This website details the methodology of the Human Development and Family Science Report inaugural ranking. The survey was loosely modeled off of The Philosophical Gourmet Report, Brian Leiter’s highly regarded ranking of graduate programs in Philosophy in the English-speaking world. Below I describe the content of the survey as well as the statistics behind the ranking.
Programs and Faculty
There does not exist a ranking of HDFS doctoral programs, at least not a publicly available ranking. Part of the problem, well summarized by Dr. Jason Hans of the University of Kentucky in Family Relations, is that there are 103 different names for 217 HDFS-type academic units he considered.
To identify programs to rank, I first used the degree program guide, managed by Dr. Hans, of the National Council on Family Relations, to generate a list of doctoral degree programs. I dropped programs that only had a clinical focus (i.e. couple and family therapy programs) as well as some programs that were determined to not have HDFS doctoral degrees, resulting in a list of 47 departments. Some programs with a more human development focus are not on this list, so these departments were added to the list, resulting in a final of 53 departments. I received assistance from Jason Sullivan, who is in institutional research at The Ohio State University, in creating a complete list of HDFS-type programs, as well as several colleagues with whom I shared my initial list. I learned after I distributed the survey that one program did not have a Ph.D., thus one program was dropped, resulting in 52 departments for the final ranking.
Here is the program list:
Arizona State University, School of Social & Family Dynamics (1)
Auburn University, Department of Human Development & Family Studies (2)
Brandeis University, Heller School for Social Policy & Management (Institute for Child, Youth & Family Policy) (3)
Brigham Young University, School of Family Life Program (4)
Colorado State University, Department of Human Development & Family Studies (5)
Cornell University, Department of Human Development (6)
East Carolina University, Department of Child Development & Family Relations (7)
Florida State University, Department of Family & Child Sciences (8)
Iowa State University, Department of Human Development & Family Studies (9)
Kansas State University, School of Family Studies & Human Services (10)
Loma Linda University, Department of Counseling & Family Sciences (11)
Louisiana State University, School of Social Work, Concentration in Child & Family Studies (12)
Michigan State University, Department of Human Development & Family Studies (13)
Mississippi State University, School of Human Sciences (14)
Montclair State University, Department of Family & Child Studies (15)
North Dakota State University, Department of Child Development and Family Science (16)
Northwestern University, Program in Human Development and Social Policy (17)
Ohio State University, Program in Human Development and Family Science (18)
Oklahoma State University, Department of Human Development & Family Science (19)
Oregon State University, Human Development & Family Sciences (20)
Pennsylvania State University, Department of Human Development & Family Studies (21)
Purdue University, Department of Human Development & Family Studies (22)
Syracuse University, Department of Child & Family Studies (23)
Texas Tech University, Department of Human Development & Family Studies (24)
Texas Woman’s University, Department of Family Sciences (25)
Tufts University, Department of Child Study and Human Development (26)
University of Alabama, Department of Human Development & Family Studies (27)
University of Alberta, Program in Human Development and Family Studies (28)
University of Arizona, Division of Family Studies & Human Development (29)
University of California – Davis, Program in Human Development and Family Studies (30)
University of Connecticut, Department of Human Development & Family Studies (31)
University of Delaware, Department of Human Development & Family Studies (32)
University of Florida, Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences (33) (data dropped for lack of PhD degree)
University of Georgia, Department of Human Development and Family Science (34)
University of Guelph, Department of Family Relations & Applied Nutrition (35)
University of Illinois, Department of Human & Community Development (36)
University of Kentucky, Department of Family Sciences (37)
University of Manitoba, Department of Family Social Sciences (38)
University of Maryland, Department of Family Science (39)
University of Minnesota, Department of Family Social Science (40)
University of Missouri, Department of Human Development & Family Studies (41)
University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Department of Child, Youth & Family Studies (42)
University of New Mexico, Department of Individual, Family & Community Education (43)
University of North Carolina–Greensboro, Department of Human Development & Family Studies (44)
University of North Texas, Department of Educational Psychology, specialization in Human Development and Family Studies (45)
University of Pennsylvania, Program in Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development (46)
University of Rochester, Program in Human Development (47)
University of Tennessee, Department of Child & Family Studies (48)
University of Texas, Department of Human Development & Family Sciences (49)
University of Wisconsin, Department of Human Development & Family Studies (50)
Utah State University, Department of Family, Consumer, & Human Development (51)
Virginia Tech University, Department of Human Development (52)
West Virginia University, Program in Education – Emphasis in Human Development and Family Studies (53)
Some survey responders rated the faculty in each program, rather than the program and university, much in the style of the Philosophical Gourmet Report. Here is the list of faculty. Numbers correspond to each university above. Faculty lists were culled from graduate program and department websites, and may include lecturers for some programs.
