Faculty Job Satisfaction: The COACHE Survey

The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) developed and administers a faculty job satisfaction survey, completed by faculty and a network of 250+ colleges and universities. During the spring 2012, 2015, and 2018 semesters, we solicited Purdue faculty input through this survey, and.in spring 2022, we will offer it once again.  Tenure-track, clinical-track, and research-track faculty and continuing lecturers were invited to participate via a link from the Graduate College of Education at Harvard University. The goal of the survey is to identify both our areas of strength and of concern, and to guide our actions for improvement. The survey responses are clustered by COACHE to give us insight into how we’re doing in the following areas:

  • Nature of Work: Overall, Teaching, Research, and Service
  • Resources & Support
  • Benefits
  • Interdisciplinary Work and Collaboration
  • Mentoring
  • Promotion, Tenure, Retention, and Negotiation
  • Leadership and Governance
  • Departmental Engagement, Quality, and Collegiality
  • Work & Personal Life Balance
  • Appreciation & Recognition
  • Global Satisfaction and Improvement

COACHE provides participating institutions with benchmarks to compare themselves to peer institutions. These reports are available for years 2012, 2015, and 2018.

Let’s Dive Deeper…

COACHE provided Purdue with de-identified datasets from 2015 and 2018. These datasets enable us to look deeper into benchmarks and survey items, based on academic or demographic variables. Faculty groups are invited to collaborate with the Office of the Provost and Institutional Data Analytics + Assessment ( IDA+A) to carry out deeper analyses and formulate ways of reporting the results. To get started, please see our:

Due to our agreement with COACHE and confidentiality for faculty, only IDA+A staff may access the survey datasets of individual responses.

Data can be accessed through the following dashboards:

  • Deans and department heads may access the IDA+A dashboards that provide descriptive and comparisons within Purdue University, for institutional, college, and departmental results.
  • All faculty may access the IDA+A dashboards containing results for the university and results for the college where they are primarily appointed.

COACHE Research

For more information about the use of COACHE survey data in publications or reports, see:


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