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October 24, 2012

COACHE faculty survey to be discussed at Oct. 29 town hall meeting

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Results of a Purdue faculty satisfaction survey will be discussed Monday (Oct. 29) during a town hall meeting.

The forum will be at 3:30 p.m. in Stewart Center, Room 218 C-D.

Acting President Timothy Sands and acting Provost Victor Lechtenberg will host the event. Beverly Davenport Sypher, vice provost for faculty affairs, and James McCann, professor of political science and the provost faculty fellow who helped lead the project for the Office of the Provost, also will be there. Kiernan Mathews, one of the directors of the Collaborative on Academic Careers on Higher Education (COACHE) at Harvard University, also will be at the meeting.

"This is something the faculty participated in and we invite them to come and share with us their ideas," McCann said. "We want to hear their thoughts on what the next steps should be."

Purdue participated in the survey as part of its new membership in COACHE, a collaboration of colleges and universities committed to gathering data that Purdue will use to help recruit, retain and develop faculty members.

"The survey was not just to collect data but to find out what faculty think about workplace issues," Davenport Sypher said. "We care about what we found out and we want to do something about it."

The survey, which was sent to faculty members on the West Lafayette campus via email in October 2011, is a project out of the Office of the Provost in collaboration with the Office of Institutional Research and the Office of the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance. The survey was endorsed by the University Senate.

Writer: Greg McClure, 765-496-9711, gmcclure@purdue.edu

Sources: Beverly Davenport Sypher, 765-494-9709, bdsypher@purdue.edu

James McCann, 765-494-0738, mccannj@purdue.edu