New project to track North American tenure-track appointments

August 28, 2014

The Chronicle of Higher Education is launching Academic JobTracker, a pilot project intended to identify who is managing to secure tenure-track jobs at PSE institutions in Canada and the US. According to Senior Editor Brock Read, such data has been historically difficult to obtain, with many relying on anecdotes and rumours rather than concrete intelligence. The initiative—a revival and modernization of the Chronicle’s long-since abandoned Jobtracks listing—will create a database of open positions in 11 disciplines including anthropology, economics, English literature, mathematics, and psychology, and will communicate with departments to identify who won the job. The initiative will collect data on who is doing the hiring, what subfields or focus areas are being sought after, what teaching loads are being advertised, and important application dates. The Chronicle also plans to track where successful candidates studied and what their specialties are, among other details. The initiative aims to put “hard data” behind job market perceptions. The Chronicle of Higher Education