2019-2020 North American Faculty Job Market Survey

by Daina Tagavi, Professional Development Peer
Monday, May 18, 2020 8:15 AM

Do you want some good research karma? Researchers at the University of North Dakota are hoping you'll consider participating in this important survey about the faculty job market. 

Last year a group of former and current postdocs launched a collaborative study to bring transparency to the overall stressful and opaque process that is the faculty job market. You can find their previous work as an open access preprint, which is under review for publication at eLife. 

This was an exciting start, but the researchers have designed a second survey to address more nuanced factors in obtaining a job offer. Specifically, ​the new survey collects expanded demographics (underrepresented groups, visa status, etc..) and under-explored aspects of training, like institution prestige. ​All who have applied for faculty jobs at any institution type between May 2019 and May 2020 in the United States or Canada are eligible to participate. 

This extended version of ​the previous study will provide a more clear and complete picture of the complex factors influencing faculty job search success. To increase the relevancy of ​the survey to the COVID-19 pandemic, the creators have included questions regarding its impact on the job market this cycle. This unprecedented event has led to reports of offers being withdrawn. Thus, data collection to analyze the full impacts of COVID-19 on the faculty job market on a national scale is critical.

Thank you so much for your time!