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Building the Foundations

Promising young scholars have a broad variety of options when deciding on where to begin their careers, and Dartmouth, according to a recent survey, is a particularly attractive choice. The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE), which conducts surveys designed to determine the quality of work life for junior faculty, recently ranked Dartmouth as "exemplary" in 6 out of 12 categories. Those categories include tenure practices, clarity, and reasonableness; effectiveness of key policies; overall nature of work; teaching; research and support services; work and family balance; compensation; culture and collegiality; and global satisfaction. Dartmouth received exemplary status in the categories relating to the nature of work (teaching and research), compensation, and overall global satisfaction.

"We work hard to support our junior faculty, professionally and personally, and to make Dartmouth a place that is rewarding for them," says Carol Folt, who in addition to serving as dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences is also the Dartmouth Professor of Biological Sciences. "And we don't intend to become complacent. In fact, we see the survey as being particularly helpful by identifying areas where we can continue to improve."

Numerous programs at Dartmouth are designed to support junior faculty. Whether it's helping them meet fellow faculty members, further developing teaching skills, promoting scholarly professional development, or introducing them to the distinctive northern New England environment, the College works hard to ensure that its newest teacher/scholars feel at home in the Dartmouth community.

Based at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, COACHE regularly gathers and analyzes data regarding academic recruitment and retention.

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Last Updated: 5/30/08