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COACHE Faculty Climate Survey Report Now Available

In Fall 2014, the University of the Pacific partnered with the Collaborative On Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education to conduct a faculty climate survey in Spring 2015.  

Why did Pacific conduct this climate survey? Our faculty is at the core of the University and supporting faculty and staff development and engagement is one of the University's Institutional Priorities, as affirmed in Pacific 2020 and the Academic Plan. Pacific conducted this survey to identify areas for improvement and implement best practices to improve the workplace for our faculty. 

The survey asked full-time faculty members about their work lives and is organized into the follow important areas:

  • Research, teaching, service
  • Resources in support of faculty work
  • Benefits, compensation, and work/life balance
  • Interdisciplinary work and collaboration
  • Mentoring 
  • Tenure and promotion practices 
  • Leadership and governance
  • Departmental collegiality, quality, engagement
  • Appreciation and recognition

Pacific received COACHE's Provost's Report this fall. The Provost is sharing the Report in its entirety with the University as we begin a series of conversations across all three campuses to candidly discuss the survey results and to identify emerging priorities for Pacific to improve the quality of faculty work-life.

The first open conversation with the Provost is Tuesday, October 13, on the Stockton campus. The Provost then plans to meet with all faculty groups individually to discuss the report and prioritize next steps in creating a more dynamic, supportive environment for our faculty.

Conversation Schedule
October 13      12:00 - 1:00 p.m.     Conversation with the Provost (STK)
October 20      12:00 - 1:00 p.m.     Methodology Call with COACHE
October 27      12:00 - 1:00 p.m.     Unit conversation: COP
October 28        3:00 - 4:00 p.m.     NTT Task Force 
October 29      12:00 - 1:00 p.m.     Conversation with the Provost (SAC)
October 29      12:00 - 1:00 p.m.     Unit conversation: LAW
October 30      12:00 - 1:00 p.m.     Conversation with the Provost (SAC) 
October 30      12:00 - 1:00 p.m.     Unit conversation: LAW 
November 2      1:00 - 2:00 p.m.     Conversation with the Provost (SF)
November 2      1:00 - 2:00 p.m.     Unit Conversation: DEN
November 4      2:00 - 3:00 p.m.     Unit Conversation: EDU
November 5    12:00 - 1:00 p.m.     Unit Conversation: SoECS 
November 5      3:30 - 4:30 p.m.     Unit Conversation: PHS
November 6      1:00 - 2:00 p.m.     Unit Conversation: LIB
November 6      2:30 - 3:30 p.m.     Unit Conversation: MUS
November 6      3:45 - 4:45 p.m.     Unit Conversation: BUS 

Comments/questions/observations regarding the survey or results are welcome outside of these conversations. Please email the Provost's Office at or Berit Gundersen, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, at

Please provide your comments by November 16, 2015.  Conversations and comments will be de-identified, summarized and shared with the community December 1, 2015.

To view the Provost's Report in its entirety, please visit the COACHE Faculty Climate Survey SharePoint site here.