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This report is based on research conducted by OSEP with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) under National Science Foundation Contract No. SRS-9531746. Opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of OSEP and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NEH.
Ingram, L., and P. Brown. 1997. Humanities Doctorates in the United States: 1995 Profile. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press. (The report gives the results of data collected in the 1995 Survey of Humanities Doctorates sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and conducted by the National Research Council.)
Survey of Humanities Doctorates
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M. R. C. Greenwood (Chair),
University of California
University of Virginia
University of Michigan
California State University
Stephen J. Lukasik, Independent Consultant
California State University
The Urban Institute
John D. Wiley,
University of Wisconsin
SmithKline Beecham Corporation
A. Thomas Young,
Lockheed Martin Corporation (retired)
The conduct of the 1995 Survey of Humanities Doctorates, maintenance of the resulting data file, and publication of this report were funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Jeffrey Thomas, who serves as project officer for NEH, assisted the project staff of the Office of Scientific and Engineering Personnel (OSEP) with helpful advice about revisions to the draft report.
The 1995 survey was conducted under the administrative supervision of Susan Mitchell. Linda Ingram and Prudence Brown analyzed the survey results and drafted the text. Ramal Moonesinghe, survey statistician, verified the accuracy of the analysis and the technical notes. Dan Pasquini and Martha Bohman prepared the tables and graphics and finalized the manuscript for publication. Peter Henderson conducted a final review of the report.
Special appreciation is expressed to Eileen Milner, who supervised the coding and editing of the data, and to her staff—Kevin Williams, Gedamu Abraha, Kevin Kocur, and Jacinta Kelly—who provided support in the processing of the data. Thanks are also extended to Cindy Woods, senior analyst, and SiuChong Wan, statistical programmer, who were responsible for system design and file generation.
The work of this project was overseen by the Advisory Committee of OSEP, which is concerned with the activities of the National Research Council that contribute to the effective development and utilization of the nation's scholars and research personnel. During the development of this report, Charlotte V. Kuh, Executive Director of OSEP, provided helpful guidance, as did Marilyn Baker, Associate Executive Director.
Finally, thanks go to all of the doctorate recipients who have completed the survey over the years. Without their continuing cooperation, this survey project would not be possible.
M. R. C. GREENWOOD, CHAIR
OFFICE OF SCIENTIFIC AND ENGINEERING PERSONNEL
List of Figures
Humanities Ph.D. population, by field of doctorate, 1995.
Field composition of humanities Ph.D.s, by gender, 1995.
Humanities Ph.D.s, by field and employment status, 1995.
Unemployment rates for all humanities Ph.D.s and recent graduates, by field, 1995.
Employed humanities Ph.D.s, by sector of employment, 1995.
Faculty status of academically employed humanities Ph.D.s, by field, 1995.
Proportion of academically employed humanities Ph.D.s with tenure, by time since Ph.D. and gender, 1995.
Employed humanities Ph.D.s, by primary work activity and field, 1995
Median annual salaries of humanities Ph.D.s, by field and gender, 1995.
Humanities Ph.D.s, by relationship of job to doctoral field, 1995.
Humanities Ph.D.s with second jobs, by field, 1995.
Changes in employment of humanities Ph.D.s, from 1993 to 1995.
Mean number of publications by humanities Ph.D.s between April 1994 and April 1995, by field.