Creation and Administration

Over the course of the 2008 academic year, the Survey Group developed a comprehensive career-life survey focusing on gender issues in STEM. The team reviewed climate surveys previously developed and administered at other NSF ADVANCE institutions, primarily the survey developed at the University of Michigan and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The survey titled the “RIT Faculty Career Life Survey” was administered at RIT in the fall of 2009. Questions from these surveys were adapted to meet the specific needs of the RIT environment. Additional questions were composed based on existing RIT culture and background. The survey was structured around four primary areas:

  • Teaching, Resources, and Service
  • Career Satisfaction, Work Load, Recognition
  • Climate, Mentoring, Tenure, Promotion
  • Balancing Personal and Professional Life

Four individuals with experience in assessment and evaluation, but not involved in this study as investigators or survey participants, tested the final survey instrument in a paper format for clarity of questions and categories, formatting and time requirements. Minor updates were made based on their feedback.