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Last modified: Monday, January 29, 2007

New survey notes IU research efforts in international studies, the humanities, science and medicine

"Nous sommes les premiers (We're No. 1)," say IU French faculty

Jan. 29, 2007

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index -- a new survey which uses faculty research and scholarly activity from more than 350 universities as a measure -- has recognized and ranked 14 programs at Indiana University Bloomington and two at the IU School of Medicine.

IU offerings in the humanities, education, science, international studies and business all were included in top 10 categories among the more than 100 disciplines studied for the index. The index is produced by Academic Analytics and partly financed by the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Academic Analytics ranked 7,294 individual doctoral programs in 104 disciplines at 354 institutions.

IU Bloomington ranks 10th among public universities and 23rd among all American universities in the number of programs ranked in the Top 10 for faculty productivity.

This index is based on the number of book and journal articles published by each program's faculty, as well as journal citations, awards, honors and grants received in 2005.

"This confirms something that we have long known about our faculty, and that is they are highly productive in their research and scholarship. They are known leaders both in their fields and in the classroom," said Michael A. McRobbie, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. "These rankings rightly attest that Indiana University has always been a place where people come to become proficient in the languages and cultures of the world today."

Six language and area studies programs were recognized in the inaugural index. Most notable among them were faculty research activities in French, francophone literature and culture, and French linguistics. IU's French program was ranked No. 1.

"It is a wonderful testament to the French programs and to the dedication of my colleagues to scholarship and research. It is, ultimately, another national recognition of the strength of the humanities programs at Indiana University," said Andrea Ciccarelli, chair of the IU French and Italian Department, and director of the College Arts and Humanities Institute.

Faculty productivity also was recognized in IU's programs in Italian, which were ranked fourth; Portuguese, ranked sixth; Spanish, ranked seventh; East Asia, ranked seventh; and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, ranked 10th.

IU's Jacobs School of Music, which frequently is recognized for the numerous opportunities offered in developing performers, was ranked second, only behind Harvard University, for its scholarly contributions.

"The recent ranking of the IU Jacobs School of Music scholarly productivity is extremely gratifying as it pays testament to Indiana University's first-rate research environment, a music faculty second to none, one of the largest collegiate music library collections in the country, and an ever-blossoming world-class performance atmosphere," said Gwyn Richards, dean of the Jacobs School. "Our gratitude goes especially to the faculty and students in the Jacobs School, whose scholarship paves the way to new ideas and understandings in the vast world of music."

Also highlighted were faculty activities in clinical psychology and plant biology, each of which were ranked second, and also in ecology and evolutionary biology, which was ranked third. Faculty productivity in the IU Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences was ranked seventh and that in the cognitive science program was ranked 10th.

Faculty productivity in the Kelley School of Business' management program was ranked seventh and that of the Educational Leadership Program at the IU School of Education was ranked eighth.

Two programs in the School of Medicine -- anatomy and immunology -- were ranked ninth and 10th respectively for faculty productivity. The IU School of Medicine also was ranked 16th among "specialized research universities -- biomedical."

The only other school in Indiana included in the survey, Purdue University, ranked 19th among public universities and 36th among all American universities in the number of programs ranked in the Top 10.