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Survey of Faculty on Workplace Climate and Career/Life Issues

All of your responses will be kept strictly confidential. You may withdraw from the survey at any time or skip any questions that you do not wish to answer

We ask a number of questions about your demography, family status, and career situation to help assure that the UC Berkeley campus is supportive of and responsive to the needs of all employees. Please skip any questions that make you feel uncomfortable or that you find overly intrusive.

You may, at any time, save your responses (by clicking one of the save buttons).

When you have finished the survey, please click the submit button (located at the very end of the survey).

A. Faculty Status and Demography

1. What is your current faculty rank?

2. Do you currently serve in an administrative post?


Note: If "yes," an additional question will open.

Please specify the post:

3. What month (if known) and year did each of the following events occur?

  Month? Year?
(e.g., 1965))
 
a. Your birth date:
b. Your completion of your highest degree
(PhD or other professional degree)
c. Assistant Professor Start Date at UC Berkeley
(skip if not relevant)
d. Associate Professor Start Date at UC Berkeley
(skip if not relevant)
e. Full Professor Start Date at UC Berkeley
(skip if not relevant)

4. In which academic division or school is your primary appointment?


Note: If you cannot locate your academic division or school in the below menus, please specify it in the below text box.

What is your primary department/unit?

Note: Throughout the rest of this survey,we will use unit to refer to the department, unit or school where you have your primary appointment. For example, your unit might be the Department of Political Science or the School of Social Welfare.

In which academic division or school is your secondary appointment?

Please skip if not applicable.


Note: If you cannot locate your academic division or school in the below menus, please specify it in the below text box.

What is your secondary department/unit?

5. What is your gender?

6. What is your sexual orientation?

7. What is your ethnic category? Check all that apply.

Of the below ethnic categories, which do you self-identify with most? Pick one.

8. What is your current citizenship status?

9. Are you a person with a disability?


Note: If "yes," an additional question will open.

Which of the following categories describe your disability(ies)? Check all that apply.

10. What is your current marital or relationship status?


Note: If "married" or "partnered," additional question will open.

What is your spouse/partner's current employment/educational status? Check all that apply.

Which of the following best describes your spouse/partner's current occupation (if currently employed) or longer-term career goal (if enrolled in a degree program, unemployed, or employed as a postdoctoral fellow)?

11. Do you have any children?


Note: If "yes," additional questions will open.

Parenting Issues
For each child for whom you have had substantial responsibility for parenting, please specify the month and year of the child's birth or adoption/foster placement with you.

For stepchildren, please specify the month and year when your parenting responsibilities began. (If you have parented more than four children, please enter information for the four youngest children only.)

  Month of event? Year of event?
(e.g.,1991)
Relationship of
child to you
1
 
a. Date of birth/arrival of youngest child
b. Date of birth/arrival of 2nd youngest child
(if applicable)
c. Date of birth/arrival of 3rd youngest child
(if applicable)
d. Date of birth/arrival of 4th youngest child
(if applicable)

Were you employed at UC Berkeley as a faculty member at the time of the most recent birth/arrival AND did this birth/arrival occur after 1988?

Note: If "yes," additional question will open.

Around the time of the most recent birth/arrival event, did you request and did you receive (and if so for how long) any of the following types of accommodations?

If you received an accommodation, please specify what impact you think using the family accommodation policy has had on your career?

  Requested (or entitled2 to) accommodation? Received accommodation (if requested)? Number of Weeks Impact on Career?
 Yes No Not
applicable
Yes No
a. Paid pregnancy/birth Leave (disability leave)
b. Active service-modified duties (course relief)
c. Tenure-clock extension
d. Unpaid parental leave
e. Reduced appointment (e.g., part-time status)
f. Other?

2E.G., You were entitled to use the policy because of your faculty and birth status (see http://www.ucop.edu/acadadv/family/).

Did you want, or would you have ever wanted, to use any of the following family accommodation policies (and believe you were or would have been eligible), but did not do so?

