For the second year in a row, a national ranking index has placed the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) first overall in faculty productivity in the agricultural sciences.
The 2007 Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index, published in the Chronicle of Higher Education in October, ranked 24 areas of study at the UA within the top 10 nationwide, ranging from agricultural, biological and medical sciences to business, education, engineering, social and behavioral sciences, and others.
The rankings, which assess doctoral programs at large universities, measure the productivity of individual faculty members based on publications completed — including books and journal articles published and cited, federal grant dollars awarded, and honors and awards received. In 2007, the index rated nearly 165,000 doctoral-level faculty members from 375 institutions.
At the UA, faculty productivity in CALS doctoral programs was ranked as follows:
Agricultural Sciences — No. 1
Plant Pathology — No. 1
Plant Sciences — No. 3
Entomology — No. 5
Soil Science — No. 5
Nutrition Sciences — No. 6
Natural Resources and Conservation — No. 8
The rankings were calculated based on University of Arizona performance in fields of study, and do not refer to the names of specific academic departments. The Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index is created by Academic Analytics, a company partially owned by the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
“I am very pleased to see that CALS has ranked very high in the faculty productivity index for the second year in a row,” says Colin Kaltenbach, dean and director of the Arizona Agricultural Experiment Station. “This attests to the high quality and strong work ethic of our faculty.”
“Students who enroll in programs taught by highly ranked doctoral faculty ultimately benefit,” notes Dave Cox, associate dean and director of academic programs in CALS. “Although the rankings measure ongoing faculty research and other criteria, the real point is that all of this expertise fosters cutting-edge learning in the classroom.”