Asst. Prof. Meg Sobkowicz-Kline demonstrating things to a female student in the plastics recycling lab.

Daily bias survey: an nsf funded, confidential national study

Currently there are two ongoing studies: A national study and a local study for UMass Lowell faculty. Further details below.

  • WHO: All full-time faculty at U.S. institutions are eligible - all genders, races/ethnicities, disciplines.
  • TIME: 20-minute baseline questionnaire; 2-4 minute daily survey (30 consecutive days) at an afternoon/evening time that works for you!
  • WHAT: Report personal and /or witnessed microaggressions related to your work environment.
  • INCENTIVE: Depends on study
    • National Study Participants: $50 Amazon gift card, amount based on participation, for the first 150 participants nationally.
    • *UMass Lowell Faculty only*: Lottery for expense covered prime "Chair" parking spot in lot of your choosing (One North; One south).
  • WHEN: We will resume enrolling new participants on January 22, 2019. Please click the link below if you would like to receive a reminder in January.

If you are a faculty member at UMass Lowell please:

Sign up to receive a reminder about the UMass Lowell Daily Bias Study 

If you are a faculty member at another U.S. institution please:

 Sign up to receive a reminder about the National Daily Bias Study

WHAT'S THIS STUDY ABOUT?

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.

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 (30 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 30 consecutive days (including weekends). The importance of collecting data over the course of 30 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 150 participants will receive an Amazon gift card. The amount will be based on the level of participation, up to $50.

If you are a UMass Lowell faculty member, you will be entered in to a Lottery for an expense covered prime "Chair" parking spot in lot of your choosing for 2019-2020! (one on North & one on South). Number of entry tickets is based on participation rate.

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 are a faculty member at UMass Lowell please:

Participate In The UMass Lowell Daily Bias Study (UMass Lowell Faculty Only)

If you are a faculty member at another U.S. institution please:

Participate In The Daily Bias Study

Still more questions?

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