Collaborative On Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE)

Kent State University has participated in the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey since 2015. This survey is part of a national program and research initiative operating from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, which represents a collective of institutions committed to collecting the data necessary to recruit, retain, and enhance the work experiences of faculty. Other climate studies conducted at Kent State have focused on all faculty, students and staff. COACHE, however, is distinctive to the work of faculty which allows it to dive deeper into the issues that matter most to faculty. Support for teaching, research and service, shared governance, and appreciation and recognition for work are just some of the topics covered in the instrument.

The events of the past year and a half or so have required a focus on managing immediate challenges but we remain committed to faculty job satisfaction. We value faculty input and use it to focus and advise efforts to ensure Kent State is a great place to learn, work and thrive.

Currently, the Accreditation, Assessment and Learning Office (AAL) is collaborating with the Kent State COACHE Advisory Group and others across the University to engage in a spring 2022 administration of the survey, which again welcomes all full-time faculty to participate. Any questions about the COACHE survey or process can be directed to assessment@kent.edu.

COACHE 2022 Advisory Group Members

N.J. Akbar – Associate Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Ginger Bihn-Coss – Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
Ed Dauterich – Professor, English
Pam Grimm – Professor and Faculty Senate Chair
Shannon Helfinstine – Associate Director, Assessment, AAL
Jenny Marcinkiewicz – Associate Professor and Director, Center for Teaching and Learning
Mandy Munro-Stasiuk – Professor and Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Susan Perry – Assistant Provost, Accreditation, Assessment and Learning
Linnea Stafford - Senior Institutional Research Information Officer
Sean Veney – Associate Professor, Biology
Kevin West – Associate Provost, Faculty Affairs
Nicole Willey – Professor, English

2022 Highlights: coming in Fall 2022

The results of our 2015 COACHE survey showed that associate professors wanted more access to mentoring, and we responded by creating an institutional mentoring and coaching program focused specifically on associate professors. After 2018, this initiative was broadened to pre-tenure and non-tenure track faculty and included career coaching and a series of faculty success workshops, sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Center for Teaching and Learning. Additionally, all academic leadership has undergone training to help them better understand issues such as unconscious bias and how that can play into faculty success.