UMSL’s research faculty ranks in top 10 in US

Elizabeth Kellogg

Elizabeth Kellogg, the E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor of Botanical Studies, teaches in UMSL's evolutionary biology program. The program helped land UMSL in the top 10 in the nation for scholarly production among universities with less than 15 doctoral programs.

All the papers, citations, grants and awards produced by research faculty at the University of Missouri–St. Louis last year landed the school in the top 10 in the nation for scholarly production among universities with less than 15 doctoral programs. Academic Analytics, which measures faculty research in 27 separate areas, released the data in June.

The report was based on the analysis of more than 180,000 faculty members in 383 universities and 9,262 doctoral programs. The results are based on work done in the 2009-10 academic year. The data measure a university’s overall performance and also that of individual doctoral programs compared to others in their respective fields.

“First, this data validates the outstanding work of our faculty,” UMSL Provost Glen Cope said. “We are honored to be grouped in the top 10 nationally with universities such Brandeis, Georgetown and the University of Colorado–Denver.”

UMSL was the only Midwest university ranked in the top 10, tied at seventh with Fordham University in New York. UMSL ranked ninth in the nation last year.

Nine of UMSL’s individual doctoral programs ranked in the nation’s top tier of universities with 15 doctoral programs. Counselor education, information systems and criminology and criminal justice all ranked in the top 10 of doctoral programs in their respective fields. Programs in evolutionary biology, clinical psychology, logistics-supply chain management, educational psychology, applied mathematics and industrial-organizational psychology ranked in the top 50 nationally.

Founded in 2005, Academic Analytics produces a faculty scholarly productivity database and index for doctoral programs at universities across the nation. The data provide critical information on program and faculty performance that serve a wide array of uses for university administrators such as establishing standards, allocating resources and monitoring performance.


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