Robert Bradley Sarah Brem Scott Christopher Larry Dumka Steve Elliott Richard Fabes Samuel Green William Griffin Laura Hanish Eric Hedberg Jenefer Husman Masumi Iida Justin Jager Olga Kornienko Alexander Kurz Becky Ladd Gary Ladd Roy Levy Sabina Low Carol Martin Cindy Miller Eleanor Seaton Sandra Simpkins Tracy Spinrad Marilyn Thompson Monica Tsethlikai Adriana Umaña-Taylor Kimberly Updegraff Carlos Valiente Rebecca White Natalie Wilkens Brandon Yoo (1)
Ellen Abell Francesca Adler-Baeder Kristen Bub Robert R. Bubb Adrienne Duke Mona El-Sheikh Stephen A. Erath Thomas Fuller-Rowell Megan Haselschwerdt Margaret K. Keiley Jennifer L. Kerpelman Scott A. Ketring Leanne K. Lamke Jacquelyn Mize Gregory S. Pettit Joe Pittman Amy Rauer Carol Lee Roberson Jamie Sailors Diana Samek Emily M. Skuban Thomas A. Smith Donna Lynn Sollie Brian E. Vaughn (2)
Dolores Acevedo-Garcia Unda Ioana Crisan Lisa Dodson Alison Earle Kimberly Geronimo Erin Hardy Pamela Joshi Laurie Nsiah-Jefferson Bethany Romano Lindsay Rosenfeld (3)
Dawna Baugh Roy Bean Ivan Beutler Angela Bradford Dean Busby Mark Butler Jason Carroll Sarah Coyne Russ Crane Randal Day David Dollahite Tom Draper Steve Duncan Justin Dyer Leslie Feinauer Dick Galbraith Jim Harper Craig Hart Alan Hawkins Jeffrey Hill Tom Holman Erin Holmes Spencer James Lee Johnson Nate Lambert Chien-Ti Lee Richard Miller Chris Moore David Nelson Larry Nelson Chris Porter Clyde Robinson Susanne Olsen Roper Jonathan Sandberg Laura Walker Brian Willoughby Jeremy Yorgason (4)
Jennifer Aberle Karen Caplovitz Barrett Allison Bielak Zeynep Biringen J. Douglas Coatsworth Lisa A. Daunhauer Manfred Diehl Deborah Fidler Christine A. Fruhauf (Bubien) William J. Gavin Shelley A. Haddock Ashley Harvey Jen Krafchick Rachel Lucas-Thompson Erika Lunkenheimer David MacPhee Karen Rattenborg Nathaniel Riggs Lauren Shomaker Lise M. Youngblade Toni Zimmerman (5)
Adam Anderson Charles Brainerd Anthony Burrow Marianella Casasola Stephen Ceci Richard Depue Eve De Rosa John Eckenrode Gary Evans Stephen Hamilton Cynthia Hazan Barbara Koslowski Tamar Kushnir Corinna Loeckenhoff Barbara Lust Jane Mendle Anthony Ong Karl Pillemer Valerie Reyna Steven Robertson Ritch Savin-Williams Nathan Spreng Robert Sternberg Felix Thoemmes Qi Wang Elaine Wethington Wendy Williams (6)
Sharon Ballard Eboni Baugh Susannah Berry Sheresa Blanchard Barbara Brehm Andrew Brimhall Elizabeth Carroll Priti Desai Katherine (Kit) W. Didericksen Bernice Dodor David Dosser Kate Harcourt Archana Hegde Jennifer L. Hodgson Jakob Jensen Bryce Jorgensen Cheryl Johnson Angela Lamson Sandra Lookabaugh Linda Mitchell Damon Rappleyea Natalia Sira Alan Taylor Lisa Tyndall Chia Jung Yeh (7)
Ming Cui Wayne Denton Frank Fincham Melinda Gonzales-Backen Kendal Holtrop Murray Krantz Mallory Lucier-Greer Lenore McWey Penny Ralston Marsha Rehm (8)
Cassandra Dorius Cynthia Fletcher Jonathan Fox Megan Gilligan Kimberly Greder Clinton Gudmunson Gong-Soog Hong Kere Hughes-Belding Tera Jordan Amelia Karraker Brenda Lohman Gayle Luze Jennifer Margrett Peter Martin Susan Maude Christine Maynard Tricia Neppl Carla Peterson Daniel Russell Thomas Schofield Debra Sellers Elizabeth Shirtcliff Amie Zarling (9)
