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By the numbers / Contract academic staff (CAS): Scholarly activities and access to resources

By the numbers / Contract academic staff (CAS): Scholarly activities and access to resources

The percentage of CAS conducting non-paid* scholarly activities

67% Working on peer-reviewed journal articles36% Writing for non-peer-reviewed publications31% Conducting fieldwork (interviews, survey research, etc.)30% Applying for external research grants

27% Working on peer-reviewed book manuscript(s)17% Applying for research ethics approval10% Laboratory research (experiments, observation, etc.)7% Completing graduate studies

* Note that typically CAS are only paid to teach and are not paid for scholarly activities (i.e., research, fieldwork)

The percentage of CAS that have no access or insufficient access to many resources

86% Conference travel funding84% Research travel funding68% Athletic facilities62% Parking

52% Professional development seminars/workshops37% Teaching and learning resources 31% Printer (for course materials)26% Library: Online journal / periodical access

Source: CAUT (2018) Out of the Shadows: Experiences of Contract Academic Staff. Available at


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