Please note: These policies have been in place for faculty since 1988. For more information, please see: http://www.ucop.edu/acadadv/family/

For each policy that you wanted to use but did not do so, please click on the checkbox.

Why did you not use the policy? Please check all that apply.

Why did you not use the policy? Please check all that apply.

Why did you not use the policy? Please check all that apply.

Why did you not use the policy? Please check all that apply.

Why did you not use the policy? Please check all that apply.

In the last five years while working at UC Berkeley, have you sought infant or child care for a child under five years old?

Note: If "yes," additional question will open.

Which of the following best describes the type of care you were/are most recently seeking?

Which of the following best described(s) your preference for the location of the facility/program?

How would you rate the availability, quality, expense, and service hours of care facilities that you investigated?

  Excellent Good Fair Poor
a. Availability of care slots
b. Number of choices of facilities (with available care slots)
c. Quality of facilities (with available care slots)
d. Cost of facilities
e. Available service hours of care facilities (e.g., did the hours open for care accommodate your work schedule)

Did you find a care program that met your family's needs?

Did you find a care provider (nanny or nanny share) that met your family's needs?

In the last five years, have you sought a slot for your infant/child in one of UC Berkeley's childcare facilities?

Note: If "yes," additional question will open. If you have sought care for more than one infant/child, please refer to only the most recent attempt to secure an infant/child care slot.

On each of the following, how would you rate the UC Berkeley childcare facility that you enrolled your infant/child in?

  Excellent Good Fair PooR
a. Quality of facilities
b. Quality of care
c. Cost of facilities
d. Available service hours
e. Flexibility of care options (e.g., full time/part time, etc.)
f. Educational component
g. Location

Do you currently have/share substantial responsibility for parenting a child under five years of age?

Note: If "yes," additional question will open.

How useful would you find each of the following?

  Very useful Somewhat useful Not too useful Not at all useful
a. Child care information and referral program
b. Emergency/back-up child care
c. Access to on-campus child care center
d. Connection to network of off-campus centers or family day cares serving primarily University families
e. Vouchers and/or subsidies
f. Parent organized child care co-op
g. Flexible on-call babysitter service (e.g., Cal students)
h. Care options with extended hours (beyond 8am - 5pm)
i. Adoption reimbursement program

12. Do you currently provide a substantial amount of care (5 or more hours a week) to any adults (e.g., parents, spouse/partner, children, other relatives, and/or friends over 18 with medical conditions/other care needs)?


Note: If "yes," additional questions will open.

Adult Care Issues
For each adult you currently provide care to, please specify their age, relationship to you, average weekly hours of care you provide to them, and specify the type of care you provide and for how long the care has been needed:

  Age of Adult (e.g., 68)? Relationship of adult to you1 Weekly hours? Type of care you provide and
for how long (e.g., for the last 2 years)?
 
a. First adult
b. Second adult
c. Third adult
d. Fourth adult

In the last five years while working at UC Berkeley, have you sought accommodations or campus resources to help you in your effort to provide care to any adults (family or friends)?

Did you request and did you receive (and if so for how long) any of the following types of accommodations?

If you received an accommodation, please specify in the text box to the right what type of program(s) or approval process you undertook to receive the particular accommodation (e.g., supervisor approved the modification of work schedule, etc.).

  Requested (or entitled2 to) accommodation? Received accommodation (if requested)? Number of Weeks Specify terms of the accommodation (and approval process)
 Yes No Yes No
a. FMLA
b. Alternative/flexible schedule
c. Sick leave to care for sick adult dependent
d. Other?

2E.G., You were entitled to the leave because of federal law.

13. How far do you live from campus? If you live in more than one place, please click "Other" and explain.

14. Are you currently a Principal Investigator (PI) to any grant-funded research project(s) that support(s) either graduate student researchers or postdoctoral scholars?


Note: If "yes," additional questions will open.

