Accurate metrics on faculty in the academy are critical for understanding deficits, creating positive change, and evaluating strategies throughout the recruitment, hiring, and tenure processes. The Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development & Diversity collaborates with a variety of Harvard offices to support the collection of data on faculty representation by School, division, and department. In addition, the Office conducts periodic surveys of faculty and analyzes these data to better understand issues of campus climate and faculty satisfaction with programs and policies.
Harvard University Faculty Climate Survey 2013
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.
Harvard University Faculty Climate Survey Report, March 2008
- Letter from former Senior Vice Provost Evelynn Hammonds
- Full report (pdf)
- Summary of the full report (pdf)
- Highlights (PowerPoint presentation)
If you have any questions regarding the report, please contact the Office of Institutional Research.
Report of the Task Force on Women Faculty
MIT9 Annual Meeting, April 2007
The MIT9, composed of nine of the nation's leading research universities, held its 2007 meeting in Washington, D.C., to discuss ways to increase the representation of women and minorities in science and engineering faculties.
Donna Nelson, associate professor of chemistry at the University of Oklahoma, presented a comprehensive analysis of tenured and tenure-track faculty in the “top 50” departments of science and engineering disciplines, showing that females and minorities are significantly underrepresented. Daryl Smith, a professor of education and psychology at Claremont Graduate University, spoke on ways to diversify the next generation of university faculty and reported on the effectiveness of recruiting efforts.
COACHE Climate Survey for Tenure Track Faculty
In the fall of 2005, the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity launched COACHE – the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education – survey. This survey is a tenure-track job satisfaction survey created by Cathy Trower and Richard Chait of Harvard's Graduate School of Education. The purpose of this survey is to learn how our tenure track faculty view specific institutional policies including the review to tenure process, and to gauge their satisfaction with their current position. The survey has been used at a number of institutions across the country. COACHE survey (pdf).