Informed Consent (IRB # 2013-2133)

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Information Sheet for Survey – Contingent Faculty
University of Cincinnati
Department: English and Comparative Literature
Principal Investigator: Lisa Meloncon

Title of Study: Technical and Professional Communication (TPC): A Survey of Material Work Conditions

You are being asked to take part in a research study. Please read this paper carefully and ask questions about anything that you do not understand.

Who is doing this research study?
The person in charge of this research study is Lisa Meloncon, Assistant Professor, of the University of Cincinnati (UC) Department of English and Comparative Literature.

What is the purpose of this research study?
The purpose of this research study is to gather specific information on the material work conditions at your institution. Your participation will help us understand the working conditions of contingent faculty in writing programs.

Who will be in this research study?
You may be in this study if you are a contingent faculty teaching writing courses. Up to 500 writing faculty may participate in the study.

What will you be asked to do in this research study, and how long will it take?
You will be asked to a complete an online survey. It will take about 20-30 minutes, and you can complete it at the location on your choice.

Are there any risks to being in this research study?
You will not be exposed to any risk or discomfort from participating in this study. None of the survey questions ask for sensitive personal information and you may choose not to answer any questions.

Are there any benefits from being in this research study?
You will probably not get any benefit from taking part in this study. But, being in this study may help those who teach writing understand material work conditions better.

Will you have to pay anything to be in this research study?
You will not have to pay anything to be in this research study.

What will you get because of being in this research study?
You will not be paid to take part in this study.

Do you have choices about taking part in this research study?
If you do not want to take part in this research study you may chose not to participate or you may quit participating AT ANY TIME.

How will your research information be kept confidential?
Your responses to the survey are anonymous.

What are your legal rights in this research study?
Nothing in this consent form waives any legal rights you may have. This consent form also does not release the investigator, the institution, or its agents from liability for negligence.

What if you have questions about this research study?
If you have any questions or concerns about this research study, you should contact the PI, Lisa Meloncon by phone at 513-556-3034 or 803-370-0008 or by email at

The UC Institutional Review Board reviews all research projects that involve human participants to be sure the rights and welfare of participants are protected.

If you have questions about your rights as a participant or complaints about the study, you may contact the UC IRB at (513) 558-5259. Or, you may call the UC Research Compliance Hotline at (800) 889-1547, or write to the IRB, 300 University Hall, ML 0567, 51 Goodman Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0567, or email the IRB office at

Do you HAVE to take part in this research study?
No one has to be in this research study. Refusing to take part will NOT cause any penalty or loss of benefits that you would otherwise have. You may start and then change your mind and stop at any time. To stop being in the study, you simply need to close out the survey and then close your browser.


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