Published February 7, 2017
We are pleased to inform you that UB will once again be participating in the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) survey of faculty career satisfaction. This national research survey, operated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and specifically designed for full-time faculty, 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. Your views are especially important to us as we strive to attract and retain the most outstanding scholars, artists, teachers, and clinicians; to enhance the satisfaction of all faculty; and to continue to make UB a great place to build your academic career.
This is the third time UB will be participating in the COACHE survey; the last COACHE survey was administered in 2011. Our prior participation has contributed to the development of improved policies and programs in areas that enhance faculty career success and satisfaction, including tenure clock extensions, mentoring, work/life balance, equity and inclusion, communication of tenure and promotion processes and expectations, dual academic couple hiring support, research support services, amongst other initiatives. This year, all full-time faculty are included in the survey, allowing non-tenure track and clinical faculty in addition to tenured and tenure-track faculty to have their voices heard on this large scale.
Your participation will entail completing a 25-minute web-based survey; your unique link to the survey will be e-mailed to you from COACHE (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the coming days. COACHE will not use any name or e-mail address for any purpose except this study, and it guarantees the confidentiality of your responses to the survey. For more information about the COACHE survey and UB’s participation in it, click here. If you have any questions, please contact Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Robert Granfield at email@example.com or 645-3594, or you may contact COACHE directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The meaningfulness of the COACHE survey depends on broad faculty participation. Your response is critical to this important endeavor, and we thank you in advance for taking the time to complete the survey so we can learn from your views and experiences.
Charles F. Zukoski
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs