LSU Fields First Major Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey

Faculty voices at center of LSU partnership with the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education

BATON ROUGE- This spring, LSU faculty can share their views with university leadership and peers by participating in the first-ever major faculty job satisfaction survey conducted on campus. Coordinated through the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) is a national effort to help universities gauge overall faculty satisfaction, benchmarked to peer institutions.

The survey will launch the week of Feb. 8 and will remain open until Monday, April 12. All eligible faculty members will receive an email from COACHE inviting them to participate.

“Participation in the survey will allow LSU to identify and collectively address areas of concern, ensuring that LSU faculty members are valued and that our institutional priorities align with faculty needs,” said Dr. Stacia Haynie, LSU’s executive vice president and provost.

Beyond the power of the instrument, working with COACHE is an important opportunity for the LSU community. The COACHE team brings experience to this partnership, ensuring the process is rigorous and most importantly, that faculty voices are represented. The National Science Foundation awarded LSU a $299,996 grant to support this effort.

“COACHE is a one-of-a-kind instrument, created for faculty by faculty.  This instrument will allow us to hear from faculty about their experiences and compare those experiences with faculty at peer institutions. That makes this process extremely powerful, giving our campus a unique opportunity to use data-driven approaches to understand and develop new interventions to support faculty in the work that they do,” said Dr. Zakiya Wilson-Kennedy, LSU College of Science assistant dean for diversity and inclusion.

Dr. Wilson-Kennedy joins faculty, representing a variety of disciplines, and campus leadership on the Core Committee, which is charged with coordinating and implementing the survey on campus.  Once data are released by COACHE in fall 2021, the committee will tackle review and analysis, making results available to the LSU community.

Additional details regarding the survey can be found on the COACHE website: