Brown University Faculty Climate Survey: Summary Report Prepared for ADVANCE at Brown
The ADVANCE Program at Brown University commissioned the Brown University Faculty Climate Survey in the spring of 2010. The purpose of this survey was to examine the quality of the environment for faculty at Brown University. More specifically, ADVANCE at Brown sought to evaluate the experiences of women and men faculty members in both the STEM and non-STEM fields on a variety of topics. These topics included: (1) general work environment and climate, (2) perceptions of tenure and promotion, (3) mentoring, and (4) work-family balance. This report summarizes the results of the survey pertaining to these topics of interest to ADVANCE at Brown.
Satisfaction among Junior STEM and Non-STEM Faculty at Brown University: Comparisons of 2006 and 2008 COACHE Reports
First collected in 2006, the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) Survey captured tenure-track faculty members' understandings of tenure and promotion practices and policies, satisfaction with research and teaching opportunities, and experiences of campus culture and collegiality. The following highlight additional analyses comparing the experiences of STEM and non-STEM faculty over time (from 2006 to 2008) as well as comparing levels of satisfaction with other NSF ADVANCE institutions.
Space Allocation Study
The MIT Report on Women Faculty in Science (1999) highlighted the "hidden" sources of gender bias in academia. One such "hidden" source of inequality experienced by women faculty in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is office and lab space allocation. According to the report, the availability of adequate space – in terms of both quantity and quality – has the ability to affect researchers' productivity and the quality of work life. As part of the requirements of the NSF ADVANCE grant, this report examines the gender distribution of space for faculty members in the STEM fields at Brown University during fiscal year 2010.
Faculty Mentoring Programs Survey
Summary results of evaluations for 2010-11 participants of the One-to-One Faculty Mentoring Program and peer-mentoring groups.
STEM Women Full Professor Focus Group: Summary Results
Dr. Carrie Spearin of the Sociology Department conducted this focus group to examine STEM women full professors’ views on pursuing leadership opportunities and to identify needed support for faculty to assume such roles.
Faculty Mentoring Programs
One-to-One Faculty Development Program: Evaluation Summary. Our internal evaluator, Dr. Carrie E. Spearin, surveyed 2009-10 participants of the One-to-One Mentoring program in spring 2010. The survey provides feedback on resources, the mentoring process, and participant experience within these paired relationships. This report provides key findings from those evaluations.
Peer-Mentoring Groups: Evaluation Summary. Participants of 2009-10 peer-mentoring groups were surveyed in spring 2010 by Dr. Carrie E. Spearin. The survey offers feedback on the structure and perceived benefits of the group meetings, as well as information regarding suggestions for the future. This report provides key findings from those evaluations.
Leadership Programs for Women Scientists
Becoming Leaders: Current Needs of Brown STEM Women Associate Professors. Internal evaluator, Dr. Carrie E. Spearin, presents the results of the STEM women associate professor focus group to the ADVANCE steering committee.
STEM Women Associate Professor Focus Group: Summary Results. The general purpose of the focus group was to gather information from STEM women associate professors regarding their opinions on pursuing leadership positions within the University and determining their needs to attain such positions in the future. Additionally, the group discussed two specific ADVANCE initiatives: (1) the Administrator Shadowing Program, and (2) the Leadership Support Fund. ADVANCE at Brown has received no applications for either program since the release of the call for proposals in fall 2008.
Faculty Perceptions of Institutional Climate & Advancement Opportunities These findings come from the survey distributed in Fall 2008 by the ADVANCE Program. ADVANCE’s external evaluator, Group Dimensions International, developed the instrument and analyzed the results. The survey was administered to tenured and tenure-track faculty in the biological, life, and physical sciences and explored perceptions of women and men at the beginning of the Program’s escalating presence on campus (a “pre-test”).
Investing in Leadership Potential and Faculty Opportunities at Brown University
Our original proposal provides the framework of our program initiatives as well as quantitative data on which our outreach strategy was derived.