The number of academic-job openings in history increased by 18 percent in 2011-12, but the competition for such positions is steep as the number of new Ph.D. recipients continues to outstrip the number of available jobs, according to a new report by the American Historical Association.
The report was published on Wednesday in the association’s Perspectives on History newsletter, a day before the group opens its annual meeting, in New Orleans.
Employers advertised 740 jobs with the association in the past academic year, up from 627 the previous year, marking the second year that job listings were on the rise, according to the report, which was written by Robert B. Townsend, the association’s deputy director. Yet at the same time, the number of full-time faulty members employed in history departments fell slightly.
The number of new Ph.D.’s awarded in 2011-12 was about 1,100, a figure that is a combination of new doctoral degrees reported to the association’s annual Directory of History Departments and federal data from a year earlier. A year earlier, according to federal data, 1,066 Ph.D.’s were conferred.
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