Faculty Climate Survey 2013


The periodic administration of a University wide Faculty Climate Survey (FCS) was one of the major recommendations of the 2005-06 Task Forces on Women. The University’s first FCS was conducted in 2007 and the second was conducted in the 2012-2013 academic year.

The survey was designed to provide insights into the working environment for faculty, both in an absolute sense and relative to colleagues at peer institutions. Major sections of the survey focused on satisfaction, atmosphere, tenure, mentoring, and work/life balance. Seventy-two percent of faculty participated.

The survey identified major stresses for faculty, as a necessary first step in the development of policies and practices to address them. The results of Harvard’s first Faculty Climate Survey were the driving force behind many policy and practice changes that have occurred during the past seven years, especially in the domains of faculty mentoring, childcare, and parental leave.


For the purposes of confidentiality, all University-wide results have been aggregated and only responses from groups with at least five faculty members are presented.

The FCS survey instrument was developed as a collaborative effort coordinated by the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity and involving the Office of Institutional Research and a broad range of faculty from across the University with review by the Deans and the leadership teams of each School. Some questions are tailored specifically to Harvard; others were written in collaboration with peer institutions.

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