In the past 10 years, have any graduate student researchers or postdoctoral scholars that you supported on your grant-funded research become a new parent while working for you?

Please check all of the situations that have occurred over the past 10 years:

If you did provide family accommodations to any of the above referenced individuals, what sort of impact did it have on your grant-funded research project(s)?

B. Faculty Merit and Promotion Review Process

15. During your time as a faculty member, which of the policies/processes listed below have you used?

  I did not know about the policy I have not needed to use the policy I have used the policy I tried to use the policy, but was discouraged from using it
a. Wrote a summary of my research, teaching, and service to be
included in the package sent to reviewers for promotion review.
b. Wrote a response to the letters from reviewers and the ad hoc
committee report before my promotion case was discussed at
a faculty meeting.
c. Wrote a response to the letter prepared by the chair/dean
for both merit and promotion reviews.
d. Provided a list of potential reviewers for promotion review.
e. Requested a career equity review.
f. Requested a salary increase to match an outside offer.
g. Requested more than one-step merit increase for recognition
of accomplishments (e.g., a major award, positive reviews of
a book, etc.).
h. Requested an extra merit increase one time for excellent
teaching, service, or diversity-related work.
i. Requested reconsideration of a negative decision for
advancement.
j. Submitted work in progress (e.g., draft book chapters,
manuscripts under review or in preparation, etc.) to be
credited for a merit review.
k. Submitted additional materials while a promotion review
was ongoing.
l. Wrote a statement requesting that certain individuals
should not serve as reviewers for promotion reviews.

16. The table below lists major types of criteria considered in merit and promotion reviews. In the yellow portion of each table, indicate the degree of importance the criterion has played in merit and promotion reviews of your work. In the green portion of each table, indicate the importance you think the criterion should have in merit and promotion reviews of your work.


Faculty Review Criteria: Research

  Not applicable? (skip to next criterion) Importance of the criterion in your merit/promotion reviews Importance you believe the criterion should have
 Not applicable Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important
a. Books
b. Journal articles (peer reviewed)
c. Chapters in edited volumes
d. Co-authored collaborative work
e. Professional work (e.g., architectural work, clinical practice, artwork, etc.)
f. Artistic performance (e.g., concerts, shows)
g. Grants
h. Research awards
i. Patents
j. Presentations
k. Number of citations

Faculty Review Criteria: Teaching/mentoring

  Not applicable? (skip to next criterion) Importance of the criterion in your merit/promotion reviews Importance you believe the criterion should have
 Not applicable Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important
l. Teaching lecture courses
m. Teaching seminar courses
n. Teaching large undergraduate service courses
o. Efforts to improve or create new courses
p. Mentoring undergraduate students
q. Directing graduate student research
r. Sponsoring postdoctoral scholars
s. Supervising undergraduate independent study (e.g., research, 199 courses)
t. Teaching awards
u. Writing textbooks

Faculty Review Criteria: Service

  Not applicable? (skip to next criterion) Importance of the criterion in your merit/promotion reviews Importance you believe the criterion should have
 Not applicable Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important
v. Serving as dean, chair, or administrator
w. Departmental service
x. University service
y. Professional service
z. Promoting diversity
aa. Mentoring colleagues
ab. Community-based service (e.g., working with K-12 schools, policy work with government agencies, etc.)

17. Using the case of Professor A as a benchmark, what merit increase would you give to the individuals described below?


Professor A has had normal, on-time advancements throughout her/his career. Professor A is currently at Professor, Step III. During the current three-year review period, Professor A has had a balanced recordóProfessor A maintained her/his publication rate, received similar very good ratings in teaching, and performed reasonable service to the department, campus, and her/his profession. Professor A was awarded a 1-step merit increase to Professor, Step IV.


