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Table 2

Placement of 1996-97 PhDs in Classics, Modern Languages, and Linguistics

  Classics Comp. Lit. English For. Lang. Linguistics All Fields
  No. % No. % No. % No. % No. % No. %
Teaching in higher education: 37 71.2% 67 70.5% 801 72.4% 476 76.0% 87 61.7% 1468 72.7%
Tenure-track appointment 16 30.8% 41 43.2% 372 33.6% 253 40.4% 40 28.4% 722 35.7%
Full-time non-tenure-track appointment, renewable 9 17.3% 11 11.6% 191 17.3% 115 18.4% 23 16.3% 349 17.3%
Full-time non-tenure-track appointment, 1 yr 9 17.3% 7 7.4% 90 8.1% 52 8.3% 11 7.8% 169 8.4%
Part-time appointment 3 5.8% 8 8.4% 147 13.3% 55 8.8% 13 9.2% 226 11.2%
Subtotal all full-time teaching appointments 34 65.4% 59 62.1% 653 59.0% 420 67.1% 74 52.5% 1240 61.4%
Subtotal all full-time non-tenure-track appointments 18 34.6% 18 18.9% 281 25.4% 167 26.7% 34 24.1% 518 25.6%
Subtotal all non-tenure-track appointments 21 40.4% 26 27.4% 428 38.7% 222 35.5% 47 33.3% 744 36.8%
Other higher education placement:                        
Postdoctoral fellowship 3 5.8% 6 6.3% 38 3.4% 11 1.8% 15 10.6% 73 3.6%
Academic administration 1 1.9% 3 3.2% 31 2.8% 7 1.1% 0 0.0% 42 2.1%
Employed outside higher education: 4 7.7% 4 4.2% 123 11.1% 56 8.9% 21 14.9% 208 10.3%
Secondary or elementary school teaching 2 3.8% 1 1.1% 36 3.3% 21 3.4% 1 0.7% 61 3.0%
Govt, for-profit, or not-for-profit organization 2 3.8% 2 2.1% 72 6.5% 31 5.0% 20 14.2% 127 6.3%
Self-employed 0 0.0% 1 1.1% 15 1.4% 4 0.6% 0 0.0% 20 1.0%
Not employed: 7 13.5% 14 14.7% 106 9.6% 60 9.6% 16 11.3% 203 10.0%
Seeking employment 6 11.5% 13 13.7% 87 7.9% 52 8.3% 16 11.3% 174 8.6%
Not seeking employment 1 1.9% 1 1.1% 19 1.7% 8 1.3% 0 0.0% 29 1.4%
Teaching, classification unknown 0 0.0% 1 1.1% 7 0.6% 16 2.6% 2 1.4% 26 1.3%
Basis for %s 52 95 1,106 626 141 2,020

Note: The numbers of PhDs used to calculate the placement percentages given in Table 2 exclude PhDs whose employment placements were reported as unknown and foreign nationals with temporary residency status in the US who returned to their countries of origin after receiving their degrees.

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