What is the FIU Faculty Climate Survey?
      In 2010, the FIU Faculty Climate Survey was conducted to establish an accurate and comprehensive picture of the professional needs, priorities, interests, and activities of our faculty. This survey represents the first internal effort to collect faculty views about their career progress and environment at FIU. The information gathered through this survey was intended to inform the leadership at FIU about the faculty’s needs and satisfaction regarding various aspects of their jobs, including salary, mentoring opportunities, departmental dynamics, etc., and to be used to improve the institutional climate for faculty. Future Faculty Climate Surveys will be conducted every two years and the results will be compared against this first study to monitor the effectiveness of new initiatives and approaches to improve faculty life and work at FIU.

Who conducted the FIU Faculty Climate Survey?
    The FIU Faculty Climate Survey was created by a team of FIU faculty from across various colleges, including Dr. Suzanna Rose, Dr. Asia Eaton, Dr. Gisela Casines, Dr. Yesim Darici, Dr. Rosemary Hickey-Vargas, Dr. Juan Lopez, and Dr. Gautam Sen.These faculty members sought to capture a full and unbiased evaluation of faculty welfare and experiences at FIU to be used to improve the climate for FIU faculty. Please contact Dr. Asia Eaton (aeaton@fiu.edu) if you have questions regarding the survey.

How was the FIU Faculty Climate Survey administered?
     The 2010 FIU Faculty Climate Survey was administered in the spring of 2010 to all full-time and part-time faculty in the participating schools. The survey was constructed based on climate surveys from the University of Chicago, Stanford, City University of New York, University of Illinois at Chicago, CSU Pomona, the University of Michigan, and others, and was modified several times based on feedback from Deans and the Climate Survey Team. Faculty members were asked about their needs, attitudes, and satisfaction levels regarding various aspects of their jobs (e.g., their salary, professional mentoring, access to information at FIU, beliefs about hiring and promotion), and their experiences of the climate and environment at FIU (e.g., departmental dynamics, experiences of harassment and/or discrimination, experiences with the administration). Faculty members’ responses on this survey were not associated with their identity, thus, no faculty member’s name or identity can be tied to their personal responses and/or remarks.

Participating Colleges and Schools in 2010 included:

  • The College of Architecture + The Arts (CARTA)
  • The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)
  • The College of Business Administration (CBA)
  • The College of Engineering and Computing (CEC)
  • The Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work
  • The School of Hospitality and Tourism Management

What are the results of the 2010 FIU Faculty Climate Survey?
    Reports of the results from the 2010 FIU Faculty Climate Survey can be found in the links below. The first link is to a report containing the composite results from all participating schools and colleges. This report describes the overall study in detail. The following links are to short result profiles of the individual schools and colleges who participated in 2010. As a reminder, all survey data was completely anonymous- participants’ responses were never associated with their names or any other identifying information. Also, while the anonymous written responses from participants proved to be extremely informative and useful for administration, they are not included in the final reports posted here.

LINK: COMPOSITE Results of the Faculty Climate Survey 2010: Results from All Participating Schools

LINK: CARTA Faculty Climate Survey 2010

LINK: CAS Faculty Climate Survey 2010

LINK: CBA Faculty Climate Survey 2010

LINK: CEC Faculty Climate Survey 2010

LINK: School of Hospitality and Tourism Management Faculty Climate Survey 2010

LINK: College of Public Health and Social Work Climate Survey 2010

   On average, FIU faculty from the participating schools and colleges reported being "slightly satisfied" with their positions at FIU and with the way their career has progressed at FIU. Faculty rated the size of their workloads in various areas, from teaching to research to committee work, as all being between "about right" and "high." More than half of all faculty members (58.1%) reported that they had considered leaving FIU in the last year.

Areas of particular satisfaction for faculty members across schools and colleges included:

  • department-level recognition and appreciation for research, scholarship, creative output
  • department-level recognition and appreciation for faculty teaching
  • department-level recognition and appreciation for faculty mentoring
  • having the opportunity to serve on important committees
  • feeling respected by the faculty, students, and Chair in one's department
  • feeling that one “fits” within his or her department

Areas of particular dissatisfaction for faculty members across schools and colleges included:

  • faculty salary
  • faculty salary in relation to equivalent departmental colleagues
  • opportunities for receiving mentorship
  • college-level recognition for teaching and mentoring