Graduate Student - Sociology and Statistics - University of Pennsylvania
While the number of women and men working in academia is similar, women disproprtionately hold full-time positions that are ineligible for tenure. Specifically, women are 12% more likely than men to be working full-time in a fixed term position (56% versus 44%). Tenure-ineligible faculty are also more likely to be parenting children or to be taking care of other dependents. 67% report a child or other dependent at home. 17 out of 20 full-time contingent faculty are White--a substantially larger racial imbalance than exists among tenured and tenure-track faculty.
An interesting feature of non-tenure track faculty relates to their level of education. Many of these faculty hold advanced credentials--about half of them hold a Ph.D.. Perhaps surprisingly, this doctorate rate is actually higher than among faculty in general. This is because of the vast number of faculty working part-time without a Ph.D. Many full-time non-tenure track faculty resemble their peers on the tenure track, the majority of whom hold a Ph.D.