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The original impetus for undertaking the HDS was to track trends in humanities faculty following the demise of the federal government’s National Study of Postsecondary Faculty—the only available source of data on the employment status and demographics of faculty.1 The need for such data to inform planning by university administrators, graduate programs, and policymakers seemed evident even before the sharp decline in the academic job market that occurred after 2007.2

(For the purposes of tabulating the number of faculty, departments were asked to exclude graduate students and personnel with 100 percent research appointments.

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Analysis of change over time in the median value for each discipline was not conducted as part of this study.

* A combined department is one that grants degrees in English and in languages and literatures other than English (LLE). Interpret this estimate with caution; the standard error is more than 25% of the estimate.
** Interpret with caution; the standard error is more than 25% of the estimate.

For the values underlying this figure: See Tables 1a and 1b in the Appendix, Part A.

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* For most disciplines, the estimate for at least one of the faculty categories should be interpreted with caution, as the standard error is more than 25% of the estimate. Please see Table 2 in the Appendix for details.
** A combined department is one that grants degrees in English and in languages and literatures other than English (LLE).

For the values underlying this figure: See Table 2 in the Appendix, Part A.

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* Some part-time faculty members are tenured or tenure-track.
** A combined department is one that grants degrees in English and in languages and literatures other than English (LLE).
† There was a statistically significant change from the 2012–13 level. 

For the values underlying this figure: See Table 3 in the Appendix, Part A.

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* A combined department is one that grants degrees in English and in languages and literatures other than English (LLE).
** Estimate should be interpreted with caution, as the standard error is more than 25% of the estimate.

For the values underlying this figure: See Table 3 in the Appendix, Part A.

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* Folklore and history of science have been excluded because reliable estimates could not be generated for these disciplines.
** A combined department is one that grants degrees in English and in languages and literatures other than English (LLE).

For the values underlying this figure: See Table 4 in the Appendix, Part A.

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*A combined department is one that grants degrees in English and in languages and literatures other than English (LLE).

For the values underlying this figure: See Table 5 in the Appendix, Part A.

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* A combined department is one that grants degrees in English and in languages and literatures other than English (LLE).

For the values underlying this figure: See Table 6 in the Appendix, Part A.

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* A combined department is one that grants degrees in English, and in languages and literatures other than English (LLE).

For the values underlying this figure: See Table 6 in the Appendix, Part A.

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