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Daily Bias Survey

Impact of the virtual workplace

In order to capture a full picture of faculty's professional lives, we are not collecting data from participants during the break. 

The study will be resumed in 2021 spring semester. 

If you are interested in this study, please go to the study webpage and provide us your email address. We will contact you before the study resumes.

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This national study is conducted by the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and is funded by National Science Foundation ADVANCE-IT Program. The purpose of this research study is to chronicle the experiences of faculty (ALL genders) with microaggressions, both personally experienced and/or witnessed, and their relationship to employees’ job satisfaction and well-being. Collecting daily data of participants’ workplace experiences will provide important insights into how often microaggressions occur, how they are dealt with, and what consequences they have.

How Microaggressions Are Like Mosquito Bites

What are microaggressions anyway?

Microaggressions are defined as “everyday, common verbal, non-verbal, and/or environmental snubs/insults” and whose theorized impact is a function of their “cumulative impact” (Sue, 2007). To get a better understanding, please watch the following video: How Microaggressions Are Like Mosquito Bites.

Sounds interesting, what will I have to do if I sign up?

You will be asked to enter an email address so that we can send you everything electronically. You will be asked to complete a baseline questionnaire (10-15 mins), consisting of questions that measure factors such as: the degree of subtle gender bias at your institution, your job satisfaction and organizational commitment, your general well being, etc. The day following baseline, you will receive a daily email with a link to complete a 2-4 minute questionnaire for 14 consecutive days (including weekends). The importance of collecting data over the course of 14 consecutive days is to ensure we capture a large enough snap shot of the natural cycle of faculty life, likely to include faculty meetings, committee meetings, lab meetings, times you’re away from campus, etc.

We have created a short video to demonstrate what the “daily questionnaire” would involve so there are no surprises.

Ok, but what about confidentiality? This is sensitive stuff!

The information you provide will remain absolutely confidential. Any identifying information provided would be de-identified during data processing. While we require you to provide an institutional email address in order to verify your eligibility on the first page of the baseline, you will have the option of providing an alternative email address to receive your daily reminders and other study materials. If you provide an alternative email, your institutional email address will be deleted within 24 hours.

What do I get out of it?

In addition to forwarding science (!), as a token of our appreciation for the time and effort, the first 300 participants will receive an Amazon gift card. The amount will be based on the level of participation, up to $50.

How does this forward Science?

To date, most data is either qualitative in nature and/or asks individuals to retrospectively report their experiences at a single time point. Given that microaggressions are by definition, “everyday, common verbal, non-verbal, and/or environmental snubs/insults” and whose theorized impact is a function of their “cumulative impact”, it is critical to model them as such.

If you would like to receive a notification when we resume enrollment, please go to the study webpage and provide your email address:

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Still more questions?

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your participation or this study in general, please contact Michelle Haynes-Baratz at