The past two years, I have presented data on hires from the Leiter job thread, complete with publication averages on new hires, etc. This year, because the process of collecting data is so labor-intensive and because I've had a very busy spring, I instead have taken a sizable sample of the tenure-track jobs reported (the first 100 jobs reported on the thread). Although I took pains to get all of the data right, I cannot promise there are no mistakes. Anyway, here is some of the data:
- TT jobs accepted by male candidates: 55 (55%)
- TT jobs accepted by female candidates: 45 (45%)
- TT jobs accepted by graduates of Leiter top-5 programs: 37 (37%)
- TT jobs accepted by graduates of Leiter 6-10 programs: 13 (13%)
- TT jobs accepted by graduates of Leiter 11-25 programs: 18 (18%)
- TT jobs accepted by graduates of Leiter 26-50 programs: 20 (20%)
- TT jobs accepted by Leiter-unranked programs: 12 (12%)
- Mean publications per TT job accepted: 3.46
- Median publications per TT job accepted: 1.5
- Avg. (mean) # of top-20 journal publications per TT job accepted: 0.77
- Avg. (mean) # of non-top-20 journal publications per TT job accepted: 2.40
- % of candidates accepting TT jobs w/no publications: 27%
Although I reported TT jobs and post-docs the past two years, the first significant thing I notice about this data is the mean # of publications (3.46) this year is 1.2 pubs higher than last year.
A second very notable thing is that although candidates from Leiter top-5 programs did significantly better than those lower in the Leiter rankings, the numbers of jobs accepted by candidates lower in the Leiter rankings were relatively evenly distributed (and relatively close to proportional to the # of programs in each grouping) -- so, aside from candidates from the top-5 programs, being higher in the Leiter rankings does not appear to be an incredible advantage.
Third, "top-20" publications were -- by my lights -- in surprisingly short supply. There were a total of 79 top-20 publications for the 100 TT jobs reported, and many of those were multiple top-20 publications (anywhere between 2-10) by single reportees. There were far, far more non-top-20 publications (271!) across the 100 jobs accepted.
Finally, there also appears to be a notable increase in the proportion of women accepting TT jobs (45% in this sample compared to 36% last year, though again this is just a 100 job sample).