Please take 10-15 minutes to complete this survey, adding your voice to AFT’s national conversation about the solutions we need to make higher education sustainable for both our students and the teaching workforce. 
 
The AFT and our locals have been on the front line of the fight for equality for adjunct and contingent faculty for decades. Our last survey of contingent faculty was conducted in spring 2020 just as the pandemic was changing our work, and we know that the higher education landscape is continuing to evolve rapidly. As we continue to grow our union, we need to hear about your experiences in order to reflect the needs of our members. 

Contingent faculty—including nontenure-track professors, adjuncts, lecturers and graduate employees—often feel the brunt of budget cuts and increasing workloads with stagnant pay. Over the past 50 years, the use of academic workers facing contingent employment has skyrocketed. We know that as administrators try to cut costs, they’re also cutting the educational quality of our institutions, and making our profession less sustainable for everyone in it. That’s why we’re asking to hear your stories and experiences.
 
After the survey closes, we'll compile the results for:
-   Sharing with your local to inform bargaining strategies
-   Developing one-pagers and reports about the experiences of contingent faculty
-   Making sure that our stories are part of the political conversation in DC and our statehouses.
 

Once we've compiled the results, we'll email you to make sure you can see what contingent faculty across the country are experiencing in the workplace. Your survey responses will not be shared or made public with your name attached without your explicit approval
 

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* 1. Are you a member of a labor union?

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* 2. What is the name of your AFT affiliate/local?

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* 3. How old are you?

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* 4. What is your gender identity?

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* 5. What is your ethnicity/race? (Check all that apply)

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* 6. What is your highest level of education?

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* 7. At what type of institution(s) do you work currently?  (Check all that apply)

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* 8. In which state/territory do you live?

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* 9. Which best describes your employment at your institution(s)?

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* 10. How many years have you been teaching in higher education/postsecondary education, including time as a graduate employee?

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* 11. If you teach in a semester system, how many courses or sections did you teach in the most recent academic term?

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* 12. How many hours do you spend on your teaching duties, including course prep, grading, and office hours during a typical week during the academic year?

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* 13. If you are currently part-time, would you prefer to be full-time?

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* 14. Contingent faculty are often asked to perform invisible and/or uncompensated service work. In a typical academic term, do you perform any of the following job functions?

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* 15. What is your estimated total individual income annually, across all teaching and nonteaching positions?

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* 16. About how much do you earn, on average, for a typical credit-bearing unit (for a 3-hour, 4-hour or 5-hour credit course) from your anchor teaching position?

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* 17. How many office hours are you required to hold per course per week?

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* 18. If you hold office hours, are you compensated for those office hours in your base course pay, or separately?

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* 19. If you are not paid for office hours, do you hold them anyway?

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* 20. If you are compensated for office hours, do you work more office hours than you are compensated for?

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* 21. Do you receive your first paycheck/direct deposit according to the contracted pay dates?

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* 22. Which of the following best describes your ability to cover month-to-month basic non-housing, non-medical expenses?

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* 23. Where do you get your health insurance? (Check all that apply)

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* 24. How much do you pay toward your health insurance premium every month?

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* 25. Have you had to do any of the following in the past 12 months because of the cost of healthcare? (Check all that apply)

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* 26. Which of the following best describes your household’s ability to cover month-to-month food expenses in the past 12 months?

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* 27. Does your employer provide or offer you any of the following benefits as part of employment? (Check all that apply)

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* 28. At any point in the last three years have you applied for or received any kind of public assistance? (Check the one you have relied on the most)

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* 29. Are you eligible to receive Unemployment Insurance when you are not teaching?

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* 30. Does your state provide Unemployment Insurance for loss of partial employment?

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* 31. How do you generate income during the summer break?

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* 32. Do you participate in shared governance on your campus(es)? (Check all that apply)

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* 33. Are you compensated for shared governance work?

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* 34. Has your institution provided you with adequate training and/or information to prepare you for the following?

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* 35. To perform the functions of your job, do you have access to the following?

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* 36. For your most recent contingent appointment, how far in advance of the first day of classes did you receive an appointment (or appointment renewal) notification from the institution?

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* 37. Have you had an offer of employment terminated due to lack of enrollment or other non-performance reason?

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* 38. Does your most recent employment contract provide guaranteed continuing employment the following academic term, assuming enrollment and satisfactory evaluations are met?

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* 39. If you have had an offer of employment terminated due to lack of enrollment or other non-performance reason, how much cancellation notice were you given?

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* 40. At the end of Spring term, does your anchor institution provide you with a contract for the next Fall term?

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* 41. How many academic terms (consecutive or nonconsecutive) must you have worked at your institution to gain access to continued employment?

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* 42. Does your employment contract contain any kind of seniority-based rehire preference language?

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* 43. Do any of the following ideas related to continuing employment appear in your employment contract? (Check all that apply)

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* 44. Length of average employment contract (Check all that apply)

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* 45. PLEASE SKIP AND PROCEED TO NEXT QUESTION - Q46

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* 46. To what extent do you agree with the following statements for part-time faculty at your college or university?

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* 47. Do you feel like you are treated as an equal member of the faculty by your colleagues at your institution(s)?

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* 48. Do you feel like you are treated as an equal member of the faculty by the administration at your institution(s)?

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* 49. In the last two years, have you thought about leaving academia?

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* 50. If you have thought about leaving academia, what are the reasons you thought about leaving?

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* 51. Were you kept adequately informed of changes to your course modality (in-person, remote, hybrid)?

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* 52. Do you feel your status as a contingent faculty member impacted the communication you received regarding course modality?

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* 53. Did you feel the administration took the necessary steps to keep you safe as a worker during the pandemic?

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* 54. Did you receive notice, informal or formal, of nonrenewal/layoff or reduction in course due to the pandemic?

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* 55. Do you feel like your administration guarantees your academic freedom in the classroom?

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* 56. Is there legislation (proposed or passed) in your state that would restrict what can be taught in college classrooms?

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* 57. If there is legislation proposed or passed in your state that impacts or restricts what can be taught in your classroom, please describe how it would impact you.

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* 58. Has the national conversation on restricting how race, gender, sexuality, etc. are taught impacted how you teach?

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