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ERIC Number: ED509462
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Historical Labor Market Influences: Elite PhDs in the Humanities at Comprehensive Universities (1972-1982)
Wilkinson, Leah; Vander Putten, Jim
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Denver, CO, Apr 30-May 4, 2010)
The economic downturn that began in the United States in 2008 has influenced higher education in similar ways to retrenchment in the early 1970s. Institutional budget constraints have expedited long-term declines in the number of full-time, tenure track faculty positions available in many academic disciplines, especially the humanities. This qualitative study examined the careers of humanities faculty who were trained at prestigious research institutions before entering a tight academic labor market as newly-minted PhDs in the period from 1972-1982. The discrepancies between future faculty preparation and unanticipated career options in the 1970s had long-lasting repercussions for the study participants, and underscores the differences between elite PhD-granting research universities and employing Master's I/Comprehensive universities. (Contains 2 tables.)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States