By looking at statistics of how many more women today teach at universities you might come to the conclusion that that more women are also getting on the coveted tenure track. Not so. According to a report by the American Association of University Professors, 73 percent of female faculty members are non-tenure-track instructors and hold, what are often called, contingent teaching positions.
So why is this? The same study found that two thirds of the women who work at a non-tenure-track positions work part-time. As the article attests, sex discriminations can certainly blamed for some of this, but it is also reasonable to assume that women choose these types of positions because they are more family friendly. Another research study mentioned in the article found that on the flip-side, women who are in tenure-track positions are more likely to avoid marriage, limit the number of children they have, or delay having a second child until they’ve become tenured faculty.
Is that what it takes to succeed in academia – and perhaps in workplace in general? We’d love to hear your thoughts!