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Dartmouth ranks high in junior faculty satisfaction

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 12/06/07 • Susan Knapp • (603) 646-3661

Dartmouth has been recognized as one of the best places to work for junior faculty. In a recent survey conducted by the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE), Dartmouth was named exemplary in six out of twelve categories. For details about the report and to view all the categories, read the COACHE press release.

The categories included 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. Numerous questions in each category were assessed on a one-to-five scale to establish levels of satisfaction.

Of those with higher rankings, Brown University and Stanford University earned exemplar status in eight of the twelve categories, while Duke University was exemplary in seven. Nearly 7,000 faculty members from 78 institutions contributed to the survey, and 38 institutions were named an exemplar in at least one category.

"I'm pleased with the COACHE survey outcomes. We work hard to support our junior faculty, professionally and personally, and to make Dartmouth a place that is rewarding for them in both areas," says Dean of the Faculty Carol Folt. "However, 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."

Dartmouth's exemplary status was found in the categories relating to the nature of work (teaching and research), compensation, and overall global satisfaction. Numerous programs at Dartmouth, both informal and organized, target junior faculty to meet fellow faculty members, to further develop their teaching skills, to introduce them to the offerings of northern New England, and to promote strong professional development in their scholarly areas.  Initiatives to further strengthen support for childcare, maternity leave, housing, and research leaves are considered every year by the Dean of Faculty office and the Committee of the Faculty.

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

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