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Dartmouth Ranks High in Junior Faculty Satisfaction

Dartmouth has been recognized as one of the best places for junior faculty to work. In a recent survey conducted by the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE), Dartmouth was named exemplary in 6 out of 12 categories. For details about the report and to view all the categories, read the COACHE press release.

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Assistant Professor of Geography Xun Shi (left) with Caroline Burns '08 and Brian Schwartz '08. In a recent Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) survey of junior faculty job satisfaction, Dartmouth received exemplary status in categories relating to the nature of work (teaching and research), compensation, and overall global satisfaction.

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 exemplary status in 8 of the 12 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 exemplary 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 of Arts and Sciences 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 child care, maternity leave, housing, and research leave are considered every year by the Office of the Dean of the Faculty 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.

By SUSAN KNAPP

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Last Updated: 12/17/08