It is important for us to foster a workplace that is valued by faculty, students, and staff. Pressures on academic careers are significant, especially in light of constraints we have recently experienced. However, it is important that we continue to do more to support our campus community and assess periodically how well we are performing and what further might be done at the department, unit, or university level to improve upon job satisfaction. Likewise, it is important for us to know those areas where we are doing well in the opinion of our faculty.
Tenure track and tenured faculty at UMKC have received an invitation to complete a national survey developed at Harvard University known as COACHE (The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education). This survey has been used by a large number of higher education institutions to identify issues pertaining to workplace satisfaction. It is aimed at determining faculty perceptions of climate, work-life balance, tenure and promotion requirements, support systems, and other related issues. Participation in the survey study is voluntary.
The information obtained will be important in guiding UMKC in future years on areas to work on to optimize and improve faculty success and overall career satisfaction. The data will also compare UMKC to peer institutions in order for us to gain a better sense of how well we are doing with respect to faculty satisfaction at UMKC. Tenure track and tenured faculty will receive reminder emails from COACHE (firstname.lastname@example.org) over the next two months to complete the survey.
If you have questions about the survey, please contact Dr. Larry Bunce, Director of Institutional Research at email@example.com.