ERIC Number: ED219320
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
A Look at Academic Positions in Geography, 1974-83.
This paper looks at the college positions in geography that have become available in the last 8 years and notes their regional distribution. These positions are projected into 1982 and 1983 and compared with the number of individuals qualified to fill them. To measure the number of positions available in geography, the number of new academic positions advertised in the January, February, March, and April issues of the Jobs in Geography (JIG) Section of the Association of American Geographers "AAG Newsletter" from 1974 through 1981 were tabulated. The total number of new positions was compiled for each region of the United States. Conclusions include the following. From 1974 through 1981 the academic job market in geography went through a period of decline. New positions in geography during the period had moved to the Southeast which became the biggest employer of new Ph.D.s. The decline in new positions in geography was paralleled by an even greater decrease in the number of new Ph.D.s graduated. In 1982 there will be a surplus of new positions in excess of Ph.D.s for the first time in many years. The law of supply and demand can be applied to geography positions and this can be interpreted to mean an upcoming surge in graduate school enrollment to fill these surplus jobs. A philosophy change in academia concerning geography will need to happen. College administrators will need to recognize that it is now a seller's market and will have to make adjustments to retain their competent geographers. (RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (San Antonio, TX, April, 1982).