Join us to learn the results of a 3-year study on the number of academic tenure-line jobs in linguistics vs. the number of PhDs produced in our field. We’ll go beyond anecdotal accounts (“the academic job market sucks”) to talk about the hard data that faculty and students should know about the academic employment landscape in general, as well as data they should seek about their own department’s employment placements. Our good news is that there are opportunities in other fields and sectors where linguists can find work (one of the benefits of the entire LCL) and we’ll provide employment outcome data from one anonymous linguistics department. The goal here is to empower students and faculty with real data on employment outcomes and action steps to take to improve mindset about the employment placement of linguistics graduates.

Alexandra Johnston, PhD
Susan Steele, PhD