The PhD Shortage: The Time for Action Is Upon Us That our discipline is suffering from a shortage of PhD students and young PhD faculty is not news. That the research foundations of our discipline are consequently threatened is not news. That difficulties finding and hiring high quality new faculty put many of our academic programs in highly vulnerable ... Viewpoint
Viewpoint  |   October 01, 2003
The PhD Shortage: The Time for Action Is Upon Us
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  • Janis Costello Ingham
    University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
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Viewpoint   |   October 01, 2003
The PhD Shortage: The Time for Action Is Upon Us
SIG 10 Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, October 2003, Vol. 6, 3-4. doi:10.1044/ihe6.2.3
SIG 10 Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, October 2003, Vol. 6, 3-4. doi:10.1044/ihe6.2.3
That our discipline is suffering from a shortage of PhD students and young PhD faculty is not news. That the research foundations of our discipline are consequently threatened is not news. That difficulties finding and hiring high quality new faculty put many of our academic programs in highly vulnerable positions; that the quality of research education in some of our PhD programs is not necessarily top notch; and that the problem will only continue to get worse as the “graying” of our faculty leads to more retirements—all of these facts are by now indisputable.
Much attention has been given to these issues. Kim Oller (2003)  wrote persuasively about the PhD shortage in the most recent issue of Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education. He pointed out that the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD) has taken it on as one of its primary concerns (see The Proceedings posted on the Web site at http://www.capcsd.org) and that ASHA has designated this issue as a priority for its attention and its dollars. In fact, we’ve been talking about this problem and gathering data to verify its existence, for such a long time now that some even profess to be weary of hearing yet again about the PhD shortage.
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