“Drake defines hidden labor activities that advance the University mission that are often ignored or not proportionately valued in annual evaluations, promotion, and compensation and may negatively impact work-life balance, physical and mental health, and/or retention. These activities occur within the context of employment that individuals perform in response to the implicit or explicit demands from stakeholders (administrators, students, alumni, community members). Identity-based labor often disproportionatley burdens groups historically underrepresented in higher education.”
-Faculty Senate Compensation Committee, 2019
"While identity-based labor can be a concern for all faculty, it seems clear that some faculty members are expected to undertake service activities because of their race, gender, ethnicity, LGBTQ+ identity, or backgrounds, these faculty members are called upon to serve in ways, and to degrees, that other faculty members are not."
-Hidden Labor Evaluation in Tenure and Promotion Process Task Force
Access the Identity-Based Labor Report released in 2022. [pdf]
The Taskforce is a group of faculty leaders with representatives from every college, convened under the leadership of the Associate Provost for Campus Equity and Inclusion. It serves as a consulting group for tenure and promotion committees and academic unit leadership, through deans and department chairs, as they explore ways to address identity-based labor.
Our charge: to research the issues and make recommendations for policy and guideline changes that can be adopted to remediate issues of identity-based labor by the various colleges, through determining best practices in acknowledging and valuing this type of labor within promotion and tenure processes, as well as supporting faculty who routinely engage in identity-based labor.
The taskforce is working to create collaborative communication around practices and process changes with the aim of shifting the Drake University eco-system so we begin to normalize accounting for, but also increasingly mitigate, identity-based labor (and hidden-labor); both university-wide and at the unit level.