Recognizing Faculty with Disabilities: Data and Considerations from the Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey [Infographic]

COACHE’s Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey provides academic affairs leaders with valuable information on their faculty’s experience in the workplace. The insights gained through the customized, adaptive report helps senior leaders identify areas of improvement and take meaningful action.

The survey provides insights into a number of themes, but over the past two years, COACHE has incorporated a new set of questions related to disability status:

  1. Have you been diagnosed with a disability?
  2. What type of disability?
  3. To whom at the institution have you disclosed this disability?

Of the 2019 and 2020 cohort of faculty who participated in the survey, 1,511 (5%) reported having a diagnosed disability. For the purpose of this study, disabilities were further broken down into four categories: Sensory, motor, learning, or cognitive and mental health. Respondents had the option to choose one or more disabilities if they answered yes to the first question.

The results of the disability type drilldown were as follows:

  • Sensory impairment –18%
  • Mobility impairment –24%
  • Learning disability –18%
  • Mental health disorder –23%

The final question regarding disclosure is what proved to be the most interesting. There was a clear divide between the attitudes of faculty who did disclose their disability status to a colleague, department chair or disability services office and those who did not.

Review our infographic below to understand how attitudes and disclosure differ across types of disabilities and how administration can create inclusive policies to address these key insights. Click here for an accessible version of the document

Recognizing Faculty with Disabilities - Infographic