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How One University is Creating Sustainable Faculty/Administrator Working Groups

by Todd Benson

Recently I had the chance to speak with Berit Gundersen at the University of the Pacific. As the Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, Gundersen lead the initiative to bring the COACHE Faculty Job Satisfaction survey to the University of the Pacific in 2014. In our discussion, she mentioned that even years later, faculty and administrators are discussing the results - even during a dinner at the President’s home this past spring. It made me wonder what aspects of their approach...

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2017 Year in Review: COACHE Reflects on a Year of Transformation

 

The 2016-17 academic year was a time of exponential growth here at the Collaborative. We welcomed our largest and most diverse cohort of Faculty Job Satisfaction partners to-date with over 60 institutions -- public and private, two- and four-year -- joining our ranks. After a successful pilot, we nationally launched the the first ever multi-institutional study of faculty retention and exit to 12 institutions in the spring and 22 in the fall. And to complement our survey offerings, we adapted our...

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Liberal Arts Colleges and COACHE: Big Impact on a Small Scale

by Kiernan Mathews

For most of COACHE’s 13 years in existence, research universities have dominated the roster of our institutional partners. Their sheer numbers of faculty are a quantitative researcher’s dream!

However, a quiet but sizable minority of liberal arts colleges have consistently relied on the Collaborative’s surveys, analysis, and leadership coaching. Over time, I have been so encouraged by the efforts of their presidents and deans to create the conditions in which faculty do their best work.... Read more about Liberal Arts Colleges and COACHE: Big Impact on a Small Scale

A New COACHE Benefit: Leadership Development in the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education

by Kiernan Mathews

I am pleased to make this special announcement about a Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) collaboration that many of friends at member institutions have noted is long overdue.

Starting this year, two of HGSE's most trusted names--COACHE and the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education (HIHE)--are working together to provide more and better leadership development options to the...

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Post-tenure Review from a Growth Mindset

by Kiernan Mathews

I recently fielded a question from a COACHE partner who wanted to know about institutions doing good work in annual appraisal processes that makes real distinctions in faculty performance. There are effective, developmental, faculty-driven approaches, and COACHE data can be deployed to identify them. At our project, however, we start with frameworks—the four lenses of Reframing Organizations...

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Where the Faculty Affairs Things Are: Conferences and Convenings

by Kiernan Mathews

Every so often in my work at COACHE, I meet a brand-new vice provost or associate dean responsible for faculty affairs (or faculty development, or faculty excellence, or so on) at his or her university. Nine times out of ten, these are faculty who demonstrated their leadership as department chairs or on important university-wide committees and now find themselves as academic administrators without a community of peers on campus. It can be a difficult transition. Where do they turn to...

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