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A Web Letter from the Office of the Provost - February 2022
Data Mine + Cummins

By Mary Jane Chew

COACHE faculty job satisfaction survey underway

The faculty job satisfaction survey, COACHE - The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education is underway and faculty are encouraged to participate.

“While there are many surveys that faculty are asked to complete, this one was designed entirely to determine current job satisfaction of faculty at Purdue compared to faculty at peer institutions,” said Jay Akridge, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity. “The views of our faculty are especially important to us as we strive to attract and retain the best and brightest scholars and teachers, increase the satisfaction of all faculty, and continue to make Purdue University a great place to work.”

The COACHE survey, last conducted in spring 2018, asks Purdue faculty and lecturers to provide feedback about their job satisfaction and perceptions about promotion and tenure, teaching, research, climate, work-life balance, and other areas. Harvard enables comparison of job satisfaction results at Purdue to responses from faculty at peer institutions. Purdue’s Institutional Data Analytics + Assessment (IDA+A) also analyzes the data and shares aggregated results to enable comparisons across time at Purdue and to facilitate planning and implementation of improved academic policies and practices.

In the past, participation in COACHE helped identify the aspects of faculty life where improvement was possible, such as clarity of expectations for promotion and tenure, cultivating and supporting faculty in leadership and mentoring roles, the non-tenure track faculty experience, and department/school climate.

The survey instrument is open until early April.  When the results from this COACHE survey are in hand, the findings will be shared broadly - as each college has a representative on the COACHE implementation committee. Aggregate benchmark and item results will be added to those of previous years in dashboards on Purdue’s COACHE website.

COACHE was developed and is managed by the Harvard-based Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education, from which it draws its name.