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Zoology eighth, composition and rhetoric 10th among top research universities in scholarly productivity index


Miami University's zoology department is ranked eighth in the country, and its composition and rhetoric doctoral program is ranked 10th in the third annual Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index. The index rates faculty members' scholarly output at 7,400 doctoral programs from 375 institutions around the country.

The index is the first completely objective measure of scholarly productivity, according to Academic Analytics, a for-profit company that produces the benchmarking measure. It examines faculty members who are listed on a Ph.D. program's Web site and measures the productivity of each named faculty member. (The 2006-2007 index rated 217,254 names.) Faculty members can be judged on as many as five factors, depending on the most important variables in the given discipline: books published, journal publications, citations of journal articles, federal-grant dollars awarded, and honors and awards. For each discipline, a weight is assigned to each variable.

The measurement this year considers several new factors, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education, causing some "surprising fluctuations in the rankings."

Miami's zoology department ranked eighth, after the University of Florida, Cornell University, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Oregon State, Colorado State, Michigan State and Washington State universities.

"Being ranked in the top 10 for scholarly productivity for a second year is testimony to the high impact and prolific scholarly activities of the zoology faculty," said Doug Meikle (chair, zoology). "I only wish the rankings could also measure the degree to which zoology faculty at Miami blend teaching and research. They mentor the research activities of hundreds of our majors each year and provide outstanding research opportunities for academically ambitious students."

Miami's composition and rhetoric doctoral program ranked 10th, after the University of Arizona, University of Pittsburgh, University of Texas at El Paso, University of Washington, Texas Tech University, Michigan State University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Iowa State University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

The rankings were reported in the Nov. 16, 2007, issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education. To view the top rankings, go to


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