Professor B has been accelerated in rank, step, and salary (decoupled). Professor B is currently at Professor, Step III. During the current three-year review period, Professor B published 12 peer-review articles, including a significant piece that was acknowledged as the best paper of the year. Professor B had a reduced teaching load because Professor B taught a large required course twice during the review period. Professor B's teaching ratings continue to be well below the departmental average, and Professor B continues to provide almost no service to the department and University.


a. How would you review the merit case of Professor B?

Professor C has advanced at a normal rate. Professor C is currently at Professor, Step III. His/her last merit increase was five years ago. During the review period, Professor C has served as a very successful chair of the department. Professor C has hired six new faculty, had a major influence on restructuring the undergraduate curriculum, and significantly improved the diversity of graduate students studying in the department. His/her record shows that Professor C has published three articles. Professor C taught two courses as an overload and received very high ratings from the students.


b. How would you review the merit case of Professor C?

Professor D has advanced slowly. Professor D is currently at Professor, Step III. Professor D has just published a major body of work (e.g., a book, a series of peer-reviewed articles, etc.) that has already received a major award. Over the past 12 years, Professor D has only received a one-step merit increase because Professor D had very few articles and Professor D did not share any drafts of the work in progress. Professor D's record shows that Professor D is an outstanding teacher and very involved in departmental and University service.


c. How would you review the merit case of Professor D?

18. Out of a total of 100 points for the four items below, how many points would you assign to each of the following in evaluating merit cases?



Note: The total number of points you assign for all items should add up to 100.


Review Criteria

  Number of points you
would assign to the
criteria (e.g., "25
points," or "25")
 
a. Research
b. Teaching
c. Service
d. Diversity-related work

19. How do you regard your career progression relative to other faculty members in your unit?


Note: Depending on your response, additional questions may open.

How important do you believe each of the following factors has been in accounting for your slow/delayed advancement?

  Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Not applicable
a. Research did not pan out
b. Significantly changed research area
c. Could no longer get funding to pursue specific research interests
d. Lost interest in specific research area
e. Work not valued by colleagues
f. Could not attract graduate students
g. Could not improve teaching (sought help but to no avail)
h. Large service load
i. Large mentoring load
j. Large teaching load
k. Unbalanced record of research, teaching, and service
l. Family/personal reasons

C. Career Support

20. Are you interested in multidisciplinary work?


Note: Depending on your response, additional questions will open.

How true are each of the following?

At UC Berkeley, . . .

  Very true Somewhat true Not too true Not at all true
multidisciplinary research efforts are encouraged.
multidisciplinary research efforts are supported
with necessary resources.
multidisciplinary research efforts are appropriately
rewarded.
multidisciplinary research efforts are understood.
multidisciplinary research efforts are valued.
there is transparency in merit and promotion
reviews of my work.
my obligations to two or more units are clearly
spelled out. (skip if not relevant)
my obligations are comparable to those of
colleagues who do work in a single discipline.

How true are each of the following?

At UC Berkeley, multidisciplinary research efforts are . . .

  Very true Somewhat true Not too true Not at all true
encouraged.
supported with necessary resources.
appropriately rewarded.
understood.
valued.

21. For each of the following, how much mentoring/support are you receiving, and how much do you desire?

  Not applicable?
(skip to next item)
Amount you are receiving Desired amount
 Not applicable None A little Some Much A great deal None A little Some Much A great deal
a. Help to get grants
b. Help with publishing
c. Help with establishing professional contacts
d. Help navigating departmental politics
e. Coaching on the review process
f. Offers to collaborate in research
g. Advice on research
h. Mentoring for teaching
i. Invitations to lunch/coffee
j. Mentoring for leadership positions

22. Indicate your level of agreement or disagreement with each of the following statements about your colleagues.


In general, my faculty colleagues in my unit . . .

  Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree Not applicable
a. maintain high research standards.
b. maintain high teaching standards.
c. treat staff with respect (e.g., administrative,
clerical, technical, etc.).
d. maintain a supportive working environment.
e. work collaboratively.
f. are collegial.
g. value diversity.
h. contribute fairly to the service needs of our unit
(e.g., mentoring, committee service, etc.).

