Faculty are essential to the success of our university and academic mission. To better understand the needs of our faculty, the University of Cincinnati (UC) has partnered with Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE). For more than 10 years, COACHE has worked with more than 250 academic institutions to survey faculty and identify themes associated with faculty satisfaction.
Spring of 2018, faculty completed the COACHE Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey. Fall 2018, we received the results of that survey. The COACHE Executive Team reviewed the results and identified three areas of strength and three areas for development. According to the faculty, our strengths are departmental collegiality, faculty leadership, and tenure policies. Areas for development include departmental leadership, interdisciplinary work, and mentoring. During the spring 2019 semester, through a peer and self-nominated process, six working groups were formed that corresponded to our three areas of strength and three areas for development. These groups reviewed the COACHE quantitative and qualitative data in detail, conducted follow up interviews, and benchmarked practices at our peer institutions to create a set of recommendations that were presented to Provost Nelson, Vice Provost Serra, and the COACHE Executive Team in May 2019.
Provost Nelson, Vice Provost Serra, and the COACHE Executive Team are currently reviewing the groups’ recommendations to develop a strategic response to the Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey results. The response will be posted to this website early fall semester.