Placement of Graduates

The departments assist graduates in obtaining positions by helping them prepare materials, including a curriculum vita, and statements of research and teaching interest. The department maintains a list of open positions, and position announcements are often circulated by email within the departments. The Placement Committee coaches job candidates on application letters and procedures. An account is maintained with Interfolio, which allows candidates to apply for open positions electronically. The Placement Committee Chair also coaches job applicants on interview procedures, and on negotiating conditions of appointment. According to the American Sociological Association, there are about 600 teaching positions for Ph.D.s advertised in the United States annually. The years 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 were exceptions, due to the recession. The number recovered in 2012. We anticipate that the number of openings will remain at this level. Each year, about 16 students declare themselves candidates for positions. Six to ten obtain university or college teaching positions, two to four obtain postdoctoral fellowships or research positions, and the remainder either withdraw from the market for that year or do not obtain positions. The caliber of the position is correlated with the candidate's ability and his or her research and teaching experiences while at Wisconsin. We anticipate the number of candidates will slowly decline from 2012 to 2018 since we reduced the size of the entering cohort of students in September of 2010.

Recent PhD Placements