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Module D: Attitudes and Opinions

Job Satisfaction Issues

Q D-1. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with each of the following aspects of your instructional duties at your current institution?

Please indicate your level of satisfaction in your current position with:
Very Satisfied Somewhat Satisfied Somewhat Dissatisfied Very Dissatisfied Not Applicable  
The authority you have to make decisions about content and methods in the courses you teach
Clear
The authority you have to make decisions about what courses you teach
Clear
The authority you have to make decisions about other (noninstructional) aspects of your job
Clear
Time available for working with students as an adviser, mentor, etc.
Clear
Time required for working with students as an adviser, mentor, etc.
Clear
Time available for class preparation
Clear
Quality of undergraduate students you have taught
Clear
Quality of graduate students you have taught
Clear

 

Q D-2. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the following aspects of your job at this institution?

Please indicate your level of satisfaction in your current position with:
Very Satisfied Somewhat Satisfied Somewhat Dissatisfied Very Dissatisfied Not Applicable  
Your workload
Clear
Your workload in relation to that of others in your academic community
Clear
Your colleagues, academic community
Clear
Your job security
Clear
Your opportunity for advancement in rank at this institution
Clear
Time available for keeping current in your field
Clear
The effectiveness of academic leadership at your institution (e.g., academic senate, faculty councils, etc.)
Clear
Spousal or partner benefits
Clear
Family support policies
Clear
Your involvement in the greater, nonacademic community
Clear
Your job, overall
Clear

 

Q D-3. If you were to leave your current position at this institution to accept another position inside or outside academia, how important would each of the following be in your decision?

Please indicate the importance you would give to the following considerations.
Not Important Somewhat Important Very Important Not Applicable  
Salary level
Clear
Tenure-track or tenured position
Clear
Job security
Clear
Opportunities for advancement
Clear
Benefits
Clear
Less pressure to publish
Clear
Good research facilities and equipment
Clear
Good instructional facilities and equipment
Clear
Good job or job opportunities for my spouse or partner
Clear
Good geographic location
Clear
Good environment, schools for my children
Clear
Greater opportunity to teach
Clear
Greater opportunity to do research
Clear
Departmental environment
Clear
Social network within department
Clear
Level of professional authority
Clear
More racially and ethnically heterogeneous student body
Clear
More racially and ethnically heterogeneous faculty in my department
Clear
Balance in gender of faculty
Clear
Importance of my field of research to department
Clear
Availability of faculty mentor
Clear

 

Q D-4. Of the factors listed in Question Q D-3, select the item that would be most important in your decision to leave.

Opinions

Q D-5. Please indicate the extent to which you agree or disagree with each of the following statements.

From your experience over the past ten years…
Strongly Disagree Disagree Agree Strongly Agree  
Teaching effectiveness should be the primary criterion for promotion of faculty and instructional staff at this institution
Clear
Research and publications should be the primary criterion for promotion of faculty and instructional staff at this institution
Clear
At this institution, research is rewarded more than teaching
Clear
Posttenure review of faculty members will improve the quality of higher education
Clear
This institution should have/continue to have a tenure system
Clear
Female faculty members are equitably compensated at this institution
Clear
Female faculty members are treated fairly at this institution
Clear
Faculty who indentify as members of racial or ethnic minorities are treated fairly at this institution
Clear
If I had it to do over again, I would still choose an academic career
Clear

 

Q D-6. Please indicate the extent to which you agree or disagree with each of the following statements.

From your experience over the past ten years…
Strongly Disagree Disagree Agree Strongly Agree  
It has been fairly easy for faculty members to obtain external funding
Clear
It has become more difficult for assistant professors to earn tenure and promotion
Clear
Faculty work load has remained the same today as it was ten years ago
Clear
Faculty members at all ranks feel increased pressure to publish
Clear
The time required for committee work has increased
Clear
Support for faculty travel, scholarship, and professional development has increased
Clear
The quality of undergraduate education has declined
Clear
The atmosphere is more conducive to free expression of ideas
Clear
The quality of research has increased
Clear
Too many tenure-track lines have been lost or converted to non-tenure-track teaching positions
Clear
Full-time faculty members have been replaced by part-time faculty members
Clear
Time required for all forms of service has increased
Clear
Women and minorities perform the same amount of service as white and male faculty members
Clear
I am or have been mentored or supported by my female colleagues
Clear
I am or have been mentored or supported by my male colleagues
Clear
My work has been adversely affected by acts of violence on campus directed at racial, gender, or sexual minorities
Clear
My authority has been adversely affected by acts of violence on campus directed at racial, gender, or sexual minorities
Clear
My field is highly valued in my department
Clear
My time to do research is protected
Clear
Institutional policies and resources reflect support for all forms of family structures, including same-sex families, transgender families, interracial families, immigrant families, and multigenerational families
Clear

 

Q D-8. What are your core scholarly and intellectual interests now, whether expressed through writing and publication or teaching?

 

Q D-9. What professional activities are most vitalizing and energizing for you? Are there other activities that would be helpful in support of your current professional interests?

 

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