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ERIC Number: ED113779
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
A Survey Investigation of Trends and Issues in Speech Communication Ph.D. Programs.
Basset, Ronald E.; Jeffrey, Robert C.
Prepared to determine the attitudes and beliefs of department chairpersons in speech communication about the future areas of academic concentration, this survey collected information on the kinds of nonacademic employment which Ph.D. graduates in speech communication obtained over the past two years. The investigators used the 1973-74 Speech Communication Assocation "Directory of Graduate Programs" to identify departments awarding the Ph.D. degree in speech communication. A fifteen-item, two-page questionnaire accompanied by a cover letter and a postage-paid return envelope were mailed to each of the chairpersons of 47 departments. Thirty-six questionnaires were returned, yielding a return rate of 77 percent. It is concluded that the strongest asset for job placement is versatility, the ability through academic training and experience to work in a variety of settings or to teach in a variety of academic areas. Furthermore, those graduates who will most likely obtain academic positions will possess demonstrated teaching competence as well as proven research ability. (The results of the survey are presented in both narrative and table format, including data on nonacademic employment.) (RB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Survey prepared at the University of Texas