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American Sociological Association: ASA Dept Survey - Percent of Depts Reporting More Ten Track Faculty Than Previous Year, AY 2000/01 and AY 2006/07
ASA Dept Survey - Percent of Departments Reporting More Ten Track Faculty Than Previous Year, AY 2000/01 and AY 2006/07
Whether departments had more, the same, or fewer full-time faculty in their departments compared to the previous year is found by subtracting the number of faculty that left from the number of new hires. This graph shows that a majority of departments in 2008 reported having either the same number of faculty or fewer faculty compared to the previous year. While more than one-third of Research I schools (37 percent) reporting having more faculty in AY 2006/07 than in the prior year, the situation declined for Docotoral I and II, Master's I and II, and Baccalaureate I schools in the 6-year period. There was a small increase among Research II schools and Baccalaureate II schools. This relative lack of department growth leads chairs to be concerned about looming retirements and uncertain position replacement.
Further findings from the 2002 and 2008 Department Surveys can be found in the following research briefs: