Leiter Report Rated Department Changes

MOVING TO THE TOP, to reflect new info about UCLA: Normore is leaving and that puts them in the top 10 in terms of losses, in my opinion. Changes reflected below:

Since the Leiter Reports has moved away from Leiter’s own evaluations alone, Brian has had to dance a bit of a tightrope between recording his own view of the significance of changes and not trying to influence the outcome of his surveys. One result is that we hear less than some of us would like about the significance of various moves in the profession, so I’m going to say what I think!
So, with the caveat that the following list almost certainly reflects a bias in favor of lemmings, here’s the top 10 gainers and top 10 losers, according to me, of Brian’s recent record of changes in evaluated departments (warning: the amount of time devoted to this task is fully commensurate with its significance, so I expect there are corrections to be made!):
1. NYU
2. Yale
3. Brown
4. Northwestern
6. Princeton
7. Cornell
8. UNC
9. Colorado
10. UC-Riverside

1. Michigan
2. USC
3. Berkeley
5. Massachusetts
6. UC-Davis
7. Georgetown
8. Texas
9. UC-Irvine
10. Illinois-Chicago


Leiter Report Rated Department Changes — 5 Comments

  1. Hi Jon,

    Looks good. I’m just curious about your inclusion of Princeton among the top 10 gainers. With t-tracks, they gain one but lose one, so that’s a push. They gain Jackson, which is huge, but only part-time (and it’s not clear how much time that means); yet Benacerraf retires, which might make one think those two combined make for a push. The only other changes are that they tenured two of their own… So what’s landing them in the “gainers” category?

  2. Hi Matt, you’re exactly right on what I was attending to. Jackson is the primary source for my judgement, reflecting a really high opinion of the importance of Jackson even part-time, but the difference between tenured and untenured faculty is very important as well. When I evaluate departments, junior people tend not to count for much, since they don’t have much of a track record yet and are less likely to remain in the department. So the newly tenured help considerably, in my view, even though they don’t put Princeton near the top of the list in terms of improvement.

  3. It’s worth noting that Northwestern stands to make further gains as they still have one outstanding offer and they will be making at least one M&E hire in the coming year. I should also point out that Northwestern also has hidden strengths in the linguistics department with people like Gregory Ward and Stefan Kaufmann.

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