23. Indicate your level of agreement or disagreement with each of the following statements about your unit.


In my unit . . .

  Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree Not applicable
a. the administration is effective.
b. there is a shared vision.
c. faculty communicate consistently with one another.
d. every one shares in making important decisions.
e. feedback is sought and accepted.
f. faculty treat each other in an even-handed way.
g. I receive constructive feedback about my performance.
h. I am assisted in obtaining the resources I need.
i. agreements are honored.
j. disputes and problems are resolved effectively.
k. there is acceptance that faculty have family
responsibilities.
l. commitment to diversity is demonstrated.
m. faculty are encouraged and empowered.
n. all faculty are encouraged to participate in strategic
planning for the direction of the unit.
o. there is clarity about the promotion and merit process.

24. Please answer the following questions about external job offers and issues of faculty retention.

a. How many written job offers from other universities have you received since arriving at UC Berkeley?

b. To what degree do you agree/disagree with the statements below?

  Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree
i. It is necessary to match outside offers of higher salary to retain excellent faculty.
ii. Only the most outstanding faculty should receive retention offers to match offers of higher salary from other institutions.
iii. I think it is unfair to have two different salary scales: one based on merit and a second based on the market.
iv. I have considered outside offers simply to raise my salary comparable to what others have received due to retention actions.
v. I prefer that we use the money that is given to respond to outside offers to increase everyone's salary equitably.
vi. I object to offering large salary increases when the money could be used to hire 2-3 new assistant professors.

c. A faculty member has received an outside offer from the top department/unit in his/her field. The offer includes a 75% increase in salary and $500,000 in resources for research.


Do you think Berkeley should respond to the offer?


Note: Depending on your response, additional questions will open.

What criteria do you think are most important in deciding the size of the retention package?


Please pick the three most important.

d. Which factors might cause you to consider an outside offer?


Please pick the top five reasons.

D. Work Climate

Job Satisfaction

25. All in all, how satisfied would you say you are with your job?

26. With regard to each of the following, how satisfied are you with your job situation and how important is the particular item to you?

  Not applicable?
(skip to next item)
Degree of satisfaction? How important to you?
 Not applicable Very satisfied Somewhat satisfied Not too satisfied Not at all satisfied Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important
a. Salary
b. Additional compensation (e.g., summer salary)
c. Benefits (e.g., health care, retirement, etc.)
d. Current rank
e. Merit and promotion process
f. Teaching responsibilities
g. Advising responsibilities
h. Quality of graduate students
i. Committee responsibilities

(continued)

  Not applicable?
(skip to next item)
Degree of satisfaction? How important to you?
 Not applicable Very satisfied Somewhat satisfied Not too satisfied Not at all satisfied Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important
j. Quality of space for research
k. Resources for new ventures/initiatives
l. Staff support
m. Opportunities to collaborate with faculty in home unit
n. Opportunities to collaborate with faculty in other units on the UC Berkeley campus
o. The way you were welcomed to the UC Berkeley campus
p. Support for diversity in my unit/department
q. Support for work-family balance in my unit/department
r. Current housing situation

Other Workplace Issues

28. Do you feel you have experienced any of the following as a faculty member at UC Berkeley in the last three years?


Note: Depending on your responses, new questions will open up.

Based on which of the following, do you believe you have been discriminated against as an employee at UC Berkeley in the last three years? Check all that apply.

Note: Click here for campus resources to assist with issues of discrimination.

In which ways do you feel you have been harassed as an employee at UC Berkeley in the last three years?

Note: Click here for campus resources to assist with issues of harassment.

Work-Life Issues

29. How often during the past month have you felt . . .

  Very often Often Sometimes Rarely Never
used up at the end of the day?
energized at the end of the work day
(e.g., excited in a positive manner
by the work experiences of the day)?

