In Fall 2019, Provost Brickhouse formed a Task Force to assess faculty satisfaction and identify strategies to enhance the faculty experience, retention, and productivity. The Task Force partnered with Harvard’s Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education to conduct an extensive survey of all faculty in the spring of 2020. This strategic partnership allows us to compare our results across campus, relative to 5 peer institutions, and across 110 institutions nationwide.
At this time, we are entering the next stage of work which includes a range of campus conversations. These conversations are designed to help us identify specific strategies to address University, school, and departmental challenges.
The COACHE Executive Report dated October 2021 is available below.
COACHE Survey Report
The COACHE survey report provides a comparison of Baylor’s survey results to a “cohort” of 110 COACHE partners who identify as generally similar. A complete list of the schools in this “cohort” is available in the appendix of the Report Preview that is downloadable from this page. In addition, a group of five “peers” was selected to represent a comparison set of those most similar to Baylor in the faculty labor market. Those “peer” universities include: Emory University, Georgetown University, Saint Louis University, Tulane University, and Vanderbilt University. For questions about the survey or the Report Preview, please contact COACHE@baylor.edu.
Initiatives from COACHE recommendations:
- Developed a target of excellence faculty hiring program.
- Opportunities for discipline-specific DEI and belonging training and education proposals.
- Department tenure and promotion policies moved to a prominent place on the provost's website.
- Building interdisciplinarity through programs such as materials science that unite faculty from diverse units.
- Discussions continuing around a 3rd tier for lecturers throughout fall 2022.
- Academic committee review completed in the spring of 2022.
To explore a few of the key highlights from the COACHE survey findings, please look below:
Decision-making processes across all levels
Experiences of underrepresented minority faculty
Barriers to Interdisciplinary Research and Teaching
Quality of Colleagues
Quality of Undergraduate Students
Support of Colleagues
Facilities and Work Resources
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One of Baylor’s highest priorities is the satisfaction and success of its faculty. To reach that goal, we must continuously strive to understand areas of faculty success and faculty concern and work together to find solutions, processes and procedures that support improvement.
I am pleased to share with you that Stephen B. Reid, Ph.D., Professor of Christian Scriptures with Baylor’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary, has been selected to serve in a new position as the University’s Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity & Belonging.
Three years ago, Baylor developed a strategic roadmap that would guide the academic priorities of the University. Thanks to the great work and commitment of our faculty, we have made significant progress toward the goals established in that strategic plan, Illuminate.
Earlier this year, you were invited to participate in the COACHE Faculty Satisfaction Survey designed and administered by Harvard University to help assess areas at Baylor that impact faculty satisfaction, such as <em>research, service, teaching, facilities, resources, policies, benefits, collaborative work, mentoring, tenure and promotion, leadership, institutional governance, shared governance, collegiality, and recognition</em>. <strong>We want to say “thank you.”</strong>