Humanities Indicators
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Distribution of Humanities Faculty by Gender

While the humanities have lagged behind nearly all other fields in the racial/ethnic diversity of their postsecondary faculty, the field has a greater share of female faculty than most others.

Findings and Trends

  • If faculty of all ranks are considered, just under 50% of humanities faculty were women in 2004, up from 37% in 1988 (Indicator III-13a). By 2004, only two fields, education and health sciences, had greater proportions of female faculty.
  • Women were a minority among the highest-ranking humanities faculty in 1988, and still represented less than 40% of tenured faculty in 2004 (Indicator III-13b).
  • From 1988 to 1993 the percentage of nontenure track faculty who were women rose eight percentage points to 59%. While this proportion subsequently dropped somewhat, women remained overrepresented among nontenure track faculty. Moreover, although the percentage of faculty eligible for tenure who were women rose from 1988 to 1993, it then dropped steadily throughout the remainder of the 1990s and into the early 2000s.
III-13a: Female Faculty as a Percentage of All Postsecondary Faculty, Selected Fields, 1988–2004
Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), National Study of Postsecondary Faculty; data accessed and analyzed via NCES's online Data Analysis System at http://nces.ed.gov/das/.
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III-13b: Female Faculty as a Percentage of Tenured, Tenure Track, and Nontenure Track Postsecondary Humanities Faculty, 1988–2004
Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), National Study of Postsecondary Faculty (2004); data accessed and analyzed via NCES's online Data Analysis System at http://nces.ed.gov/das/.
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