As teachers, scholars, participants in shared governance, and the purveyors of institutional culture and history, faculty are essential to the success of academic institutions. For over ten years the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education has surveyed faculty members at more than 250 colleges and universities to understand the themes associated with faculty satisfaction.
In 2016, the University of Pittsburgh partnered with COACHE to administer COACHE’s Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey, and almost half of Pitt’s non-clinical, full-time tenured, tenure stream, and non-tenure stream faculty members completed the online survey in the spring. Pitt’s 45 percent response rate approached the overall 47 percent response rate for faculty from all 88 institutions that participated.
One of the advantages of participating in the COACHE survey is the ability to compare Pitt faculty with faculty at peer institutions. Specifically, we can compare Pitt faculty responses to the responses of faculty at the 88 other universities that participated in the COACHE survey over the past three years and to a group of five public universities from the Association of American Universities.
The results are in, and they offer great insights into what Pitt faculty think about working here! Laurie Kirsch, vice provost for faculty affairs, development, and diversity, is working with representatives from COACHE and the University community to disseminate the findings and provide guidance on how to use the results to better inform our work and carry out our mission as a university.
Check back here for information about results, new infographics, and best practices!