Rick Scheidt Bronwyn Fees Mary DeLuccie Elaine Johannes Bradford Wiles Gayle Doll Kate Behan Duane Crawford Mindy Markham Karen Myers-Bowman Kimmery Newsom Charlotte Olsen Walter Schumm (10)
Ian Chand Curtis Fox Douglas Huenergardt Carmen Knudson-Martin Michelle Minyard-Widmann Mary E. Moline Winetta Oloo Aylene Popka Alisha Saavedra Cheryl Simpson Randall Walker Jackie Williams-Reade (11)
Cassandra Chaney Loren Marks Pamela Monroe Sarah Pierce Katherine Stamps Mitchell (12)
Barbara Ames Adrian Blow Amy E. Bonomi Ryan Bowles Holly E. Brophy-Herb Marsha Carolan Sarah N. Douglas Hope K. Gerde Robert J. Griffore Deborah J. Johnson Julia R. Miller Esther E. Onaga José Rubén Parra-Cardona Lillian A. Phenice Desiree Baolian Qin Lawrence B. Schiamberg Le Anne E. Silvey Lori Skibbe Claire D. Vallotton Francisco A. Villarruel Andrea K. Wittenborn June Pierce Youatt (13)
Lori Elmore-Staton Angel Fason Charles Freeman Jr. Rita Green Julie C. Parker Tommy Phillips Paula Threadgill Joe Wilmoth (14)
Katia Paz Goldfarb Tiffany L. Brown Jonathan Caspi Bradley van Eeden-Moorefield Constance Gager Pauline Garcia-Reid Sara Goldstein Lyndal Khaw Chih-Yuan Steven Lee Soyoung Lee Miriam R. Linver Olena Nesteruk Christine A. Price Robert J. Reid Pearl Stewart Jennifer Brown Urban (15)
James E. Deal Kristen Benson Elizabeth Blodgett Salafia Sean Brotherson Kim Bushaw Margaret Fitzgerald Heather Fuller-Iglesias Joel Hektner Nancy Kaler Christi McGeorge Melissa Lunsman O'Connor Debra Pankow Candace Philbrick Sharon Query Brandy A. Randall Divya Saxena Lori Scharmer Tom Stone Carlson Jane Strommen Wendy Troop-Gordon Ann Werlinger Rebecca Woods Dena Wyum (16)
Emma Addam Lindsay Chase-Lansdale Cynthia Coburn Jeannette Colyvas Fay Lomax Cook Thomas Cook Mesmin Destin David Figlio Jonathan Guryan Claudia Haase Larry Hedges Barton Hirsch Simone Ispa-Landa Kirabo Jackson Dan Lewis Jelani Mandara Dan McAdams Thomas McDade Penelope Peterson James Rosenbaum Terri Sabol Diane Schanzenbach Morton Schapiro Heather Schoenfeld Bruce Spencer James Spillane Linda Teplin Laurie Wakschlag Ellen Wartella (17)
Suzanne Bartle-Haring Michael Betz Cynthia Buettner Xin Feng Claire Kamp Dush Keeley Pratt Kelly Purtell Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan Natasha Slesnick Anastasia Snyder Deanna Wilkinson Jen D. Wong (18)
Mayra Almodovar Whitney A. Bailey Alexander Bishop Matthew Brosi Gretchen Cole-Lade Ronald Cox Jr. Michael Criss Kami Gallus Brandt Gardner Joseph Grzywacz Amanda Harrist Jennifer Hays-Grudo Tammy L. Henderson Charles Hendrix Carolyn S. Henry Laura Hubbs-Tait Christine Johnson Jan H. Johnston Jennifer Jones Robert Larzelere Michael Merten Amanda Sheffield Morris Sissy Osteen Dianna Ross Karina Shreffler Amy Tate Glade Topham Paula Tripp Isaac Washburn Ginger Welch Stephan M. Wilson (19)
Alan Acock Carolyn Aldwin John Geldhof Karen Hooker Susan Keys Shannon Lipscomb Katherine MacTavish Megan McClelland Carolyn Mendez-Luck Patricia Moran Leslie Richards Richard Settersten Jr. Robert Stawski Samuel Vuchinich (20)
