The LSA is pleased to announce the publication of the sixth edition of its Annual Report on the State of Linguistics in Higher Education [pdf]. The 2018 Annual Report provides data and information on careers in linguistics, trends in linguistic teaching positions, gender and ethnicity breakdowns within linguistics, and topics of specialization in linguistics programs, among other areas. The report features data provided by linguistics departments and programs throughout North America, federal government surveys, the American Academy, and the LSA's internal membership directory.

Highlights from the report include:

  • A career at an educational institution continues to be the most popular professional outcome for PhD holders in Linguistics. There are still a significant number of linguists pursuing careers in industry, government, and K-14 education after obtaining their  doctorates. Outside of academia, Business/Industry continues to surpass Non-Profit Organizations as the leading non-academic field for Linguistic PhDs.
  • Within higher education, departments report that 42% of their faculty are full professors, but the nonprofessorial category is growing, particularly for women in other part-time positions.
  • Since 2013, women hold more positions on average in each department than men. However, men consistently hold more Assistant and Full Professor positions on average than women, with reporting departments showing an average of 2.9 male full professors to an average of 2.39 female full professors for 2018.
  • In 2018, there was an increase in BAs awarded by programs with MAs and PhDs as their highest degree offer in contrast with the 2017 data, which showed a decrease.
  • There is a notable decrease over the past two years in earned doctorates in Linguistics. In 2015, 288 Linguistics doctorates were awarded followed by 237 in 2016 and 208 in 2017.

For the 2018 Report, there was a decrease in the number of departments reporting on faculty and gender over the previous year (likely because new COSWL survey data was presented in 2016, but not this year), but a slight increase in the total number of institutions providing any data. To improve the quality of our data for future Annual Reports, the LSA encourages all LSA members to update their member profile (available upon login) and for all linguistics programs to do the same in the LSA Directory of Linguistics Departments and Programs. Thanks to all members who help us continue to study and report on ongoing trends within linguistics.

The 2018 Annual Report was compiled by LSA Intern, Meghan Birch, and overseen by LSA Executive Director Alyson ReedThe current report and previous reports are also available on the LSA website.