“A data-based guide to the North American ecology faculty job market” now published

I’m putting up this brief post to announce that the ESA Bulletin has published my paper, “A data-based guide to the North American ecology faculty job market“. This paper pulls together much of what I’ve written about this topic over the past few years in one place. I’m hopeful that this will make these data more useful to more ecology faculty job seekers, now and in future. I’ve received a lot of positive feedback on this work over the years from ecology faculty job seekers, expressing appreciation for data that addressed their anxieties. Receiving that feedback motivated me to keep pursuing this work and publish it in the Bulletin.

I’m also aware of some ethical concerns about the data I compiled on gender balance in recent ecology faculty hiring, that were raised at the time the preprint went up. I responded to some of those concerns at the time they were raised. Responding to other concerns required more time. I sought advice from knowledgeable colleagues (who are not responsible for my choices), consulted my institution’s IRB, and redid the data compilation using modified methods previously used in other recent papers addressing gender balance in other areas of ecology. The Bulletin paper thus differs from the preprint in some ways, and addresses the concerns of which I’m aware to the best of my ability. I recognize that my responses will not satisfy everyone.

For me, publication of this Bulletin piece brings this body of work to a close. I have no plans to continue data collection, or to do further analyses of the data I’ve already collected. I don’t think there’s much more of interest to be learned from these data. And the ecology faculty job market only changes slowly, so these data will remain a reliable guide for several years at least. The Bulletin piece is now out there for anyone who wants to read it; it’s time for me to move on to other things.