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A Web Letter from the Office of the Provost - November 2021

By Mary Jane Chew

Faculty job satisfaction survey set for next semester

Faculty and lecturers will again be invited to participate in the COACHE job satisfaction survey next semester.  The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) survey will launch in February. This will be the fourth time Purdue is participating.

The COACHE survey, last conducted in spring 2018, asks Purdue faculty and lecturers to provide feedback about their job satisfaction and perceptions about University leadership, 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. 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.

"The results allow us to identify areas where we've made progress and highlights areas that may need improvement," said Peter Hollenbeck, vice provost for faculty affairs.  “For instance, past COACHE results have driven improvements in the promotion and tenure process and informed the creation of several leadership programs that continue to benefit faculty today.” 

Faculty and lecturers will be hearing more about the survey and why it’s an important tool for continuous improvement in the months ahead. 

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