Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey FAQs

 

When will the survey be launched?

Early February 2021.

How long will survey participation take?

About 25 minutes in total. You do not have to complete the survey in one sitting. If you leave your computer unattended, the survey will automatically save and close after 20 minutes.

How long will the survey be open?

The survey closes in mid-April.

Is the survey really for me?

If you are a full-time faculty member at any rank at UTA, then yes. The survey has been designed to assess the experiences of full-time faculty at all ranks and with all appointment types, and uses adaptive branching so that each respondent receives only the questions relevant to their rank and appointment.

Where will I find the survey results?

Results are delivered in two formats. A summary PDF report looks at high-level results and global questions. A full digital report disaggregates results by race, gender, rank, tenure status, and discipline. The UTA Faculty Senate will make the results publicly available.

When will the survey results be available?

Reports are delivered to UTA Faculty Senate leadership in the summer of 2021.

Why should I fill out the survey?

The day-to-day experience of faculty and their views of the institution are an invaluable source of information about how to improve UTA. While other types of venues for expressing faculty viewpoints do exist at UTA, the survey allows for the collection of large amounts of anonymous data that can be sorted and analyzed in many ways. The data can then be used to determine what matters to faculty and support initiatives that improve the working life of faculty at UTA and the institution in general. Building such a powerful and large dataset relies on each individual filling out the survey and adding their individual input to the collective project.

What is the survey about?

The Faculty Satisfaction Survey is distinctive to the work of faculty and dives deeply into the issues that matter most to faculty. Support for teaching, research, service, shared governance, and appreciation and recognition for work are just some of the topics covered. The survey is designed pragmatically, with every question linking to practical campus issues.

How will the results be used?

The Faculty Senate will use survey results in a number of important ways, including strategic planning, informing University leadership about issues identified in the survey, and advocating for change and improvement in faculty working conditions.

Will anyone at UTA know which answers are mine?

No. When COACHE submits the survey report to UTA, only the aggregate data is shown. No identifiers are matched to reported responses, and no disaggregated data will be presented for any subgroup with fewer than five respondents.

 

The Chair of Faculty Senate, Dr. Bill Carroll, will be the only person at UTA who receives unit-record data—and that data will have no attached names or email addresses—in addition to the COACHE survey report. He has signed a statement of confidentiality committing to protect the data to the extent allowed by law.

What is unit-record data?

Unit-record data is data that is searchable down to the level of the individual record. COACHE categorically does not provide identifying information such as name and email address even at this level. The only person to hold the unit-record data on our campus will be the Chair of Faculty Senate, Dr. Bill Carroll, who is committed to protect the data to the extent allowed by law.

Where can I find more information about the survey before I take it?

You can read more about COACHE and the survey here: https://coache.gse.harvard.edu/faculty-job-satisfaction-survey

 

Will any of my data be sold or used outside of UTA?

Your data will not be sold. It will only be used outside UTA as part of the COACHE research partnership project. COACHE collects and analyzes data under the highest research standards, using it to provide “comparative, actionable insights on what faculty need to do their best work” and then sharing these insights back with a “community of practice in academic affairs who are … committed to making academic leadership more adaptive and governance more strategic.”

 

How much did this survey cost?

The survey cost approximately $44,500 and was paid for by the Office of the President.  The cost breakdown is $35,000 (base fee) plus $7,500 (to include non-tenure track faculty in the survey) plus $1,500 (custom questions) plus $500 (five additional pass-through variables).

Why not just administer a survey ourselves and save the money?

Taking the time to develop and execute a robust survey about the faculty workplace would take months of staff and faculty time. In addition, the data yielded by such a survey would not be as powerful as that provided by the COACHE survey for a number of reasons. The COACHE survey has been used and tested many times, so the information it provides is statistically significant. COACHE also provides robust comparative data in its reporting and analytics including the option to self-select five peer comparison institutions. The COACHE reporting platform provides powerful diagnostics which are intuitive and professional. Most importantly, COACHE continues to work with partners for two years after data collection to interpret results, disseminate the findings, and develop policy solutions. The potential of this data to add value to the institution is large.

This is my last semester at UTA. Should I still fill out the survey?

Yes. Every full-time faculty member should fill out the survey. Your views about your experience at UTA are important.

I am having trouble opening the survey link. What should I do?

If clicking directly on the survey link in your email does not open the survey for you, you may find it easiest to simply copy and paste the link into the address bar of your web browser and then hit the "Enter" key on your keyboard.

Sometimes, problems may be caused by your browser's pop-up blocker. Although our survey is designed not to be hindered by the default settings of such pop-up blockers, the more stringent blockers have caused a problem like the one you are describing.

To temporarily disable your pop-up blocker, hold down the CTRL button as you click the link that begins the survey. If you are still having problems, disable your pop-up blocker in your browser's "Tools" menu, under "Pop-up Blocker" (if using Internet Explorer), or under "Options" (if using Firefox). If you are using a third-party pop-up blocker, such as Google Toolbar, you will have to temporarily disable that, too.

I had to stop in the middle of completing my survey. Do I have to restart the survey all over again?

You do not need to start the survey all over again. If you choose to suspend the survey to take a break, if your computer shuts down, or if you lose your Internet connection, you will be able to resume where you left off.

Simply log back in using the link you received in the email we sent you. You will be offered a link on the welcome page that lets you resume where you left off, or you may start your survey over by clicking the "Continue" button at the bottom of the welcome page. If you start over, you'll see that responses to the questions you've already answered have been preserved. To change a prior response, simply select a different answer choice before proceeding to the next screen.

Please be sure to complete your survey before the deadline listed above. After the close date, you will no longer have access to the survey.