The PhD Shortage in Communication Sciences and Disorders We are by now well aware that there is a shortage of PhD-level faculty in our field. Departments cannot avoid recognizing the problem, because advertised positions are typically difficult or impossible to fill. Few qualified individuals apply for open positions, and there are more open positions than applicants. It ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2003
The PhD Shortage in Communication Sciences and Disorders
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  • D. Kimbrough Oller
    University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
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Article   |   June 01, 2003
The PhD Shortage in Communication Sciences and Disorders
SIG 10 Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, June 2003, Vol. 6, 2-3. doi:10.1044/ihe6.1.2
SIG 10 Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, June 2003, Vol. 6, 2-3. doi:10.1044/ihe6.1.2
We are by now well aware that there is a shortage of PhD-level faculty in our field. Departments cannot avoid recognizing the problem, because advertised positions are typically difficult or impossible to fill. Few qualified individuals apply for open positions, and there are more open positions than applicants. It was estimated by a recent ASHA survey that we have fewer than three applicants per position. Further, survey data from the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (the Council) indicate that searches for tenure-line faculty positions are failing at an alarming rate. A specific new question about search failures was added to the Council’s survey in its most recent implementation. The question addressed the outcome for searches occurring from 1998–2000. The results indicated that 50 searches (number adjusted for reporting rate) for tenure-line faculty failed in 1998, and that 2 years later, the number nearly doubled (see www.capcsd.org for survey results). Prior to this survey, there was no available direct measure of the shortage. No one was comforted to find out that the problem appears to be getting worse at a rapid rate.
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