By: Leslie Cramblet Alvarez, Director of the Office of Teaching and Learning; and Richard Colby, Director of the University Writing Program and Teaching Professor of Writing
You may have heard that the COACHE faculty satisfaction survey is launching again at DU. We know it can feel like faculty are constantly being asked to share their opinion, with varying degrees of change as a result. As co-chairs of the Teaching Excellence Task Force, we ask you to consider taking the time.
While COACHE asks questions on a variety of faculty experiences, feedback from the 2019 survey laid the foundation for meaningful support programs at DU that have benefited faculty across rank and series. Next to compensation and benefits, pain points related to teaching were the second most common theme in the 2019 findings. These findings paved the way for support through the pandemic-era Investing in Faculty: Supporting Teaching Enhancements, the R1 our Way teaching focused initiatives, and the Teaching Excellence initiatives currently underway as part of the Advancing Equity in Faculty Workload and Rewards project. Moreover, COACHE and our internal surveys help inform OTL programming and initiatives.
As co-chairs of the Teaching Excellence Task Force, we understand the power of faculty voice in making structural change. Please be sure your voice is heard and take the time to share your experiences.