WPI Awarded $1 Million to Build a More Equitable Faculty Promotion Process

December 10, 2018


“The ADVANCE grant work was sparked by the results of a Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) survey WPI conducted in 2014 and 2017 to quantify job satisfaction among faculty. Associate professors, and especially women, reported dissatisfaction with the associate-to-full promotion system. After analyzing both survey and focus group data, the ADVANCE team characterized the problem as a “foggy climate” that included ambiguity within the criteria, mixed messages about what is valued, and lack of clarity regarding whether and how faculty should be guided toward promotion.”



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