The core component of COACHE membership is participation in the Survey of Tenure-Track Faculty Job Satisfaction, designed to measure those components identified as the key determinants in faculty satisfaction with their workplaces.
The survey dimensions are grouped into the following themes:
I. Tenure (Clarity, Reasonableness)
II. Nature of the Work (Research, Teaching, Service, Support)
III. Policies & Practices (Importance, Effectiveness)
IV. Climate, Culture, Collegiality
V. Global Satisfaction
Survey population: Pre-tenure faculty
An important purpose of COACHE is to learn what tenure-track faculty have to say. The concerns of pre-tenure faculty differ from those of their senior colleagues and they have fewer opportunities to express their views candidly and confidentially. In broader surveys, the voices of pre-tenure faculty are lost, and institutions are no better informed to improve the quality of work/life for the next generation of teacher-scholars--especially unfortunate because individual commitment to career and to employer is forged in these early years. In addition, the experiences of COACHE institutions suggest that improving the work/life of pre-tenure faculty in fact benefits all faculty, as well.*
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