November 26, 2007
Emory given top marks in new rankings
By Carol Clark
Emory ranks No. 1 in the country in both gender studies/women's studies and ecology and evolutionary biology, according to a new study by Academic Analytics, which measures the nation's largest research universities in terms of faculty productivity.
"Emory was one of the first universities in the country to offer a Ph.D. in women's studies, so we've always considered ourselves a leader in the field. We're glad to see that corroborated by outside data," said Bobby Paul, dean of Emory College.
Paul attributed the top ranking in ecology and evolutionary biology to Emory's well-known program in population biology, ecology and evolution. "We have a unique combination of unusually good faculty in this area," Paul said.
Academic Analytics is a for-profit company owned in part by the State University of New York at Stony Brook. It compiles an annual Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index, which ranks faculty productivity at research universities based on books and journal articles published, citations in journals and grant dollars, honors and awards received.
The latest rankings position Emory at No. 6 for humanities and fine arts overall, and No. 3 in the category of religion.
In the overall category of "Top 50 Large Research Institutions" Emory ranks No. 23, according to Academic Analytics. For the specialty of biomedical science, Emory is positioned at No. 21.
"We are clearly establishing ourselves in the front rank of research institutions and liberal arts colleges," Paul said. "We're proud to see that achievement being recognized through various rankings and methodologies."
Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School Lisa Tedesco added: “Academic Analytics tracks several significant markers of faculty accomplishment. These and other measures contribute to the growing prominence of Emory’s reputation nationally and globally. Productive faculty attract excellent graduate students, and together they make doctoral education at Emory a vibrant enterprise.”