David M. Almeida Mayra Bamaca-Colbert Timothy Brick Sy-Miin Chow H. Harrington (Bo) Cleveland Linda M. Collins Shannon Corkery Sherry Corneal Molly Countermine Jennifer L. Crissman Ishler Ann C. Crouter Anthony R. D'Augelli David J. Eggebeen Gregory M. Fosco Steffany J. Fredman Lisa Gatzke-Kopp Charles F. Geier Scott D. Gest Mark T. Greenberg Rukmalie Jayakody Sarah Kollat Eva S. Lefkowitz Eric Loken Jennifer L. Maggs Lynn M. Martire Susan M. McHale Peter Molenaar Jennie Noll Zita Oravecz Nilam Ram Lesley Ross Michael J. Rovine Chad E. Shenk Martin J. Sliwinski Edward A. Smith Cynthia A. Stifter Dawn Taylor Douglas M. Teti Steven H. Zarit (21)
Sharon Christ Jennifer Dobbs-Oates Aryn M. Dotterer Cézanne Elias James G. Elicker Melissa M. Franks Doran French Elliot Friedman Blake Jones Shelley M. MacDermid Wadsworth Germán Posada Douglas R. Powell Megan Purcell David Purpura Sara Schmitt A. J. Schwichtenberg Cleveland Shields Zoe Taylor Natasha Watkins Shawn Whiteman (22)
Robert P. Moreno Colleen Baish Cameron Bruce Carter Gail Ensher Joseph Fanelli Mine Göl-Güven Alice Sterling Honig Eunjoo Jung Renie Kehres Ambika Krishnakumar Teresa MacDonald Matthew K. Mulvaney Kamala Ramados Rachel Razza Jaipaul Roopnarine Corinne Roth Smith Margaret L. Usdansky (23)
Jean Pearson Scott Alan Reifman Nancy Bell Yvonne Caldera Yoojin Chae Malinda Colwell Zhen Cong Jacki Fitzpatrick Sybil L. Hart Michael E. McCarty Miriam Mulsow Sylvia Niehuis Michael O’Boyle Elizabeth Sharp Elizabeth Trejos-Castillo Dana Weiser (24)
Karen Petty Melissa McInnis Brown Elizabeth McCarroll Lin Moore Sharla Snider Erron Huey Holly Carrell Moore Katherine Rose Brigitte Vittrup Pedro J. Blanco Joel Muro Ryan Holliman Lamar Muro Joyce Armstrong Catherine Dutton Shann Hwa (Abraham) Hwang Rhonda Buckley Nerissa Gillum Sandra McClintic Linda Brock Linda Ladd Sarah Woods (25)
Cynthia Ballenger Marina Bers Kathleen Camara Julie Dobrow M. Ann Easterbrooks David Henry Feldman Sasha Fleary Calvin Gidney III Jessica Goldberg Francine Jacobs Bruce Johnson Tama Leventhal Richard M. Lerner Christine M. McWayne Jayanthi Mistry Kerri Modry-Mandell Ellen E. Pinderhughes Martha Pott W. George Scarlett Maryanne Wolf Jonathan Zaff (26)
Laura Bloom Sherwood Burns-Nader Deborah Casper Martha J. Cook Mary E. Curtner-Smith Maria Hernandez-Reif B. Cecile Komara Mrs. Victoria D. Peeples Jason Scofield Carroll M. Tingle Casey Totenhagen Tricia Witte (27)
Jane Batcheller Anne Bissonnette Vladislava Blinova Rhonda Breitkreuz Kathryn Chandler Pushpanjali Dashora Janet Fast Matthew Johnson Norah Keating Rachel McQueen Lori Moran Arlene Oak Berna Skrypnek Megan Strickfaden Deanna Williamson (28)
Melissa A. Barnett Tommy K. Begay Emily A. Butler Noel A. Card Melissa Curran Bruce J. Ellis Allison Ewing Dianne D. Horgan James Edward Hunt Maureen E. Kelly Ann Mastergeorge Charles Raison Andrea Romero Stephen T. Russell Angela R. Taylor (29)
Jay Belsky Zhe Chen Daniel Ewon Choe Daniel Choe Katherine Jewsbury Conger Rand Conger Amanda Guyer Leah Hibel Siwei Liu Lisa Soederberg Miller Adrienne Nishina Beth Ober Lenna Ontai Martin Smith Janet Thompson Kali Trzesniewski (30)
Kari Adamsons Shayne Anderson Marysol Asencio Keith Bellizzi Anne Bladen Thomas Blank Alaina Brenick Preston Britner Edna Brown Annamaria Csizmadia Laura Donorfio Lisa Eaton Michael Ego Anne Farrell Meg Galante-DeAngelis Jane A. Goldman Linda Halgunseth Sara Harkness Kim Larrabee Laura Mauldin Sandra Rigazio-DiGilio JoAnn Robinson Beth Russell Ronald M. Sabatelli Nancy W. Sheehan Charles M. Super Mary Tabb Rachel Tambling Shannon E. Weaver Steven K. Wisensale (31)
