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The Association of American Medical Colleges’ Faculty Roster, the American Chemical Society Directory of Graduate Research, and the American Institute of Physics Academic Workforce Survey

The AAMC Faculty Roster was started in 1966 through joint sponsorship of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and AAMC as an effort to assess and track the intellectual capital of medical education. The Faculty Roster contains, on a voluntary basis, employment, educational, and demographic information on faculty members at accredited US medical schools. Currently the roster contains records on about 113,000 active, full-time faculty and 122,000 inactive faculty.a

The Faculty Roster is used for a variety of purposes. Although it was initially conceived to deal with the development of personnel to staff new medical schools, in more recent years it has been used to track the progress of medical schools in increasing the representation of women and minorities in faculty positions. The roster can be used to examine sources of faculty, provide background on faculty training, track inter-institutional movement by faculty, and study reasons behind faculty departure from medical academe.b NIH uses the Faculty Roster to inform policy decisions, using its data to study such topics as the growth rate of faculty or the typical age of faculty at the time at which they receive their first professorships. In addition to providing the database to its members for communication and research purposes, AAMC uses it to produce a series of annual reports on US medical school faculty, which present data on the national distribution of full-time faculty, including such information as specialty, department, rank, degree, sex, and race or ethnicity.c

The American Institute of Physics conducts a biennial survey on the number of faculty, turnover, retirements, and recruitments at physics degree-granting departments. It also collects information on sex, race, and ethnicity.d The American Chemical Society also maintains a faculty database, the Directory of Graduate Research (DGR). The DGR focuses on faculty involved in chemistry research and provides information on faculty research field, academic rank, sex, and contact information. It does not collect information on race or ethnicity. The DGR provides a statistical summary of 665 chemical science departments and listings for nearly 11,000 faculty members.e


aAssociation of American Medical Colleges. Faculty Roster, Inactive faculty are those who are no longer faculty at an institution for reasons of leaving for private practice, retirement, or death.


bAssociation of American Medical Colleges. FAMOUS User’s Guide, FAMOUS is the on-line administration system used to enter and edit data in the Faculty Roster.


cAssociation of American Medical Colleges. Reports Available Through Faculty Roster,


dR Ivie, S Guo, and A Carr (2006). 2004 Physics & Astronomy Academic Workforce Report. College Park, MD: AIP,


eThe American Chemical Society Directory of Graduate Research is searchable on-lineat

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