The Tenured Archaeologists- A look at Associate Professor Jobs in Archaeology

Posted on February 15, 2012

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Yesterday, I looked at the break down of assistant professor archaeologists in academia. This post looks at those that have obtained tenure but have not quite reached the level of full professor. There are roughly 344 archaeologists in such a position (this is only for US universities and departments that offer archaeology degrees/concentrations/classes there are about 70 archaeologists who do not work in such a department but are still in academia full description of data can be found here). As would be expected most of them got their degrees several years ago un-like assistant professors.

No year listed 13 3.8%
1972 1 0.3%
1973 3 0.9%
1975 3 0.9%
1976 2 0.6%
1977 2 0.6%
1978 2 0.6%
1979 4 1.2%
1980 5 1.5%
1981 4 1.2%
1982 7 2.0%
1983 6 1.7%
1984 4 1.2%
1985 7 2.0%
1986 7 2.0%
1987 7 2.0%
1988 7 2.0%
1989 7 2.0%
1990 14 4.1%
1991 10 2.9%
1992 12 3.5%
1993 13 3.8%
1994 12 3.5%
1995 11 3.2%
1996 17 4.9%
1997 13 3.8%
1998 18 5.2%
1999 17 4.9%
2000 18 5.2%
2001 23 6.7%
2002 21 6.1%
2003 30 8.7%
2004 13 3.8%
2005 8 2.3%
2006 1 0.3%
2007 1 0.3%
2008 1 0.3%

The more recent ones e.g. 2008, 2007, appear to be archaeologists who have work at the university for a long time but only recently completed their degrees.  Some of them could also be errors on the websites or in the AAA e-guide were the information was gathered from. As would be expected most of the associate professors got their degrees 8-20 years ago (usually have to spend 5-6 years as an assistant professor). Of note is that some archaeologists obtained their degrees decades ago and still have not been made full professors. As full professors make more than associates it must be hurting some of their life time earnings.

Of interest is where these tenured profs. got their degrees from-

Non-US Universities

Anderbilt University 1 0.3%
Belgrade 1 0.3%
Freie Universitat Berlin 1 0.3%
McMaster University 1 0.3%
University of the Saarland 1 0.3%
University of Toronto 3 0.9%
University of Sydney 1 0.3%
University of London 1 0.3%
University of Cambridge 1 0.3%
University of Alberta 2 0.6%
U Sheffield 1 0.3%
Simon Fraser University 1 0.3%

US Universities-

American University 1 0.3%
Boston University 1 0.3%
Bryn Mawr College 1 0.3%
City U New York 1 0.3%
College of William and Mary 1 0.3%
Connecticut 1 0.3%
Cornell University 1 0.3%
New York University 1 0.3%
St. Thomas’s Hospital Medical School 1 0.3%
Standford 1 0.3%
State University of New York, Stony Brook 1 0.3%
Syracuse University 1 0.3%
University of California, Davis 1 0.3%
University of Alaska Fairbanks 1 0.3%
University of Cincinnati 1 0.3%
University of Maryland 1 0.3%
University of Minnesota 1 0.3%
University of New York Binghamton 1 0.3%
University of Oklahoma 1 0.3%
University of Rochester 1 0.3%
University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee 1 0.3%
Utah State U 1 0.3%
Columbia University 2 0.6%
Purdue University 2 0.6%
Rutgers University 2 0.6%
State University of New York at Buffalo 2 0.6%
The Catholic University America 2 0.6%
Tulane 2 0.6%
University of Virginia 2 0.6%
University of Colorado, Boulder 2 0.6%
University of Kentucky 2 0.6%
University of Nevada 2 0.6%
University of Washington 2 0.6%
Vanderbilt University 2 0.6%
Indiana University 3 0.9%
Southern Illinois U – Carbondale 3 0.9%
State University of New York, Albany 3 0.9%
The Ohio State University 3 0.9%
University of California, Riverside 3 0.9%
University of Kansas 3 0.9%
University of Texas at Austin 3 0.9%
Washington State University 3 0.9%
Michigan State University 4 1.2%
University of California, Los Angeles 4 1.2%
University of Georgia 4 1.2%
University of Massachusetts – Amherst 5 1.5%
University of Missouri-Columbia 4 1.2%
University of Pittsburgh 4 1.2%
University of Utah 4 1.2%
Brown University 5 1.5%
Northwestern University 5 1.5%
Southern Methodist University 5 1.5%
University of Oregon 5 1.5%
Washington University, St. Louis 5 1.5%
State University of New York, Binghamton 6 1.7%
Texas A&M University 6 1.7%
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 6 1.7%
University of Wisconsin 6 1.7%
Yale University 6 1.7%
Pennsylvania State University 8 2.3%
University of Wisconsin–Madison 8 2.3%
Harvard University 9 2.6%
University of Chicago 9 2.6%
University of Florida 9 2.6%
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 9 2.6%
None given 10 2.9%
University of California, Santa Barbara 11 3.2%
University of Tennessee, Knoxville 11 3.2%
University of New Mexico 12 3.5%
University of California, Berkeley 13 3.8%
Arizona State University 14 4.1%
University of Pennsylvania 16 4.7%
University of Arizona 18 5.2%
University of Michigan 18 5.2%

Compare those numbers against that of the top 15 schools for assistant professor positions (those jobs obtained in the last 5-6 years)

University of Washington 5 1.9%
University of California, Los Angeles 6 2.3%
University of Chicago 6 2.3%
University of New Mexico 6 2.3%
Texas A&M University 7 2.7%
Tulane University 7 2.7%
University of California, Berkeley 7 2.7%
University of Tennessee 7 2.7%
University of Texas at Austin 8 3.1%
University of California-Santa Barbara 8 3.1%
Arizona State University 9 3.5%
Harvard University 12 4.6%
University of Arizona 12 4.6%
University of Michigan 15 5.8%
University of Pennsylvania 16

You see some familiar schools but you also see some that have put a lot more students into academia than other schools recently. As I said already- BEFORE anyone reads into these numbers that- AZ, MI, Harvard, Penn, etc. are the best programs for producing academic archaeologists, it is important to remember that the number that matters is  number of jobs against the number of graduates they produce.

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