At City Tech, we consider the faculty to be the foundation for the College’s success. Faculty members not only teach and mentor students, they sustain and renew curriculum and generate the intellectual and creative energy that fuels our unique programs. The president and the provost are committed to work to make City Tech a place that nurtures the best work of the faculty. In order to gain a detailed and nuanced understanding of faculty needs and priorities, City Tech uses several strategies including local surveys and conversations. One very important tool in gauging faculty satisfaction has been the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey.
As a research-practice partnership within the Harvard Graduate School of Education since 2003, COACHE is dedicated to the discovery of and insight into the post-secondary faculty experience. Specifically, the COACHE Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey includes the following themes:
- Nature of Work: Research
- Nature of Work: Teaching
- Nature of Work: Service
- Resources & Support
- Interdisciplinary Work, Collaboration, & Mentoring
- Tenure & Promotion
- Institutional Leadership
- Shared Governance
- Department Engagement, Quality, & Collegiality
- Appreciation & Recognition
- Retention & Negotiation
More details can be found at https://coache.gse.harvard.edu/faculty-job-satisfaction-survey.
City Tech has participated in the COACHE Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey since 2008, survey results have been shared in an open manner, to provide opportunities for faculty engagement to better understand questions raised by the results, and to report back some of the survey’s impact.