Data Storm

By Kaustuv Basu

It started with an announcement in February that a University of Georgia instructor would start a crowdsourcing project to find out more about working conditions and salaries of adjuncts. Last month, a graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro announced that she was attempting something similar for graduate student employees.

Both projects are attempts at gathering information — on the salaries of adjuncts and graduate students — where rigorously researched data is difficult to come by. Adjuncts, by their very nature, are difficult to track: they might not teach every semester, they might teach at more than one institution, and many institutions are inconsistent in how they pay them. And major surveys on such topics as faculty salaries — such as the annual report by the American Association of University Professors — focus on full-time faculty members and exclude more of those off the tenure track.

Continued at: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/04/02/crowdsourcing-contingent-salary-data#ixzz1qtmm7BLa

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