Chad Evans

Graduate Student  -  Sociology and Statistics  -  University of Pennsylvania

email echad@sas.upenn.edu  -  office 280 McNeil Building -  phone 215.584.6986

What kinds of people work full-time off the tenure-track?

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.