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Contingent Employment Brown Bag Will Dip into Survey Results

Friday, October 4, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman

Come take part in the AFS Committee on Contingent Workforce Concerns Brown Bag for a discussion of the results from the survey you and your colleagues participated in in 2018. Last year, the AFS Committee on Contingent Workforce Concerns conducted a survey to better understand the breadth of the landscape of contingent work in our field. We have only begun to process the complex data gathered from this survey. We’d love to have your input about what you’re interested in discovering about contingent folklore work and workers.

The survey generated a large and complex array of data, including qualitative and quantitative information, with subsets of questions that were dependent on answers to others. Since analyzing the results may be a multi-stage project, we need your guidance in determining priorities and framing our most pressing questions. This fall, we have the benefit of an information technology intern, Claire Burdette, who has the expertise to identify and visualize patterns in the large and complex quantitative data we collected. Get a demonstration of the capabilities of the information visualization tools she will use, and a tantalizing sneak peek at some of the knowledge to be gained. (Here is a snapshot of a very preliminary report)

Snapshop of contingent worker survey data

As you may realize after looking at the snapshot above, the data may reveal questions and ideas through the use of the information visualization program that might not previously have occurred to you. What do you see and wonder about?

The survey focused on U.S.-based folklorists working in “contingent,” or institutionally vulnerable, positions (e.g., contract- or grant-dependent workers in academic and public sectors, including semester/year-based academic appointments such as clinical faculty, post-docs, and other non-tenure-track faculty positions).

The American Folklore Society is committed to better understanding the scope and impact of contingent labor as a starting point for conversations about how the Society can more effectively support this constituency as contingent labor becomes increasingly common in all sectors of the economy.

The AFS Committee on Contingent Workforce Concerns Brown Bag will be held Thursday, October 17, 12:45 pm–1:45 pm, in Chesapeake B, 3rd floor.



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