AERA By The Numbers

General Facts About AERA

  • AERA was founded in 1916.
  • AERA has approximately 25,000 members.
  • Currently, two-thirds (66%)of AERA’s members are women, up from 30% in 1975-76 when AERA first started tracking membership by demographics.
  • Nearly two-thirds (65%)of AERA’s members have a Ph.D. or an Ed.D. degree.
  • Among AERA’s members who are employed, three-quarters (74%) work for a college or university.
  • Students comprise 31% of AERA’s members.
  • Divisions A, B, C, D, and E were established in 1964. Division F(History & Historiography) was established in 1968. Division G (Social Context of Education) and Division H (Research, Evaluation, & Assessment in Schools) were established in 1970. Division I (Education in the Professions) was established in 1978. Division J (Postsecondary Education) was established in 1980. Division K (Teaching & Teacher Education) was established in 1984. And, Division L (Educational Policy & Politics) was established in 1996.


American Educational Research Association. (2016). American Educational Research Association (AERA) trends in membership by race/ethnicity, 1975-1976 to 2015. doi: 10.3102/0113189X16630002. Retrieved from

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