Sociological Forum

, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp 3–27 | Cite as

Presidential Address: The Faculty Time Divide

  • Jerry A. Jacobs
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Abstract

The time demands of academic life are examined, drawing on data from a large national sample of faculty. I outline the divide between full-time faculty, who work long hours irrespective of rank or institution type, and part-time faculty, who work at low pay with little job security, status, recognition, or fringe benefits. The expectations of academic life in dual-career couples are hard to reconcile with the demands of parenting. This is a common problem because assistant professors are generally too old to wait until they have tenure to have children. The segmentation of academic life into an overworked core and a marginalized periphery tends to perpetuate gender inequality.

working time work–family conflict gender inequality faculty workload glass ceiling 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jerry A. Jacobs
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia

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