Martha Buell Steven M. Eidelman Michael Ferrari Ruth E. Fleury-Steiner Norma Gaines-Hanks Jennifer Gallo-Fox Mellissa Gordon Rena Hallam Myae Han Jason Hustedt Lynn Okagaki Rob Palkovitz Cynthia Paris Staci Perlman Barbara H. Settles Bahira Sherif Trask Donald G. Unger Jennifer Vu Julie Mapes Wilgen Lynn Worden (32)
Tracy Irani Rosemary Barnett Linda Bobroff Randall Cantrell Gerald Culen David Diehl Keith Diem Kate Fletcher Kate Fogarty Larry Forthun Martie Gillen Jessica Gouldthorpe Michael Gutter Victor Harris Agata Kowalewska Muthusami Kumaran Angela B. Dale Pracht Heidi Radunovich Karla Shelnutt Amy Simonne Suzanna Smith Michael Spranger Mickie Swisher Bryan Terry Jennifer Walsh (33) (data dropped for lack of PhD degree)
Diane W. Bales J. Maria Bermudez Gene Brody Geoffrey L. Brown Chalandra Matrice Bryant Valerie W. Cown Ted G. Futris Jerry Gale Jennifer George Jennifer Gonyea Hui-Chin Hsu Amy M Kay Steven M Kogan Melissa Scott Kozak Melissa Ann Landers-Potts Denise Clark Lewis Jay A. Mancini Assaf Oshri Desiree M. Seponski Emilie Phillips Smith Danny Stevens Kandauda Wickrama (34)
Andrea Breen Susan Chuang Donna Lero Leon Kuczynski Tuuli Kukkonen Susan Lollis Scott Maitland Robin Milhausen Michele Preyde Tricia van Rhijn Carla Rice (35)
Kelly Bost Aaron Ebata Gail M. Ferguson Barbara Fiese Jennifer Hardesty Robert Hughes Jr. Robin Jarrett Susan Silverberg Koerner Karen Kramer Laurie Kramer Soo Ah Kwon Reed Larson Christy Lleras Brent McBride Nancy McElwain Brian Ogolsky Ramona F. Oswald Marcela Raffaelli David Rosch Constance Hoenk Shapiro Erica Thieman Gerry Walter Angela Wiley (36)
Ronald Werner-Wilson Jason Hans Donna Smith Robert H. Flashman Diana Haleman Claudia J. Heath Amy Hosier Jennifer Hunter Hyungsoo Kim Trent Parker Ann Vail Alexander T. Vazsonyi Tracy Werner-Wilson Nathan Wood (37)
Douglas A. Brownridge Karen A. Duncan Joan E. Durrant Rachel Eni Javier Mignone Rosemary S.L. Mills Caroline Piotrowski Wilder Robles Kerstin Stieber Roger Shahin Shooshtari (38)
Elaine Anderson Norman B. Epstein Francis Goldscheider Stephanie Grutzmacher Sandra L. Hofferth Marian Moser Jones Samuel Kessel Jinhee Kim Sally A. Koblinsky Leigh A. Leslie Amy Lewin Mona Mittal Manouchehr Mokhtari Sandra C. Quinn Kevin M. Roy Edmond Shenassa Mia Smith-Bynum Julia Steinberg Carol A. Werlinich (39)
Gerald August Sara Axtell Lynne Borden Sharon Danes William Doherty Jodi Dworkin Abigail Gewirtz William Goodman Steven Harris Beth Magistad Jan McCulloch Jenifer McGuire Tai Mendenhall Cynthia Meyer Martha Rueter Joyce Serido Cathy Solheim Marlene Stum Susan Walker Lindsey Weiler Liz Wieling Zha Blong Xiong Virginia Zuiker (40)
Stephen Jorgensen Larry Ganong Jean Ispa Jacquelyn Benson Tashel Bordere Gustavo Carlo Marilyn Coleman Chelsea Garneau Nora Hager Sarah Killoren Antoinette Landor Ashlie Lester Louis Manfra Francisco Palermo Christine Proulx Russell Ravert Duane Rudy David Schramm Kathy Thornburg Kelly Warzinik Katharine Zeiders (41)
Richard Bischoff Rochelle Dalla Maria Rosaria de Guzman Dipti Dev Tonia Durden Carolyn Edwards Susan Goodrich Erin Hamel Cody Hollist Soo-Young Hong Jennifer Leeper Samuel Meisels Yolanda Mitchell Victoria Molfese Sheree Moser Helen Raikes Allison Reisbig Michelle Rupiper Susan Sarver Paul Springer Rebecca Swartz Julia Torquati Eric Unrau Natalie Williams Ruth Xia (42)
