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Loyola University Chicago’s Department of History Ranks 6th in U.S.
Recently-Released Study Reviews Faculty Scholarly Productivity
CHICAGO, February 14, 2007 – According to a recent study, Loyola University Chicago’s Department of History faculty ranks number six among history departments in the U.S. based on faculty scholarly productivity. The rankings, published in the Jan. 12 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education, are based on the Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index (partly financed by the State University of New York at Stony Brook and produced by Academic Analytics, a for-profit company) which rates faculty members’ scholarly output at nearly 7,300 doctoral programs around the country.
Loyola achieved a score of 1.75 in the index, which examines the number of book and journal articles published by each program’s faculty, as well as journal citations, awards, honors, and grants received. Despite having only 24 faculty members in the department, the smallest history department in the top 10, Loyola held its own against other well-known institutions such as Princeton University, Harvard University, Yale University, and others, and even led the group in the category, “books per faculty.”
“This is well-deserved recognition of extraordinary achievement, not only for our faculty members in history, but also for Loyola University Chicago as a whole,” said Barbara Rosenwein, chair of Loyola’s history department. “We always knew that we had an exceptional department here, and it is gratifying for all of us to see our view ratified by an objective external assessment.”
For more information about Loyola University Chicago’s ranking, or the Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index, visit the Chronicle of Higher Education‘s story online at http://chronicle.com/weekly/v53/i19/19a00801.htm.
About Loyola University Chicago’s Department of History
Loyola’s Department of History offers an undergraduate major, master’s programs in history and public history, a master’s program in history and library information science (jointly with Dominican University), and a doctoral program in history and public history. Graduates are prepared for careers in teaching and public history, but they also have transferable skills which lead them to careers in law, business, government, and research institutions. The strength of the history department lies in the achievements and quality of its full-time faculty, which have a national reputation for scholarship, as reflected in their extensive records of publication with major scholarly presses and journals. Three current faculty members have received awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, three have been Fulbright Senior Scholars, and eight have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is among the largest of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 15,000 students, which includes nearly 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 69 undergraduate majors, 77 master’s degrees, 36 doctoral degrees, and three professional degree programs. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities” in its annual publications. For more information, please visit our Web site at www.LUC.edu.