Faculty Climate Survey, Spring 2005
Provost's Report of the Results
TO: Boulder Campus Teaching & Research Faculty, Deans, Directors, Dept Chairs, System Administration FROM: Office of the Provost SENDER: Interim Provost Susan K. Avery DATE: October 13, 2005 SUBJECT: Faculty Climate Survey Results The Office of the Provost, in conjunction with the offices of Faculty Affairs and Diversity and Equity, contracted with CUNY's Professor Judi Komaki to engage departments on campus in the evaluation of the -climate- within their units. Climate is critical in assisting with the retention of all faculty, and especially important in the retention of women and minorities. Professor Komaki's research in this area has resulted in development of a Justice Model, inspired by the theory of psychologist B.F. Skinner (1978). Komaki's Model identified a perplexing dilemma - Deans and Chairs may have responsibility for creating an atmosphere within their units but no measure exists of what these prime movers do to enable these environments. A Faculty Climate Survey was thus constructed to assess the factors that impact climate. In April 2005, 515 (55%) of the faculty on the Boulder campus were asked to rate their units on: Climate - the atmosphere of the department/school or college; Evenhandedness of Evaluation - fairness of appraisal; Career Advisement - guidance about faculty's goals and timetables; Acknowledgement of Progress and Expertise - recognition of performance; and Intention to Stay - desire to remain in the unit. The top 13 units (based upon overall scores) to be congratulated for their efforts are: 1. Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences: James Green; 2. Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences: John Hansen; 3. Integrative Physiology: Roger Enoka; 4. Geological Sciences: Mary Kraus; 5. Classics: John Gilbert; 6. College of Music: Daniel Sher; 7. School of Law: David Getches; 8. Chemistry & Biochemistry: Kevin Peters; 9. Germanic & Slavic Languages & Literatures: Artemi Romanov; 10. Linguistics: Barbara Fox; 11. Physics: John Cumalat; 12. Chemical Engineering: Christopher Bowman; 13. Sociology: Michael Radelet. Vice Provost Christine Yoshinaga-Itano, Office of Diversity and Equity, will continue to work with Professor Komaki in the coming weeks on additional assessment and development activities with chairs, directors, and deans. A special thanks to the faculty who gave their valuable time to complete the survey. I look forward to working with you to ensure that we have the best possible climate for all of our faculty.
Last revision 10/17/05
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