Ziarat Hossian Virginia Shipman Ryan Kelly (43)
Arthur Anastopoulos Kathryn Aldridge Cheryl Buehler Joi Bulls Susan Calkins Deborah Cassidy Stephanie Coard Danielle Crosby David Demo Mark Fine Anne Fletcher Heather Helms Linda Hestenes Andrea Hunter Karen Laparo Esther Leerkes Roger Mills-Koonce Sharon. Mims Mary Morgan Dan Perlman Catherine Scott-Little Sudha Shreeniwas G. Smith Andrew Supple Jonathan Tudge (44)
Arminta L. Jacobson Rebecca J. Glover Wendy Middlemiss Angela Nievar Kelly Roberts (45)
Xinyin Chen Suzanne Fegley Douglas A. Frye Elizabeth Mackenzie Michael Nakkula Howard Stevenson Daniel Wagner (46)
David Donnelly Kathryn Douthit Joyce Duckles Lucia French Doug Guiffrida Frederick Jefferson Howard Kirschenbaum Daniel Linnenberg Martin Lynch Karen Mackie Andre Marquis Bonnie Rubenstein Richard Ryan Dena Swanson (47)
Mary Jane Moran Brian Barber Priscilla Blanton Kathy Fitzgerald Hillary Fouts Elizabeth Johnson James Malia Cara Moore Carin Neitzel Vey Nordquist Spencer Olmstead Delores Smith Heidi Stolz Sandra Twardosz (48)
Meena Adhikary Natalie Ammon Edward Anderson Aprile Benner Amy Bryan Mary Burson-Polston Theodore Dix Paul Eastwick Karen Fingerman Elizabeth Gershoff Marci Gleason Christine Gray Sue Greninger Nancy Hazen-Swann Amy Imes Deborah Jacobvitz Mary Jamsek Patricia Jolley Su Kim Karrol Kitt Judith Langlois Timothy Loving Jerry Manheimer Rachel Moyer-Trimyer Lisa Neff Farya Phillips Mark Pope Phyllis Richards Catherine Robinson Karen Silcox Hallie Speranza (49)
Clifton Barber Karen Bogenschneider Kristy Burkholder Janean Dilworth-Bart Laura Froyen Sarah Halpern-Meekin Sigan Hartley Heather Kirkorian Lauren Papp Julie Poehlmann-Tynan Linda Roberts Shannon Sparks Lynet Uttal (50)
Scot Allgood Ann Berghout Austin Troy Beckert Lisa Boyce Kay Bradford Lucy Delgadillo Jeffrey Dew Travis Dorsch Elizabeth Fauth Brian Higginbotham Randall Jones David Law Yoon Lee Shelley Lindauer Jean Lown Brent Miller Maria Norton Megan Oka Kathleen Piercy Dave Robinson Lori Roggman Ryan Seedall Linda Skogrand Susan Talley (51)
Rosemary Blieszner Shannon Jarrott Christine Kaestle Karen Roberto Tina Savla Mark Benson Vickie Fu Cindy Smith Kee Kim Katherine Allen Joyce Arditti April Few-Demo Peggy Meszaros Anisa Zvonkovic Megan Dolbin-MacNab Erica Grafsky Scott Johnson Fred Piercy (52)
Suzanne Hartman Carol Markstrom Kristin Moilanen Amy Root Nancy Taylor Jessica Troilo Barbara Warash Nancy Wolfe-Dilgard Melissa Workman (53)
The sampling frame for this survey included one faculty member from each of the 53 HDFS doctoral programs identified. For virtually every department, the graduate studies chair was invited. There were a few exceptions: I am the graduate studies chair at Ohio State, so a tenure-track alternative was invited, and at another university, a lecturer was in the position of graduate studies chair, so a tenure-track alternative in that department was invited. Further, some graduate studies chairs asked their department chair to complete the survey, some asked another colleague, and some refused, which resulted in the invitation of the department chair to complete the survey.