30.Would you say that in general your health is Excellent, Very good, Good, Fair, or Poor?

31. How often do you find your work stressful?


Note: Depending on your response, additional questions may open.

How often do each of the following cause you stress related to your work?

  Very often Often Sometimes Rarely Never
a. Working on unnecessary tasks or projects
b. Taking work home in the evenings or on weekends to stay caught up
c. Working excessively long hours at the office or in the field
d. Spending too much time in unimportant meetings that take you away from your work
e. Having responsibility for an unmanageable number of projects or assignments at the same time
f. Having more work to do than can be done in an ordinary day
g. Having committed to too many activities/projects
h. Obtaining funding for research
i. Attracting high-quality graduate students
j. Not having working classroom facilities

32. How often does each of the following occur?

  Often Sometimes Rarely Never
a. The demands of your job interfere with your family (personal) life.
b. The demands of your family (personal life) interfere with your work on the job.
c. Your family helps to support your work efforts and overall career.

How often does the following occur (continued)?


Note: Depending on your response, additional questions may open.


d. The specific nature of your job benefits your family (personal) life?

To what degree, do you find each of the following beneficial to your family?

  Very beneficial Somewhat beneficial Not too beneficial Not at all beneficial Not applicable
a. Flexibility of schedule (e.g., daily schedule, summers, etc.)
b. Prestige of position
c. Monetary compensation
d. Benefits (e.g., health care, retirement, etc.)
e. Rewarding nature of work (e.g., contribution to larger society/students/knowledge, etc.)
f. Access to culturally rich environment (e.g., UC Berkeley campus)
g. Opportunity to travel
h. Social interaction with colleagues

33. How flexible is your work schedule?

34. How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

  Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree Don't know Not applicable
a. Overall, my colleagues are supportive when I have a personal or family issue to take care of.
b. The career pressures I experience here have caused me to miss many important events in my personal and family life.
c. My department or unit chair is mindful of scheduling courses and meetings to accommodate faculty with child care responsibilities.
d. I had fewer children than I wanted to have.

35. This question describes five family-friendly policies for faculty at UC Berkeley. Please indicate whether you have heard of these policies and whether you are supportive of them.

  Have you heard about these policies? How supportive are you of the policies?
 Yes No Very supportive Somewhat supportive Not too supportive Not at all supportive
a. Childbearing Leave: UC faculty are eligible for childbearing leave for the period prior to, during, and after childbirth. Leave normally will be for at least 6 weeks, while she is temporarily disabled.
b. Active service-modified duties (ASMD): Faculty responsible for half or more of the care of a newborn or a child under age five newly placed for adoption or foster care are eligible for relief from teaching duties. Birth mothers may take ASMD for two semesters and non-birth mothers and fathers for one semester.
c. Stopping the clock for the care of a child or children: Faculty responsible for half or more of the care of a newborn or a child under age five newly placed for adoption or foster care may stop the clock at the Assistant level for up to one year for each event (up to a maximum of two years).
d. Parental leave without pay: UC faculty are eligible for full-time or part-time parental leave without pay for up to one year for the purpose of caring for their child, or a child of their spouse or domestic partner.
e. Part-time appointment or reduction in percentage of appointment to accommodate family needs: Faculty may be eligible for an appointment to a part-time position or may be eligible to reduce their percentage of time of an appointment temporarily or permanently to accommodate family needs (the eight-year limitation of service still applies, not counting up to two years of clock stoppage).

Overall Assessment of Job Situation

36. For each of the following statements, please indicate whether you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree.

  Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree
a. Conditions on my job allow me to be about as productive as I could be.
b. I have the pleasure of working on research with excellent graduate students.
c. At UC Berkeley, I am treated with respect.
d. My main satisfaction in life comes from my work.
e. Even if I were offered a comparable position with slightly higher pay and benefits at another organization, I would not leave UC Berkeley.
f. I find the diversity of ideas and people at Berkeley to be extremely stimulating.