Academic Jobs in Archaeology


Over the past three decades, competition for archaeology faculty jobs at North American colleges and universities has risen significantly. Although the numbers of doctorates in anthropology has increased by approximately 70%, the numbers of new faculty positions has remained relatively constant. The present study examines academic job market trends using data derived from the 2014—2015 American Anthropological Association AnthroGuide. We identify which universities are the most successful at placing Ph.D. graduates into faculty positions by ranking each university based on their market-share trends at the decadal level. We also discuss trends in academic job placement according to gender divisions. Our findings suggest that success in landing a faculty position is largely based on where one ultimately chooses to attend graduate school.

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Academic Jobs in Archaeology. Robert Speakman, Victor Thompson, KC Jones, Isabelle Lulewicz, Carla Hadden. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 442753)

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North America

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Abstract Id(s): 21620