The final sample for the study included 33 faculty. No program had more than one faculty member respond. The final response rate was 63%. The sample included 5 department chairs, 24 graduate studies chairs, 5 faculty members (note respondents could choose more than one institutional role). Fifty-three percent were full professors, 38% were associate professors, and 9% were assistant professors. Seventy percent were female; two did not report their gender identity. Eighty-seven percent were White, 7% were African American, and one respondent was Hispanic and another was other race. Two did not report their race.
- What is your current department, or the graduate program that you are currently affiliated with? 53 departments/graduate programs listed, including university names, along with an “other” option
- At what university did you receive your Ph.D.? 53 universities housing HDFS-type departments/graduate programs listed, along with an “other” option
After these two questions are answered, one of two blocks of questions is randomly assigned to each survey.
Block 1 – Ranking of Programs
- Please evaluate the following programs on a scale of 1 Marginal to 5 Outstanding, or Unable to Evaluate. You will not rate your current program or PhD institution. The 53 departments/graduate programs, including university names, are randomly listed to be ranked. Respondents do not see the program they selected in 1, nor the program at the university they selected in 2.
- What are the top programs in the area of Family Science? (Choose up to 5, hold the ‘ctrl’ (Windows) or Command (Mac) key while clicking to make multiple selections). You will not be able to choose your current program or PhD institution. The 53 departments/graduate programs, including university names, are alphabetically listed.
- What are the top programs in the area of Child Development? (Choose up to 5, hold the ‘ctrl’ (Windows) or Command (Mac) key while clicking to make multiple selections). You will not be able to choose your current program or PhD institution. The 53 departments/graduate programs, including university names, are alphabetically listed.
- What are the top programs in the area of Adolescent Development and Emerging Adulthood? (Choose up to 5, hold the ‘ctrl’ (Windows) or Command (Mac) key while clicking to make multiple selections). You will not be able to choose your current program or PhD institution. The 53 departments/graduate programs, including university names, are alphabetically listed.
- What are the top programs in the area of Adult Development and Aging? (Choose up to 5, hold the ‘ctrl’ (Windows) or Command (Mac) key while clicking to make multiple selections). You will not be able to choose your current program or PhD institution. The 53 departments/graduate programs, including university names, are alphabetically listed.
Block 2 – Ranking of Faculty
- Please evaluate each group of faculty on a scale of 1 Marginal to 5 Outstanding, or Unable to Evaluate. You will not rate your current program or PhD institution. The faculty in each of the 53 departments/graduate programs are randomly listed as groups to be ranked. Respondents do not see the faculty in the program they selected in 1, nor the faculty in the program at the university they selected in 2.
- What are the top groups of faculty in the area of Family Science? (Choose up to 5). You will not be able to choose your current program or PhD institution. The faculty in each of the 53 departments/graduate programs are randomly listed as groups to be chosen, the same random order is retained from question 1 in this block for ease of response. Respondents do not see the faculty in the program they selected in 1, nor the faculty in the program at the university they selected in 2.
- What are the top groups of faculty in the area of Child Development? (Choose up to 5). You will not be able to choose your current program or PhD institution. The faculty in each of the 53 departments/graduate programs are randomly listed as groups to be chosen, the same random order is retained from question 1 in this block for ease of response. Respondents do not see the faculty in the program they selected in 1, nor the faculty in the program at the university they selected in 2.
