Biological Anthropology Field Experiences Web Survey

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Thank you for your interest in our survey. The Biological Anthropology Field Experiences Web Survey is designed to solicit input on the ways in which fieldwork does or does not provide a safe scholarly and research environment for all. Rather than determining the total number of instances, or percentage risk of a negative experience, our interest is in gathering stories to inform Field Directors, faculty mentors, and other researchers on the scope of the problem, and identify some of the main contributory factors to a negative environment, both to encourage improvement and to identify future areas for research.

What you will do

By hitting "next," you give informed consent to participate in our internet survey. Please answer these questions to the best of your ability. You can decide to end participation at any time, or not answer certain questions. We will keep your responses anonymous and your identities confidential to only the four principal investigators listed below. In any in person, in print, or on line reporting, publishing, or presenting of the data we collect from this survey all personal identifiers will be expunged. This survey and the server on which we will be storing your results are data encrypted, in order to ensure your answers are safe with us.

In order to confirm identities and make sure participants only fill out the survey once, we will ask for your email address and you will get a confirmation of completion of your survey at that address. We are interested in following up by phone with a random sub-sample of participants to hear your stories, and if you indicate you would be willing to be considered, we will additionally ask you to check a box so that we can initiate contact. You will also have the chance to check a box at the conclusion of the study to enter you into a lottery for a 1:10 chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card. You can check this box regardless of how much or how little of the survey you completed.

Risks

Please note that we will be asking about sexual harassment or assault experiences you may have had in the past, albeit in a general way. These questions may be triggering, and stimulation of these memories may make you uncomfortable. If you are at all worried that thinking about or sharing your experiences about sexual harassment or assault would be too mentally harmful, do not continue with this survey.

Benefits

We hope the results of this research will stimulate a broader conversation about mentoring, fieldwork, and support of students and peers. We believe this research has enormous benefit to the discipline, as creating a safer space for research will encourage more diverse people to pursue science, and more diverse perspectives.

For more information

This human subjects research was approved by the University of Illinois Institutional Review Board. If you have any questions about this project, please contact the primary investigator Dr. Kathryn Clancy, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, at 217-244-1509 or via email at kclancy@illinois.edu

If you have any questions about your rights as a participant in this study or any concerns or complaints, please contact the University of Illinois Institutional Review Board at 217-333-2670 (collect calls will be accepted if you identify yourself as a research participant) or via email at irb@illinois.edu.

Again, thank you so much for your willingness to participate in our project.

Sincerely,

Kathryn Clancy, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Katie Hinde, Assistant Professor, Harvard University
Robin Nelson, Assistant Professor, University of California Riverside
Julienne Rutherford, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois Chicago

Question 1

required1. I agree to complete the survey

Thank you for your interest in our survey. The Biological Anthropology Field Experiences Web Survey is designed to solicit input on the ways in which fieldwork does or does not provide a safe scholarly and research environment for all. Rather than determining the total number of instances, or percentage risk of a negative experience, our interest is in gathering stories to inform Field Directors, faculty mentors, and other researchers on the scope of the problem, and identify some of the main contributory factors to a negative environment, both to encourage improvement and to identify future areas for research.

What you will do

By hitting "next," you give informed consent to participate in our internet survey. Please answer these questions to the best of your ability. You can decide to end participation at any time, or not answer certain questions. We will keep your responses anonymous and your identities confidential to only the four principal investigators listed below. In any in person, in print, or on line reporting, publishing, or presenting of the data we collect from this survey all personal identifiers will be expunged. This survey and the server on which we will be storing your results are data encrypted, in order to ensure your answers are safe with us.

In order to confirm identities and make sure participants only fill out the survey once, we will ask for your email address and you will get a confirmation of completion of your survey at that address. We are interested in following up by phone with a random sub-sample of participants to hear your stories, and if you indicate you would be willing to be considered, we will additionally ask you to check a box so that we can initiate contact. You will also have the chance to check a box at the conclusion of the study to enter you into a lottery for a 1:10 chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card. You can check this box regardless of how much or how little of the survey you completed.

Risks

Please note that we will be asking about sexual harassment or assault experiences you may have had in the past, albeit in a general way. These questions may be triggering, and stimulation of these memories may make you uncomfortable. If you are at all worried that thinking about or sharing your experiences about sexual harassment or assault would be too mentally harmful, do not continue with this survey.

Benefits

We hope the results of this research will stimulate a broader conversation about mentoring, fieldwork, and support of students and peers. We believe this research has enormous benefit to the discipline, as creating a safer space for research will encourage more diverse people to pursue science, and more diverse perspectives.

For more information

This human subjects research was approved by the University of Illinois Institutional Review Board. If you have any questions about this project, please contact the primary investigator Dr. Kathryn Clancy, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, at 217-244-1509 or via email at kclancy@illinois.edu

If you have any questions about your rights as a participant in this study or any concerns or complaints, please contact the University of Illinois Institutional Review Board at 217-333-2670 (collect calls will be accepted if you identify yourself as a research participant) or via email at irb@illinois.edu.

Again, thank you so much for your willingness to participate in our project.

Sincerely,

Kathryn Clancy, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Katie Hinde, Assistant Professor, Harvard University
Robin Nelson, Assistant Professor, University of California Riverside
Julienne Rutherford, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois Chicago