Faculty Climate Survey

Note: We are conducting a new Faculty Climate Survey April-May 2013, to compare with the results from 2008.  All full- and part-time faculty on both campuses have been invited to participate by individual an e-mail containing a personalized link.  Thank you!

Survey Results 2008

Summary reports:

School and detailed reports: (Kerberos login required)

Report Publication Date
Academic Institutes and Centers January 2008
Charles River Campus by Gender Within Rank May 2008
College of Arts and Sciences January 2008
College of Communication January 2008
College of Engineering January 2008
College of Fine Arts January 2008
College of General Studies January 2008
Medical Campus by Gender Within Rank March 2008
Medical Campus by Gender Within Type of Degree March 2008
Metropolitan College January 2008
Sargent College January 2008
School of Dental Medicine January 2008
School of Education January 2008
School of Law January 2008
School of Management January 2008
School of Medicine January 2008
School of Public Health January 2008
School of Social Work January 2008
School of Theology January 2008
University Professors Program January 2008

Frequently Asked Questions about the 2008 Survey

  1. Who is conducting this survey, and why?
    The Faculty Climate Survey is a survey that was initiated by the Council on Faculty Diversity and Inclusion (CFDI). It is a university wide survey about faculty work life. The purpose of the survey is to help us examine a number of issues concerning the quality of faculty life at Boston University and to provide a benchmark against which to measure progress going forward. The survey asks about the work you do and how well it is supported, the climate of your department, and the ways in which life outside of BU meshes with your faculty responsibilities. The response will inform policies and practices both university-wide and at the school level.
  2. Why is the survey instrument coming from MIT?
    Boston University has contracted with the Web Survey Service at MIT to administer the survey. This service has run similar surveys for many universities, including Harvard, Washington University, and Duke. Having a third party administer the survey helps to ensure that the responses are confidential. Using a standard survey, with modifications for BU, allows us to compare the climate at our institution with others, where faculty have answered many of the same questions.
  3. Are my responses really confidential?
    No one at Boston University will see any survey responses with individual identifiers attached. Once the survey is completed, the survey data will be stripped of personal identifiers and will be transmitted from MIT to BU as an encrypted file. At BU, the data will reside on a secure server. Access to the data will be limited to a small number of Institutional Research employees and network operations personnel. The Web Survey Service at MIT will then destroy all BU participant information and survey data.
  4. Who will see the responses, and in what detail?
    Only responses from groups with at least five faculty members will be collated. These aggregated responses will be discussed at the school and college level by the University administration and the Council on Faculty Diversity and Inclusion (CFDI), and the overall findings will be shared with the faculty. The CFDI plans to make a report of the aggregate survey results available on the web for viewing by all faculty by the end of the fall semester. You can see the type of aggregate data we expect to make available by examining MIT’s report of their own survey. Note that MIT’s report includes some additional questions that were specific to their school, but the majority of the survey is the same as the one that is being provided to BU faculty.
  5. Open ended comments: Many faculty members appreciate the opportunity to make narrative comments about their perceptions and experiences at Boston University. You have this opportunity at the end of the survey. Once again, no comments will be shared unless they are in the context of a group of faculty that includes at least 5 respondents. These responses are not linked in any way to your other responses on the survey, or to individual identifiers. Since these comments are extremely valuable feedback about the successes and challenges facing faculty within our academic units, you are strongly encouraged to provide this feedback.
  6. Can I change my answers?
    Yes, you can go back and change any responses up until the time the survey officially closes. You will be sent a notice one week before the survey will close. Just go back to your original personalized link to re-enter the survey, or use this link to request retransmission of your personalized e-mail. Your responses will be updated when you hit the “next” button after changing them.