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Why this initiative?

  • WSU’s success depends squarely on our ability to attract, retain, and support talented faculty.
  • Our goal is to collect data about key areas of faculty work-life, to create a WSU-specific strategic framework that is informed by data and intentionally strengthens faculty well-being and success.
  • Part of our work will include benchmarking and collaborating with peer institutions to design programs, policies, and practices to facilitate organizational change and improve faculty outcomes. Other institutions that have participated have developed a range of programs such as department chair workshops, faculty mentoring programs, more robust guidelines for tenure and promotion dossiers, and new internal awards.
  • This strategic framework will be primarily informed by the results of the COACHE Faculty Survey, which we hope to repeat every other year.

What is Harvard COACHE?

  • The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) is a national, research-based initiative that is designed to help us better understand and actively put into place plans for improving the quality of work-life for faculty at WSU.
  • Faculty Engagement Survey Themes:
    • Nature of Work
    • Tenure and Promotion
    • Interdisciplinary Work
    • Collaboration and Mentoring
    • Resources and Support
    • Shared Governance
    • Department Engagement, Quality, and Collegiality
    • Institutional Leadership
    • Appreciation and Recognition
    • Retention and Negotiations

Who will be encouraged to participate?

All WSU full-time career-track and tenure-track faculty will be asked to participate.

Who are your resources for this project?

A WSU COACHE Leadership Team has been created that represents many colleges and faculty ranks on campus, co-chaired by Professor Doug Call (Faculty Senate Chair) and Laura Hill (Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Development).

Will my responses be anonymous?

During the recruitment phase of the survey, your name and email addresses are retained by COACHE (not CORE Committee team members at WSU) solely for the sake of COACHE research. When COACHE submits the survey report to WSU, only the de-identified data is shown in the report. This means, no identifiers are matched to reported response, and at no time will any personnel on WSU’s campuses have access to any data containing identifying information. We have requested not to receive a breakdown by the department to preserve anonymity in responses from small departments. Finally, as part of our memorandum of understanding with COACHE, no administrators in Academic Affairs or HRM will have access to unit-level data. COACHE also ensures participant anonymity in all output, including data released and correspondent reports. This is all meant to protect the identity of respondents.  Additional information on data privacy can be found in COACHE FAQs.

What is the timeline for the project?

Faculty Satisfaction Survey: This survey will launch the week of February 7, 2022 and close on April 7, 2022. The WSU COACHE Leadership Team will receive the institutional summary report with aggregate findings in the summer or fall of 2022. Results will be shared in fall 2022 with reports to the campus community in fall 2022. Beginning in the AY2022-2023, the leadership team will engage the campus community in the interpretation of the findings and identify actions to address COACHE findings.

The Faculty Satisfaction Survey will be administered again in the spring of 2024 to assess the effectiveness and impact of the actions we have taken to address issues and concerns identified in the spring 2022 results.

Want to learn more?

For more information about the COACHE Survey at WSU, please email