Follow-up on COACHE Results Presentation

PDAD&C#42, 2013-14

To:  PDAD&C 
From:    Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President & Provost
Edith Hillan, Vice-Provost Faculty & Academic Life
Date:  February 13, 2014
Re: Follow-up on COACHE Results Presentation

At last week's PDAD&C meeting, we presented the results of COACHE, a survey soliciting the views of tenure-stream faculty members. The information from the survey tells us a great deal about what faculty like about working at the University of Toronto, but it also highlights a number of areas where there is room for improvement. In particular, there was a clear message that all levels of leadership - from the department level through to the President - need to do a better job of communicating with faculty.

Members at both P&D and PDAD&C suggested we develop packages of materials that could be used to stimulate discussion in academic departments and units. We are happy to report that we have engaged outside professional communications services to assist us in this regard. The company we have engaged, National, will also provide advice to help us improve our approach to internal communications at the University. We also want to hear from you about how we can improve communications with faculty and librarians. Please contribute your ideas and suggestions here.

The first two articles of a series about the COACHE faculty satisfaction survey were published in the Bulletin, and appear on the web-site of the Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty and Academic Life:  

Planned future articles about faculty survey results will appear as follows:
February 20th 2014 - Tenure/Promotion/Mentoring
February 27th 2014 - Nature of Work
March 6th 2014 - Collaboration/Interdisciplinary Work/Appreciation & Recognition
March 13th 2014 - Leadership
March 20th 2014 - Benefits and family policies

We will develop a one-page infographic to accompany each of the thematic articles, with some suggested questions for Chairs, Directors, and Deans to trigger discussion amongst faculty members. A list of these infographics and other resources can found here. We will also identify some 'best practices' in relation to areas where improvement is needed. The VPFAL web-site will also post PowerPoint slides from presentations that are made across divisions. A link to the slides from the February 6th 2014 PDAD&C presentation can be found here. We would be happy to visit your division - please contact Sara-Jane Finlay ( to schedule a date for a presentation.