Faculty Climate Survey 2013

    Faculty Climate Survey in the news

    The periodic administration of a University wide Faculty Climate Survey (FCS) was one of the major recommendations of the 2005-06 Task Forces on Women. The University’s first FCS was conducted in 2007 and the second was conducted in the 2012-2013 academic year.

    The survey was designed to provide insights into the working environment for faculty, both in an absolute sense and relative to colleagues at peer institutions. Major sections of the survey focused on satisfaction, atmosphere, tenure, mentoring, and work/life balance. Seventy-two percent of faculty participated.

    The survey identified major stresses for faculty, as a necessary first step in the development of policies and practices to address them. The results of Harvard’s first Faculty Climate Survey were the driving force behind many policy and practice changes that have occurred during the past seven years, especially in the domains of faculty mentoring, childcare, and parental leave.

    The FCS survey instrument was developed as a collaborative effort coordinated by the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity and involving the Office of Institutional Research and a broad range of faculty from across the University with review by the Deans and the leadership teams of each School. Some questions are tailored specifically to Harvard; others were written in collaboration with peer institutions.


    For the purposes of confidentiality, all University-wide results have been aggregated and only responses from groups with at least five faculty members are presented.

    Overall satisfaction at Harvard and Peer Universities
    Most Harvard ladder faculty report high levels of global satisfaction
    Areas of high and low satisfaction at Harvard
    Changes at Harvard since 2007
    School/Department Atmosphere
    Notable improvements at Harvard since 2007
    Among Professors at both Harvard and Peer Universities some, but not all, aspects of atmosphere differ by gender
    Among Assistant and Associate Professors at Harvard there are no gender differences in atmosphere
    Perspectives on climate and recruitment efforts for women vary significantly at Harvard by gender
    Women at Harvard and Peer Universities are more likely to agree with negative aspects of the climate than men
    Perspectives on the climate for minority faculty vary significantly at Harvard by race/ethnicity

    More URM faculty then non-URM faculty at Harvard and Peer Universities feel that they have to work harder

    Almost two-thirds of Assistant and Associate Professors at Harvard now have a formal mentor
    Changes in mentoring at Harvard since 2007
    Life Outside of Work
    Family structure for Harvard faculty by rank and gender
    Wide gender gaps in time spent on household duties for Harvard faculty (esp. Assistant and Associate Professors) with children
    Women at Harvard report higher stress with child-related issues and eldercare than men at Harvard
    Use of childcare for Harvard faculty with young children has increased since 2007