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The Faculty Time Divide

Jerry A. Jacobs
Sociological Forum
Vol. 19, No. 1 (Mar., 2004), pp. 3-27
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4148805
Page Count: 25
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The Faculty Time Divide
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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.

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