Systematic inequality and hierarchy in faculty hiring networks

Published on Feb 1, 2015in Science Advances
· DOI :10.1126/sciadv.1400005
Aaron Clauset30
Estimated H-index: 30
(CU: University of Colorado Boulder),
Samuel Arbesman9
Estimated H-index: 9
(Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation),
Daniel B. Larremore14
Estimated H-index: 14
(Harvard University)
The faculty job market plays a fundamental role in shaping research priorities, educational outcomes, and career trajectories among scientists and institutions. However, a quantitative understanding of faculty hiring as a system is lacking. Using a simple technique to extract the institutional prestige ranking that best explains an observed faculty hiring network—who hires whose graduates as faculty—we present and analyze comprehensive placement data on nearly 19,000 regular faculty in three disparate disciplines. Across disciplines, we find that faculty hiring follows a common and steeply hierarchical structure that reflects profound social inequality. Furthermore, doctoral prestige alone better predicts ultimate placement than a U.S. News & World Report rank, women generally place worse than men, and increased institutional prestige leads to increased faculty production, better faculty placement, and a more influential position within the discipline. These results advance our ability to quantify the influence of prestige in academia and shed new light on the academic system.
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Liangjun Qiao3
Estimated H-index: 3
Hongwei Gao1
Estimated H-index: 1
+ 8 AuthorsHong Xu8
Estimated H-index: 8
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Published on May 1, 2015in Scientific Reports4.01
Pierre Deville6
Estimated H-index: 6
(NU: Northeastern University),
Dashun Wang14
Estimated H-index: 14
(NU: Northeastern University)
+ 3 AuthorsAlbert-La szlo Baraba si115
Estimated H-index: 115
(NU: Northeastern University)
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Péter Csermely55
Estimated H-index: 55
(Semmelweis University),
András London3
Estimated H-index: 3
(University of Szeged)
+ 1 AuthorsBrian Uzzi34
Estimated H-index: 34
(NU: Northwestern University)
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Estimated H-index: 26
(OSU: Ohio State University),
Carroll J. Glynn19
Estimated H-index: 19
(OSU: Ohio State University),
Michael E. Huge10
Estimated H-index: 10
(OSU: Ohio State University)
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Corinne A. Moss-Racusin18
Estimated H-index: 18
John F. Dovidio89
Estimated H-index: 89
+ 2 AuthorsJo Handelsman68
Estimated H-index: 68
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Sean A. Myers2
Estimated H-index: 2
(UNC: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill),
Peter J. Mucha38
Estimated H-index: 38
Mason A. Porter45
Estimated H-index: 45
(University of Oxford)
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David Cyranoski31
Estimated H-index: 31
Natasha Gilbert Ng16
Estimated H-index: 16
+ 2 AuthorsMohammed Yahia My4
Estimated H-index: 4
Stephen J. Ceci56
Estimated H-index: 56
Wendy M. Williams25
Estimated H-index: 25
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Estimated H-index: 82
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Jichao Li1
Estimated H-index: 1
(NU: Northwestern University),
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Estimated H-index: 1
(NU: Northwestern University)
+ 1 AuthorsDashun Wang1
Estimated H-index: 1
(NU: Northwestern University)
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Estimated H-index: 9
(CUNY: City University of New York),
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Estimated H-index: 11
(Manhattan College)
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Estimated H-index: 23
(U of C: University of Calgary)
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Estimated H-index: 24
(ANU: Australian National University),
Kathryn S. McKinley50
Estimated H-index: 50
Lexing Xie (ANU: Australian National University)
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Estimated H-index: 9
(LEI: Leiden University)
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Estimated H-index: 24
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Estimated H-index: 7
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Estimated H-index: 1
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Estimated H-index: 1
(UW: University of Washington),
Paulina Perez Mejias1
Estimated H-index: 1
(University of Chile)
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Estimated H-index: 3
(Asian Institute of Management),
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Estimated H-index: 10
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Estimated H-index: 4
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