My apologies for not posting this earlier: the Coalition on the Academic Workforce is trying to collect data on the working conditions of graduate students, postdocs, and contingent faculty in the United States. To that end they’ve created a survey that you can fill out on an Internet near you.
The CAW explains:
The Coalition on the Academic Workforce (CAW) invites all members of the contingent academic workforce in U.S. colleges and universities to participate in this survey. The survey inquires about course assignments, salaries, benefits, and general working conditions as members of the contingent academic workforce experience them at the institutional level. We invite participation from all instructional and research staff members employed off the tenure track, including faculty members employed either full- or part-time, graduate students remunerated as teaching assistants or employed in other roles, and researchers and post-doctoral fellows.
Most of the data on the working conditions of the contingent academic workforce—particularly data about salaries, benefits, and course assignments—exist in large data sets that have been aggregated and averaged at the national level. Consequently, the similarities and differences that contingent academic workers experience across different institutions and institutional sectors, geographic regions, and disciplines become obscured. This survey aims to examine salaries, benefits, course assignments, and general working conditions as contingent academic workers experience them at the institutional level. The survey will collect institution- and course-specific information to create a more textured and realistic picture of contingent academic workers’ working lives and working conditions.
It is our hope that sufficient numbers of respondents will complete this survey to permit developing a rich dataset that will help CAW and its member organizations advocate on behalf of professional compensation and working conditions for the contingent academic workforce.
The CAW asks you to fill out the survey by November 30, 2010. Fie on me for leaving this to-do task til after
Diwali Thanksgiving, but if you’re one of those instructional and research staff members employed off the tenure track in the U.S., please take a moment to help out with this important project. Thanks.