In our continued effort to assess and improve the overall experience that our faculty have at UT, the university will administer a faculty job satisfaction survey from the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) in early February. It will be our most comprehensive faculty satisfaction survey to date and addresses important topics including promotion and tenure, teaching, research, climate, work-life balance, and other areas.
The COACHE survey, which we administered previously in 2017 and 2020, is managed through a national program from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Past results were extremely insightful, and they supported our decision-making around faculty initiatives and updates to our recruitment and retention practices, among other areas.
Participation in the survey is anonymous, and the data provided to UT Austin will be received and kept on a secure server managed by the Office of Institutional Reporting, Research and Information Systems (IRRIS). Neither I, nor any administrator, staff member, or faculty member outside IRRIS will have access to the responses of individual faculty members.
This year, we are aiming for a 50% response rate from faculty. Data from the study is meaningful only if we have broad participation. To further encourage participation, UT Austin will be offering a series of Visa gift cards, ranging from $125 to $450, to a random selection of faculty who complete the survey. Please visit our COACHE website for detailed instructions on incentive eligibility.
Again, please look for an email this week from firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to the survey.
Thank you in advance for your participation and for helping us better understand how we can support you and help you succeed. If you have any questions, please contact IRRISsurveys@austin.utexas.edu.
Sharon L. Wood
Executive Vice President and Provost