Academic Positions
Advertised from September to January in CACM


The following table presents approximate counts of academic positions advertised in the Communications of the ACM between September and January in each of the past four years. In this table, positions are classifed into three main categories:


Designated Numbers Multiple Positions Lower Bound for Total Positions Number of Schools
Postdocs
1996-1997 2 (0) 2 (0) 6 (0) 3 (0)
1997-1998 0 (0) 4 (1) 8 (2) 4 (1)
1998-1999 0 (2) 4 (0) 8 (2) 4 (2)
1999-2000 0 (0) 6 (0) 12 (0) 5 (0)
Non-Tenure Track Positions
1996-1997 17 (3) 2 (0) 21 (0) 19 (2)
1997-1998 21 (1) 7 (3) 35 (7) 28 (4)
1998-1999 29 (0) 9 (1) 47 (2) 35 (1)
1999-2000 14 (7) 10 (2) 34 (11) 23 (4)
Tenure Track Positions
Junior Level
1996-1997 228 (29) 46 (11) 320 (51) 220 (26)
1997-1998 269 (37) 73 (9) 415 (55) 275 (32)
1998-1999 390 (62) 94 (15) 578 (92) 316 (48)
1999-2000 431 (77) 109 (16) 649 (109) 397 (42)
Senior Level
1996-1997 23 (2) 23 (2) 22 (2)
1997-1998 22 (0) 22 (0) 17 (0)
1998-1999 25 (1) 25 (1) 24 (1)
1999-2000 14 (3) 14 (3) 14 (3)
Any Level
1996-1997 251 (31) 46 (11) 343 (53) 235 (27)
1997-1998 291 (37) 73 (9) 437 (55) 292 (32)
1998-1999 415 (63) 94 (15) 603 (93) 323 (49)
1999-2000 445 (80) 109 (16) 663 (112) 405 (44)
Total Positions
1996-1997 370 (53)
1997-1998 480 (64)
1998-1999 658 (96)
1999-2000 709 (123) 412 (46)


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Position Categories Numbers Domestic/Foreign Schools Notes Trends Starting Date Acknowledgement

Categories of Positions

Numbers of Openings

Some ads indicate a specific number of openings, and these counts are given in the Designated Numbers column of the table. Other ads indicate Multiple Positions, without indicating just how many openings a school is trying to fill. The column Lower Bound Total counts the designated positions and the multiple positions -- counting each multiple position school as having 2 positions. Thus, this lower bound total gives a minimum number of positions. In fact, it seems likely that several schools advertising multiple positions have 3 or more openings, so the lower bound total could be significantly lower than the actual number.

Domestic and Foreign Positions

In the following table, main entries are given for positions in the United States. Foreign positions are given in parentheses.

Schools

The final column of the table gives the number of schools advertising in each year and category. As with the other counts, if the same position is advertised in several issues (e.g., in both November and December), then that position is counted only once.

Notes

Trends

Starting Dates

The CACM ads were analyzed concerning the starting dates of various positions. Due to small numbers, differences in post-doctoral positions and non-tenure-track positions seemed insignificant and are not reported here. The remaining comments are restricted to domestic, junior-level, tenure-track positions, as this is the only category where the numbers exceeded just a few for an starting time other than Fall.

Acknowledgement

Many thanks to Karen Thomson who did much of the initial tabulation of data for this report.


This document is available on the World Wide Web as

    http://www.cs.grinnell.edu/~walker/dept/cacm-ads.96-00.html

created March 3, 1999
last revised September 20, 2000

Henry M. Walker (walker@cs.grinnell.edu)