An Adjunct Faculty Mommy Track.
With the number of adjunct faculty members - low-paid instructors with no benefits or job security -- at American universities on the rise, a Pennsylvania State University professor says 73 percent of those adjuncts are women. Labor and Women's Studies Professor Robert Drago, in a Chronicle of Higher Education article, said women teaching part-time rarely, if ever, are able to transition to the tenure track, adding that the academic world is often hostile to those seeking to balance work and life. "Women who choose the tenure track often sacrifice family life on the altar of career," Drago wrote. However he did say that a handful of universities and college are creating "half-time" tenure tracks to address the problem. (March 2007)