As regular readers of this blog know, I spent three years compiling a massive amount of data on the N. American ecology faculty job market. It covers everything from the fraction of ecology PhD recipients who get tenure-track faculty positions, to the gender balance of recent faculty hires, to the publication records and teaching experience of recent faculty hires, to how search committees want applicants to customize their applications, to the typical number of applicants per position, and much much more.
Now I’ve summarized all the results for the ESA Bulletin; the paper has just been accepted and hopefully will be out later this fall! But you don’t have to wait that long, because a preprint is up on bioRxiv. There are only minor differences between the preprint and the forthcoming final version in the Bulletin.
I hope this preprint and subsequent Bulletin paper will get these data to more of the people who need them, and will inform discussions about diversity and equity in ecology faculty hiring.
Good luck to everyone on the ecology faculty job market; I hope you find these data helpful. And if you’re advising or mentoring any ecology faculty job seekers, please point them towards this paper (and maybe even read it yourself!)