AERA By The Numbers

General Facts About AERA

  • AERA was founded in 1916 and currently has approximately 25,000 members.
  • AERA has 12 Divisions. Those divisions, and the year in which each was established, are as follows: Division A—Administration, Organization, & Leadership (1964), Division B—Curriculum Studies (1964), Division C—Learning and Instruction (1964), Division D—Measurement & Research Methodology (1964), Division E—Counseling & Human Development (1964), Division F—History & Historiography (1968), Division G—Social Context of Education (1970), Division H—Research, Evaluation, & Assessment in Schools (1970), Division I—Education in the Professions (1978), Division J—Postsecondary Education (1980), Division K—Teaching & Teacher Education (1984), and Division L—Educational Policy & Politics (1996).
  • Currently, two-thirds (65%) 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.

The following tables show trends in the demographics of AERA’s members. The tables only include those AERA members whose gender or race/ethnicity was known. See table notes for information about how gender and race/ethnicity data collection changed over time. Click the PDF links beside the tables to download them in PDF form.

Table 1. AERA Trends in Membership by Gender, 1975-76 to 2017 (PDF)

Table 2. AERA Trends in Membership by Race/Ethnicity, 1975-76 to 2017 (PDF)


Table 3. AERA Membership by Gender and Division, 2012 and 2017 (PDF)


Table 4. AERA Membership by Race/Ethnicity and Division, 2012 and 2017 (PDF)

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