Ensuring that faculty can thrive and succeed is imperative to university leaders. In an effort to assess the faculty experience, RIT partners with the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education to administer a faculty job satisfaction survey every three years.

The COACHE survey assesses faculty members’ experiences and views in regards to several important areas of their professional lives:

  • Research, teaching, service
  • Resources in support of faculty work
  • Benefits, compensation, and work/life
  • Interdisciplinary work and collaboration
  • Mentoring
  • Tenure and promotion practices
  • Leadership and governance
  • Departmental collegiality, quality, engagement
  • Appreciation and recognition

COACHE is a research initiative that gathers benchmarking data on best practices for faculty recruitment and retention. More information is available on the Harvard Graduate School of Education's COACHE website.

2019 COACHE Survey

RIT’s faculty completed a Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey in 2019. The findings will be made available in the Provost’s Summary Report in the 2020-2021 academic year.

Afterward, members of the RIT community will discuss the findings in a series of meetings. If you have any questions about the 2019 Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey, please contact Maureen Valentine, interim chair of the Department of Civil Engineering Technology, Environmental Management and Safety in the College of Engineering Technology, at, or Carmala Garzione, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, at

2016 COACHE Survey

The second COACHE survey resulted in a 51% total response rate. The Provost’s Report 2016 presents RIT’s survey results. Areas of strength included the nature of work related to service; governance (shared sense of purpose, understanding, adaptability, productivity and trust); senior leadership; personal and family policies; and health and retirement benefits. Areas of concern were collaboration, tenure and promotion clarity, and departmental engagement and quality. 

2013 COACHE Survey

The inaugural COACHE survey response rate among RIT’s tenure-track faculty was 59%, which exceeded that of the total COACHE cohort (50%). RIT’s non-tenure track response rate was 46%, matching the total cohort response rate in that category at the 11 other participating institutions. Results of the survey noted areas of concern related to promotion and tenure policy clarity, post-tenure mentoring, and faculty appreciation and recognition. Survey results are available on the right sidebar.