SHSU ranked 5th nationally for Doctoral Faculty Productivity

Sam Houston State University has been ranked 5th nationally based on faculty scholarly productivity in its three Ph. D. programs by the Academic Analytics company.

The SHSU ranking was in the Academic Analytics specialized research category of Business, Education and Social Sciences. SHSU has Ph. D. programs in Criminal Justice (College of Criminal Justice), Counselor Education (College of Education) and Clinical Psychology (College of Humanities and Social Sciences).

SHSU also has education doctorates (Ed. D.) in Reading and Educational Leadership, which were not part of the evaluation.

“The recognition that our programs rank 5th in the nation among specialized doctoral universities is a tremendously important validation of their excellence,” said John de Castro, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

“This is particularly satisfying because the methodology used for this ranking was objective and based upon the quantifiable scholarly productivity of our faculty.”

De Castro expects the SHSU rankings to continue, and to have an effect on the university’s reputation.

“These ratings are based on past performance,” he said. “In the near future even higher rankings should be evidenced. Our students receive a world-class education. They already know it. Now these rankings let the rest of the nation know.”

Ranked ahead of SHSU were the Rand Graduate School, Teachers College at Columbia University, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology and Cleveland State University.

Rounding out the top 10 in the SHSU category were Alliant International University, Adelphi University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus, and University of the Incarnate Word.

Academic Analytics is a for-profit company founded in 2005. Their Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index ranks doctoral programs based on the scholarly productivity of their faculty, considering their publications, citations and financial and honorary awards won.

“At research universities, more than 50 percent of a faculty member’s salary is compensation for scholarly work,” said Lawrence Martin, graduate school dean at Stony Brook University and the company’s chief scientific consultant. “The FSP Index allows university leadership for the first time to get a clear picture of the comparative scholarly strength and vitality of their doctoral programs relative to others on an annual basis.”

In its second year of analysis, the FSP Index has expanded its data-gathering program to include information from nearly 200,000 faculty members based at 354 institutions and representing 118 academic disciplines in nearly 7,300 Ph. D. programs throughout the country, according to information released by the company.

In all, the FSP Index research matched those faculty to more than 15,000 books authored by slightly more than 9,500 faculty, more than one million journal articles, almost seven million cititations, over 6,000 awards and honors and more than 83,000 federal research grants, they reported.

Genevieve Brown, dean of the College of Education, said she was proud of her college’s contribution to the ranking and emphasized that good research and teaching go hand in hand.

“Universities emphasize research because that is how the latest knowledge is imparted to our students,” she said. “Good research and good teaching are compatible.”

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