Faculty Surveys

2017 Coach Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey.

The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) survey of faculty career satisfaction is a national, research-based initiative, operated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, that is designed to improve faculty recruitment, retention and work/life quality. The COACHE survey assesses faculty views on an important range of university policies, practices, and working conditions, in order to provide our institution with valuable feedback and benchmarking data that can be broken down by gender, race and disciplinary area.

UB's Participation in the 2017 Survey

UB most recently participated in the survey for the third time in Spring 2017 (most recent previous survey in 2011).   Unlike previous COACHE surveys, which were limited to tenured and tenure-track faculty, in 2017 the survey was expanded to all full-time faculty (defined by COACHE as 75% and above), including clinical, research and other non-tenure-track faculty. UB plans to work with COACHE to develop a similar survey for part-time faculty to collect data about their experience and job satisfaction at a later date.

Past surveys have contributed to the development of improved policies and programs that directly benefit faculty. The 2017 COACHE survey will help UB assess the effectiveness of these and other initiatives so that we better understand what we do well and how we can enhance policies and programs to make UB an even better place to work.

2017 Survey Results

Click on the thumbnails below to view result tables from COACHE. UB’s COACHE survey data will be shared with faculty in various formats, such as retreats and faculty forums.

UB and Peer COACHE Survey Response Rates.

UB and Peer Survey Response Rates

UB Benchmark results.

UB Benchmark Results

Response by School .

UB Response by School

Faculty View of institution and Department.

Faculty View of UB and Department

How to Read COACHE benchmark results.

How to Read COACHE benchmark results

View of feedback on tenure and promotion progress.

Received Formal Feedback on Progress Toward Tenure and Promotion

COACHE Results - Presentation to Faculty Senate Executive Committee - 2017

COACHE Presentation - FSEC October 11, 2017

Webinar: Assessing the Needs of Part-Time Faculty: Lessons Learned from the University at Buffalo

Date: Friday, April 26, 2019, 2:00pm to 3:00pm

How Will Faculty Benefit from Results?

UB will use COACHE survey data constructively to target policy and program improvements in areas that enhance faculty career success and satisfaction. For example, past COACHE surveys have contributed to the development of a variety of policies and programs, such as:

  • Professional development programs for faculty and chairs
  • Initiatives related to equity and inclusion
  • Tenure clock extension policy
  • Mentoring practices
  • Expanded new faculty orientation
  • Research support services
  • Central support for dual academic couple hiring
  • Improved communication on tenure and promotion processes and expectations