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Ratio of faculty positions to applicants

  1. Mar 5, 2012 #1
    A few years ago for every fresh PhD graduate in MIS, there were three open faculty positions. Then the ratio of graduates to positions dwindled to 1: 2, then to 1:1.5, later to 4:1. Finally MIS departments all over started shutting down or being merged into Management, Operations or other departments and today hardly any schools offer a PhD in MIS.

    It is possible that there are still many fields where for every PhD graduate there are 2, 3 or more open faculty positions. Are there any areas with faculty shortages these days? Animal Sciences? Genetics? Psychology? Sociology? Wildlife Sciences? Mechanical Engineering? Computer Science? Statistics? Any field at all?
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  3. Mar 6, 2012 #2
    Economics, business, and math/science education.

    The bad news is that there are faculty shortages because those fields sharply limit the number of people that get admitted to the Ph.D. programs.
  4. Mar 6, 2012 #3
    Why not do a Google search on "faculty shortages". Nursing topped that list:


    Having spent a lot of time in computing faculties I noted that new computer science PHDs were having trouble getting faculty positions because any faculty with any computing experience (physicists, chemical engineers, whatever...) were being " converted" into computing faculty. I guess "nursing" would be too much of a stretch for most...

    Or why not move to somewhere where the education sector is growing quickly:

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/Change-foreign-faculty-rule-IITs/Article1-594967.aspx [Broken]
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