Professors of Archaeology- Some numbers on jobs.

Posted on February 16, 2012

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This post deals with full professors in archaeology and is one of a series of posts dealing with academic jobs for archaeologists.

If you want to know more about associate professors see here, assistant professors see here, or methodology used to collect the results see here.

There are rouglhy 494 full professors of archaeology (plus a few who don’t teach in archaeology/archaeology related departments) in the United States. Most of the professors obtained their PhD’s 20+ years ago but some are more recent. (it should be noted the 2001 and 2002 dates are unknown if they are full professors or not the school websites were vague but the 2000 is confirmed)

No year listed 26 6.6%
1964 2 0.5%
1965 3 0.8%
1966 5 1.3%
1967 2 0.5%
1968 3 0.8%
1969 4 1.0%
1970 7 1.8%
1971 6 1.5%
1972 9 2.3%
1973 17 4.3%
1974 12 3.0%
1975 19 4.8%
1976 23 5.8%
1977 13 3.3%
1978 18 4.6%
1979 21 5.3%
1980 17 4.3%
1981 22 5.6%
1982 21 5.3%
1983 23 5.8%
1984 16 4.1%
1985 16 4.1%
1986 19 4.8%
1987 24 6.1%
1988 21 5.3%
1989 22 5.6%
1990 21 5.3%
1991 22 5.6%
1992 6 1.5%
1993 13 3.3%
1994 8 2.0%
1995 6 1.5%
1996 8 2.0%
1997 7 1.8%
1998 6 1.5%
1999 3 0.8%
2000 1 0.3%
2001 1 0.3%
2002 1 0.3%

Amazingly there are people who got their degrees in the 1960′s and are still full time faculty. The average age of a new Archaeology PhD in the 1960s was about 30 so some of these prof. are about 75-80 yrs. old and still working. About 7% of them got their degrees from universities outside of the US.

University of Toronto 3 0.6%
University of Sheffield 2 0.4%
University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) 1 0.2%
University of London 3 0.6%
University of Cambridge 1 0.2%
University of British Columbia 1 0.2%
University of Alberta 1 0.2%
University of Amsterdam 1 0.2%
Simon Fraser University 1 0.2%
Southampton University 1 0.2%
Oxford University 1 0.2%
University of Stellenbosch 1 0.2%
McGill University 1 0.2%
Hebrew Univeristy 2 0.4%
Freie Universität Berlin 2 0.4%
Cambridge University 9 1.8%
Calgary 2 0.4%
Australian National U 1 0.2%
34 6.9%

The majority got their degrees from inside the US

American University 1 0.2%
Bryn Mawr College 1 0.2%
Idaho State University 1 0.2%
Oregon State University 1 0.2%
Purdue University 1 0.2%
Rutgers University 1 0.2%
SUNY-Stony Brook 1 0.2%
University of Cincinnati 1 0.2%
Union Theological Seminary 1 0.2%
University of Alaska Fairbanks 1 0.2%
University of New York at Buffalo 1 0.2%
University of Oklahoma 1 0.2%
University of Virginia 1 0.2%
Case Western Reserve University 2 0.4%
Catholic University 2 0.4%
Cornell University 2 0.4%
State University of New York at Albany 2 0.4%
Texas A&M University 2 0.4%
University of California, Davis 2 0.4%
University of Connecticut 2 0.4%
University of Oregon 2 0.4%
Vanderbilt University 2 0.4%
Graduate School & University Center (CUNY) 3 0.6%
Ohio State University 3 0.6%
University of Kansas 3 0.6%
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 3 0.6%
New York University 4 0.8%
University of California, Riverside 4 0.8%
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 4 0.8%
Washington University – St. Louis 4 0.8%
Pennsylvania State University 5 1.0%
Southern Illinois University – Carbondale 5 1.0%
University of Colorado-Boulder 5 1.0%
University of Georgia 5 1.0%
University of Minnesota 5 1.0%
University of Pittsburgh 5 1.0%
University of Tennessee, Knoxville 5 1.0%
Northwestern University 6 1.2%
Southern Methodist University 6 1.2%
University of Utah 6 1.2%
Washington State University 6 1.2%
Michigan State University 7 1.4%
Tulane University 7 1.4%
University of Wisconsin-Madison 7 1.4%
Brown University 8 1.6%
University of Florida 8 1.6%
University of Missouri, Columbia 8 1.6%
Yale University 8 1.6%
None listed 9 1.8%
Columbia University 9 1.8%
Indiana University 9 1.8%
University of Texas at Austin 9 1.8%
University of New Mexico 10 2.0%
University of Washington 10 2.0%
State University of New York at Binghamton 11 2.2%
Arizona State University 12 2.4%
University of Chicago 13 2.6%
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 14 2.8%
University of Massachusetts at Amherst 14 2.8%
University of California, Santa Barbara 16 3.2%
University of Pennsylvania 16 3.2%
University of California, Los Angeles 18 3.6%
University of California Berkeley 25 5.1%
Harvard University 28 5.7%
University of Arizona 29 5.9%
University of Michigan 37 7.5%

Since these archaeologists received their degrees at least 20 years ago you can use this as a rough guide of what schools use to be dominate and who are up and coming. For example Texas A&M only has two of its graduates in full prof. positions but they have three times as many assistant professors (those that have got their degrees in the last few years). It looks like their program has increased their success in getting their graduates into academic jobs.

I hope to figure out an rough average pay soon and will post on it.

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