Quality of Life Survey Follow-Up Study of Underrepresented Minority Faculty at Stanford University
Report #1: Recognition and Collegiality (May 2013)
(Executive Summary 1.2 MB)
This is the first of two reports on the follow-up study to the 2008 Quality of Life Survey at Stanford. The study interviewed 52 under-represented minority faculty with respect to their satisfaction with the academic environment. The first report focuses on two areas: recognition and collegiality. The executive summary includes the study background, methodology, key findings, and recommendations.
Report #2: Mentoring and Voice in Decision-Making (May 2014)
(Executive Summary 394 KB)
This is the second of two reports on the follow-up study to the 2008 Quality of Life Survey at Stanford. This report focuses on two areas: mentoring and voice in decision-making. The executive summary includes the study background, methodology, key findings, and recommendations.
Report on the Quality of Life of Stanford Faculty (January 2010)
(Full Report 5.0 MB)
This report from the Panel on Faculty Equity and Quality of Life, published in January 2010, presents findings from the second Stanford Faculty Quality of Life Survey, conducted in November 2008. This survey followed up on an earlier survey conducted in 2003 (see PACSWF Report, below) and included questions allowing for comparisons with survey findings of several peer institutions. The 2008 survey included questions about satisfaction with being a faculty member, perceptions of workplace climate and reasonableness of workload, and satisfaction with life beyond work. The report also contains recommendations for follow-up by the university on faculty quality of life issues.
Childcare Needs Assessment
(Full Report 1.6 MB)
This survey was conducted in May 2007 with the goal of obtaining detailed perspectives of current faculty with children age 5 and younger on their child care experiences, needs, and priorities.
The goal of the Pipeline Project, part of the Stanford Campus Diversity Initiative funded by a grant from the James W. Irvine Foundation, is to analyze the factors that affect academic career choices, particularly of underrepresented minorities and women, with the goal of increasing faculty diversity.
Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE)
The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE), based at Harvard University, is a joint initiative to improve the quality of tenure-track faculty work life. In fall 2005, Stanford University participated in the COACHE survey and received a custom profile of its results. The full report on the Tenure-Track Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey, Institutional Report: Stanford University 2005–2006 can be downloaded here. Specific sections are also available.
The survey, organized around five themes: ( 1) tenure, (2) nature of work, (3) policies and practices, (4) climate culture, and collegiality; and (5) global satisfaction, provides an institutional profile by which our institution received ratings within each cluster.
A three-year study comparing women and men faculty members at Stanford shows no significant gender differences for the university as a whole in measures of overall satisfaction or in non-salary compensation and support in most parts of the university. The study was published May 27, 2004. It was conducted by the Provost’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women Faculty, chaired by Deborah Rhode, the Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law.