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What is the POD?  The POD is an active "paired open database" run by Lindsey Mirielli, Jessica Rodrigues, and Emily Singell that collects special education faculty job advertisements for each academic job market year.

What is "open data?" As defined by opendatahandbook.org, "open data is data that can be freely used, re-used and redistributed by anyone - subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and sharealike." Open data allow for shared resources that can be leveraged by a wide group of researchers for the investigation of research questions for contributing new knowledge.

What does it mean to be "paired?" When open data is "paired," it serves two intertwined purposes. The Special Education Faculty Jobs POD not only serves the typical purpose of open data by providing a shared database that research teams and/or scholars can use for addressing research curiosities, but it also serves an outreach purpose: the POD supports individuals and institutions impacted by the special education faculty job market, including candidates who are searching for potential special education faculty job opportunities as well as institutions recruiting candidates for special education faculty positions. Total views accrued by the POD suggest its effectiveness in serving an outreach purpose; the 2023-2024 POD has garnered more than 2,500 views from across the nation.

 
Is there a publication about this project? Our analysis and paper about last year's 2022-2023 job market cycle is complete, and our manuscript is under review! We are excited to share it with you all. Read about our OSF preregistered study here.

*UPDATES*
Data collection for the 2023-2024 job market wrapped up on March 1, 2024! We're done!
View the final 2023-2024 POD
 here.

Take a look at our brand-new map below - a breakdown of job advertisements by state for the most recent 2023-2024 job market:
 

Open science practices are central to the POD research project, including preregistrations, open data, and open materials.

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