- What are the top groups of faculty in the area of Adolescent Development and Emerging Adulthood? (Choose up to 5). You will not be able to choose your current program or PhD institution. The faculty in each of the 53 departments/graduate programs are randomly listed as groups to be chosen, the same random order is retained from question 1 in this block for ease of response. Respondents do not see the faculty in the program they selected in 1, nor the faculty in the program at the university they selected in 2.
- What are the top groups of faculty in the area of Adult Development and Aging? (Choose up to 5). You will not be able to choose your current program or PhD institution. The faculty in each of the 53 departments/graduate programs are randomly listed as groups to be chosen, the same random order is retained from question 1 in this block for ease of response. Respondents do not see the faculty in the program they selected in 1, nor the faculty in the program at the university they selected in 2.
Finally, all respondents are asked the following questions.
- What is your current institutional role? Multiple may be chosen.
- Dean/Associate Dean (1)
- Department Chair (2)
- Center Director (3)
- Chair of Graduate Studies Committee, Graduate Program Coordinator (4)
- Faculty member/Lecturer/Instructor (5)
- Graduate Student/Undergraduate Student (6)
- Other (7) ____________________
- What is your rank?
- Professor (1)
- Associate Professor (2)
- Assistant Professor (3)
- Non-tenure track Clinical Faculty (4)
- Non-tenure track Lecturer/Instructor (5)
- Graduate Student (6)
- Undergraduate Student (7)
- Other (8) ____________________
- What is your gender identity? (optional)
- Female (1)
- Female to male transgender (2)
- Male (3)
- Male to female transgender (4)
- Not sure (5)
- Other (please specify): (6) ____________________
- What is your race? (optional)
- White/Caucasian (1)
- African American (2)
- Hispanic (3)
- Asian (4)
- Native American (5)
- Pacific Islander (6)
- Other (7)
- Comments (optional)
- Please provide your name, institution, and email address to facilitate the 2015 survey (optional).
First name (1) ____________________
Last name (2) ____________________
Email address (3) ____________________
Institution (4) ____________________
Sliders. All rankings were conducted using “sliders”, which allow responders to drag a bar along a continuum from 1 Marginal to 5 Outstanding. One decimal place was allowed. The “show value” option was used, so that the value chosen appears at the end of the bar. Sliders have less error associated with them as it is not possible to click the wrong “button” accidentally. Further, sliders allow for a more continuous scale.
As a demographer, I conducted the ranking a couple of ways, and ran sensitivity analyses to establish how robust the results were. First, I conducted the average program ranking and faculty ranking, as two separate variables, for each university. I then created a trimmed mean for the program ranking and the faculty ranking, much in the style of US News and World Report rankings, whereby I dropped the highest and lowest score for each program (if there were ties, for example, if a program had multiple high scores of the same value, only one high score was dropped). Next, I examined the correlations between each of the two methods. The correlation between the raw program ranking and faculty ranking was (0.8672). The correlation between the trimmed program ranking and faculty ranking was (0.8622). I reported the raw mean rankings because that method had the higher correlation between the program and faculty rankings. Means were reported to six decimal places. I first ordered the schools by the raw means. Then, I rounded the means to one decimal place as does both the Philosophical Gourmet Report and US News and World Report. I had ties after ordering based on rounding, so I then changed schools with the same score to the same rank, but the remainder of the schools retained their rank, in the style of both the Philosophical Gourmet Report and US News and World Report. Schools/programs that were ranked below a peer assessment of 2.0 were not be ranked, but rather, were marked as “Rank Not Published” and listed alphabetically in the style of US News and World Report rankings.
For the specialty programs, I summed the number of nominations from the program and faculty rankings for an overall total number of nominations. The programs with the most nominations were listed in the top 5; ties were allowed.
I thought the following comments might be of interest to my readers.
“I think my contributions are completely subjective and uninformed. I don’t think about Departments as a whole, as a general rule.”
“In all honesty I am not sure what the best programs are with respect to Child development, Adult development etc. I think of it more in terms of people than programs.”
“I am struck as to how difficult it is to answer the ranking questions re substantive area, which may indicate few of our institutions really get the story out re their perceived outstanding areas.”
One respondent also sent me a link to this comic, which I enjoyed:
The report was disseminated on my blog, Adventures in Human Development and Family Science. A link to the report was also sent to 53 individuals who were originally invited to participate.
US News and World Report ranks social science programs about every four years. Brian Leiter of the Philosophical Gourmet Report does the ranking about every two to three years. I plan to conduct the ranking again in 2017.