So we had nearly 270 philosophers complete the overall faculty quality surveys, a record (and well over 300 participated in the surveys when you factor in the specialty rankings, but we still don't have a precise tally on the total participation). We're now in the process of transcribing all the results, and I'll post about some bits and pieces over the next few weeks. But let me start with some interesting "overall" quality results.
Here are the departments that had the biggest upward "jumps" in the overall rankings in the U.S.:
University of Southern California has jumped from #17 in the 2008-09 survey to #11, in a three-way tie with Columbia and UCLA. This is partly attributable to the recent lateral additions of two distinguished philosophers from Oxford (Uzquiano and Wedgwood) as well as Robin Jeshion from UC Riverside, but surely also to the increasing prominence of their excellent young ethics/metaethics group (Stephen Finlay, Jacob Ross, Mark Schroeder). And USC has also had two distinguished senior faculty elected to the American Academy since the last survey: James Higginbotham and Scott Soames.
Northwestern University has jumped from #41 in the 2008-09 survey to #31 this year, in a multi-way tie with several other departments. They had a major senior appointment with Michael Glanzberg from UC Davis, but also have several younger faculty whose stars have been rising, including Fabrizio Cariani (philosophy of language) (appointed since the last survey), Jennifer Lackey (epistemology), and Rachel Zuckert (Kant, 19th-century Continental).
Many other U.S. departments had smaller, but still noticeable, improvements in their overall rank.
In the UK, the really big mover was the University of Leeds, which went from #12 to #6, in a tie with Birkbeck. This seems to be a case of a traditionally strong department making high-quality appointments of younger philosophers whose reputations are steadily rising.
In Canada, the most notable change was that there is now a three-way tie for #2 among McGill, British Columbia, and Western Ontario (Toronto remains #1 by a wide margin).
In Australasia, Melbourne made a big recovery, now solidly in the top five once again, tied with Monash.
More previews of the results over the next few weeks. Many thanks to the hundreds of philosophers whose conscientious efforts have made the latest PGR possible.