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Communication Faculty Job Market Continues to Recover

October 8, 2019

The National Communication Association on Monday released its annual job ads data, reporting a 130 percent increase in listings from 2009 to 2019: just 351 job ads were posted a decade ago, at the height of the Great Recession, compared to 808 this year. Job listings are up year over year as well, from 745 in 2018. The association’s report says that these numbers are better understood when paired with Ph.D. data. Some 626 communication doctorates were conferred last year, so there were fewer new scholars than jobs advertised -- good news for job seekers. More than half (467) of this year’s advertised positions were tenured or tenure track.

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Colleen Flaherty

Colleen Flaherty, Reporter, covers faculty issues for Inside Higher Ed. Prior to joining the publication in 2012, Colleen was military editor at the Killeen Daily Herald, outside Fort Hood, Texas. Before that, she covered government and land use issues for the Greenwich Time and Hersam Acorn Newspapers in her home state of Connecticut. After graduating from McGill University in Montreal in 2005 with a degree in English literature, Colleen taught English and English as a second language in public schools in the Bronx, N.Y. She earned her M.S.Ed. from City University of New York Lehman College in 2008 as part of the New York City Teaching Fellows program. 

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