How do we compare to our peer/cohort
Response options ranged from 1-5 where 5 is the most favorable. The functional range of responses for the 103 schools in the cohort was approximately 2.9-3.65. DU scored a 3.18/5, which was in the bottom third of the cohort. Though pre-tenured faculty reported higher satisfaction with their level of service (and commensurate with the middle group, faculty who identified as women, associate level faculty and most especially faculty of color identified especially low satisfaction with their level of service relative to the cohort.
Survey terms that relate to this category include
Q60. Please rate your level of satisfaction or dissatisfaction with the following:
- The number of committees on which you serve
- The attractiveness (e.g., value, visibility, importance, personal preference) of the committees on which you serve
- The discretion you have to choose the committees on which you serve
- How equitably committee assignments are distributed across faculty in your department
- The number of students you advise/mentor (including oversight of independent study, research projects, internships, study abroad)
- How equitably additional service work is compensated in your department
- The relevance of the committees on which you currently serve
- The support your institution has offered you to be a good advisor to students
- How equitably advising responsibilities are distributed across faculty in your department
What is currently happening
This is a key concern of the Faculty Senate and the Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs. It was addressed at the summer symposium in relation to chair/director/academic leader workload and all symposium working groups were given information about research on faculty workload and equity more broadly.
National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity
In September 2019, with Impact 2025 funding, DU began a National Center for Faculty Development And Diversity Institutional membership which offers all faculty individual memberships. These asynchronous resources offer faculty training in saying no and faculty thriving in ways that connect to faculty workload and service responsibilities.
How You Login to NCFDD (National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity):
- Go to www.facultydiversity.org/dashboard
- Click the white outlined box that says “Become a member”
- Select University of Denver as your institution in the first pop-up window.
- A new window will appear, when it does, select the orange box that says “Activate My Membership”
- Add your account information. (Name, Email, and Password are mandatory)
- Add your Personal & Professional Information.
- Lastly, Review the information that you input. You will now be able to sign in with the credentials that you just created!
*If you already have an account, then you will navigate to the top right of the page where it says “Sign In”; you will put in your email and password.
What Is Next
The VPFA will be looking at faculty workload in AY 20-21 in collaboration with academic leaders and the faculty.