UCSF 2017 Faculty Climate Survey Results:

Some Improvements, but More Challenges

Background: The 2017 UCSF Faculty Climate Survey was a follow-up to the 2011 and 2001 surveys conducted by the same independent opinion research firm. Based on the results of the original (2001) survey, 10 recommendations were endorsed by former Chancellor Bishop. The first was the formation of the Campus Council on Faculty Life (CCFL), which was specifically charged with addressing the other nine recommendations as well as the broader charge of improving faculty life at UCSF. Since then, the CCFL, other UCSF committees and organizations, and the UCSF campus leadership have been enacting new programs, policies, and initiatives to improve the quality of the faculty’s academic and professional experience at UCSF, and to support faculty in their career advancement and personal life. Notable improvements were revealed when comparing the 2011 survey results with the 2001 results.

The 2017 survey results indicate that overall, three-quarters of the faculty continue to express general satisfaction with their careers at UCSF. Intellectual stimulation, opportunities for collaboration and interactions with others especially contribute to satisfaction. However the 2017 survey also indicates that much of the progress in improving the climate for women and others that was evident between the 2001 and 2011 surveys appears to have stalled and in some cases worsened. Additionally, as the cost of living continues to rise in the Bay Area, the faculty perception of inadequate compensation, along with concerns about difficult commutes, are recurring themes in the survey results.

The full 2017 Faculty Climate Survey Report, as well as previous reports and action plans, are available here.

In January 2018 EVCP Dan Lowenstein announced that he had asked Vice Provost Brian Alldredge to convene and chair a Faculty Climate Task Force with broad representation to look at the issues raised in the survey. The charge of the Task Force will be to:

  • review the survey report and propose any further analyses or data gathering that might be appropriate;
  • seek input from appropriate campus units (committees, organizations, offices) and individuals;
  • identify efforts that may already be underway to address issues of concern identified in the survey;
  • identify, by priority, problems that need to be addressed; and
  • recommend specific actions.

The Task Force will be expected to submit an Action Plan to Chancellor Hawgood and EVCP Lowenstein for review by April 2019.

Task force members can be found here.