Graduate assistants make up a larger share of the academic workforce than tenured faculty: Shares of the instructional academic workforce, by faculty status, fall 2017

Position Fall 2017 share
Tenured/tenure-track faculty 24.4%
Tenured faculty 17.1%
Tenure-track faculty 7.3%
Nontenure-track instructional staff 54.6%
Graduate assistants 21.0%

Note: “Nontenure-track instructional staff” refers to instructional staff members who are not on tenure track, have no tenure system, or do not have faculty status.

Source: Authors’ analysis of National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) data, retrieved November 19, 2019, using the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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