UPDATE: View the recording here and the webinar slides here

For our May webinar, we’re thrilled to talk with two researchers from UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) about survey data they have gathered on the faculty work experience, especially concerning the burden of professional service. There is no cost to attend.

WHEN: Thursday, May 26 | 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time | Register here to attend

As HERI puts it: “Your faculty are essential to the main educational mission at your institution. Given their importance, it is vital to monitor aspects of their experience.”

We’ll be talking with Ellen Bara Stolzenberg, Assistant Director of the Cooperative Institutional Research Program at HERI, and Jennifer Berdan, Research Analyst, about a variety of survey data that shed light on how faculty feel about their total job, which factors influence those feelings, and maybe some demographic trends within faculty responses. Interfolio’s Katherine Kelly, Ph.D, will host the discussion.

We’ll definitely address:

  • Faculty service commitments and responsibilities
  • Faculty scholarly productivity, such as research activity, publications, and exhibitions or performances
  • How various stressors and satisfaction measures can impact faculty’s experiences on campus

In addition, there will be a Q&A session in which you can ask your own questions about the data and patterns they’ve found!

Where did this data come from?

Every three academic years, HERI runs a survey of faculty members at academic institutions that choose to participate. This webinar’s data covers over 16,000 full-time undergraduate faculty at 269 four-year colleges and universities. 

They always ask a core set of questions that cover a variety of topics, and then they offer a set of optional “modules” that an institution can add, containing clusters of topical questions: the STEM module, the Academic Advising module, the Spirituality module, and so on. 

Affiliated with UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, HERI’s mission is “to inform educational policy and promote institutional improvement through an increased understanding of higher education and its impact on college students.” Beyond their research on faculty, HERI scholars conduct a variety of longitudinal studies on various groups and activities within higher education—in large part through the 50-year-old Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP), which runs the Freshman Survey, the Your First College Year Survey, the Diverse Learning Environments Survey, and the College Senior Survey.

Sound interesting? Watch the recording here and get the slides here!

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