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Survey on Humanities Graduate Education and Alternative Academic Careers, 2012 (ICPSR 34938)

Principal Investigator(s): Rogers, Katina, University of Virginia. Scholarly Communication Institute


The Survey on Humanities Graduate Education and Alternative Academic Careers, 2012 investigates perceptions about career preparation provided by humanities graduate programs. The study was carried out by the Scholarly Communication Institute. The SCI administered a broad survey of humanities-trained respondents who self-identify as working in alternative academic careers (non-academic, non-tenured or tenured track), as well as their employers. Part One (Main Survey (Public-Use)) of the collection contains data of humanities-trained respondents working in alternative academic careers. Respondents were asked about their degree(s), career, methods course, value of degree(s), preparedness for position, training at work, job resources, and job skills. Part Two (Employer Survey (Public-Use)) contains data from a survey of the respondents' employers. Employers were asked about their humanities employees' performance, competencies, education, preparedness, and any training the employees needed. Part Three (Main Survey (Restricted-Use)) is a restricted data file that contains an additional 58 variables not included in Part One. Variables in Part Three include variables such as race, gender, geography, birthday, marital status, and number of dependents.

Access Notes

  • Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions. Please log in so we can determine if you are with a member institution and have access to these data files.

    One or more files in this collection have special restrictions ; consult the restrictions note to learn more.

    This data collection may not be used for any purpose other than statistical reporting and analysis. Use of these data to learn the identity of any person or establishment is prohibited. To protect respondent privacy, part three of this data collection is restricted from general dissemination. To obtain this file, researchers must agree to the terms and conditions of a Restricted Data Use Agreement in accordance with existing ICPSR servicing policies.


DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Main Survey (Public-Use) - Download All Files (37.636 MB)
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DS2:  Employer Survey (Public-Use) - Download All Files (6.135 MB)
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DS3:  Main Survey (Restricted-Use)
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Study Description


Rogers, Katina. Survey on Humanities Graduate Education and Alternative Academic Careers, 2012. ICPSR34938-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2014-06-12. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34938.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34938.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    careers, employers, employment, graduate students, higher education, humanities, job expectations, job skills, job training

Smallest Geographic Unit:    region

Geographic Coverage:    Australia, Belgium, Canada, China (Peoples Republic), Denmark, France, Germany, Global, Greece, Israel, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States

Time Period:   

  • 2012-07-10--2013-10-01

Date of Collection:   

  • 2012-07-10--2013-10-01

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    People with advanced humanities degrees employed in roles other than tenured or tenure-track faculty.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

For Part 1 and 2, character variables greater than 244 characters appear truncated in the data collection. ICPSR has provided these variables with complete responses in separate qualitative data Excel files. These Excel files also contain V1 Respondent ID. Please see Appendix 1 in the ICPSR Codebook for a complete list of character variables greater than 244 characters.

Please note that Part 1 and Part 3 can be linked using variable V1, Respondent ID.

For additional information on the Survey on Humanities Graduate Education and Alternative Academic Careers, 2012 please visit the University of Virginia Library Web site: Main Survey and Employer Survey .


Study Design:    Mixed method

Sample:    Convenience and snowball.

Time Method:    Cross-sectional

Weight:    The data are not weighted.

Mode of Data Collection:    web-based survey

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2014-06-12



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