First, a very Happy New Year to everyone. We are looking forward to an exciting 2014 here at the TP eNewsletter with an upcoming redesign of the website, an expanded list of publications providing content for our postings and several other more interactive features to be discussed soon.
Last October when we inaugurated our new posting format we added a survey option to gather statistical information on subscriber interest, background, professional status, reading frequency, use of postings and so on. To date approximately 1,000 subscribers have responded - and in the process received a free electronic PDF version of \"Update: 2012 and Beyond,\" the addendum I wrote last year to my original 1997 book, Tomorrow's Professor: Preparing for Academic Careers in Science and Engineering. While this response does not represent a random sample of subscribers it does give us some idea of who is reading the postings and what use they are making of them. Below is a summary of what we have found.
If you have not yet responded to the survey, particularly if you are outside the United States, we would love to hear from you by clicking the survey button which will appear below until the end of January. Also, please feel free to continue to alert colleagues about subscribing to the eNewsletter. We crossed the 50,000 subscriber mark on October 28, 2013 and since then over 1,000 new subscribers have come on board.
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Responses to TP eNewsletter Survey
* Three quarter of the respondents are from the United States.
* The distribution of respondents within the U.S., is fairly even with a somewhat lower percentage in the South.
* Almost 70% of the respondents have a PhD or equivalent.
* The vast majority of respondents are in academic positions.
* About 60% of the respondents are at PhD granting institutions with almost another 30% at liberal arts or other four-year colleges.
* The distribution among disciplines for the respondents is fairly uniform.
* About 60% of the respondents found out about the eNewsletter from a faculty member.
* About 50% of the respondents say they read the postings once per week while another 30% say they read them twice per week.