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Enhancing the academic careers of women in science, technology, engineering, & mathematics

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Academic Work Environment Surveys

2007 Academic Work Environment Survey


The follow-up 2007 Academic Work Environment Survey has been distributed to all faculty in September 2007.

Click here to download a PDF version of the survey


2004 Academic Work Environment Survey

The data collection component of the ADVANCE project includes focus group information, interviews, and basic URI human resource statistics, as well as an Academic Work Environment Survey. The first survey was distributed to all URI faculty in May 2004. This survey was created based on other ADVANCEinstitutions’ surveys and our own goals. The survey will serve several purposes:

  • provide valuable information to all URI faculty and the opportunity for them to voice their concerns,
  • provide necessary information concerning diversity now frequently required by funding agencies,
  • provide a tool to help departments promote equity, diversity, retention, and overall worker satisfaction, and
  • provide the foundation for change efforts by ADVANCE where they are needed.

In addition, by joining the efforts of other ADVANCE institutions, we are directly contributing to a collaborative national effort to understand faculty work environments.

The survey includes sections on professional employment, tenure clock decisions, available resources and initial start-up package negotiations, teaching and/or student contact, service and leadership, formal recognition, career satisfaction, productivity, mentoring, work environment, work relationships, perceptions about discrimination, partner information, and balancing of career and personal life.

The final part of the 2004 survey is an assessment device to determine how ready individuals are to engage in changes that would promote the careers of women faculty. We will use this information to plan our intervention strategies employed in our workshops and other contacts with departments.


Surveys were returned by 275 faculty, representing approximately a 38% return rate.

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