Assessing Contingent Labor

The Coalition on the Academic Workforce is an organization that seeks to understand and address problems related to contingent labor in higher education. They are currently conducting a survey that will provide better, more nuanced data on working conditions and benefits. As the AAUP newsletter describes:

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.

To complete the survey, go to: