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Fraser, GJ. and DE Hunt. 2011. Faculty diversity and search committee training: Learning from a critical incident. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 4(3):195-98.


Dr. Fraser and some of her team members have presented at numerous conferences and workshops on diversity and leadership in higher education. Some of these presentations are available online.

U.Va. Faculty Statistics

U.Va.'s Office of Institutional Assessment and Studies (IAS) conducts institutional research and supports assessment at the University of Virginia. IAS's Data Digest provides statistics for at least the last ten years on all faculty by gender, race, and rank, tenured faculty by race and gender, and many other categories. On any page on the IAS Data Digest site, roll over Data Digest in the left menu, roll down to "Employees" and choose "Faculty."

Research Endorsed by the Vice Provost for Faculty Recruitment & Retention

From time to time, the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Recruitment & Retention conducts its own research, and in some cases endorses research by other groups, related to issues of concern to the professoriate. Faculty at U.Va. may receive emails from this office or from other universities with whom we have agreed to cooperate, requesting participation in a survey or some other form of data collection.

We will keep a list posted on this Web site with information about past, present, and future research projects approved by this office.

Active Studies

Examining the Experience of Faculty Search Committees and Newly Hired Faculty to Improve the Search Process. This study examines search processes and practices, assuming that search committee chairs and members, and newly recruited faculty, have valuable information to share about successful (and unsuccessful) recruitment strategies that could improve the search process for current and future committees.

Faculty Position Finalist Experience & Employment Priorities:This ongoing study seeks to better understand why individuals accept or turn down offers of tenured/tenure-track faculty employment at the University of Virginia. Participants are asked to either fill out an on-line survey or take part in a one-on-one interview. Survey and interview questions are focused on the recruitment experience, the candidate decision-making process, and the factors that may affect the decision to accept or decline.

Inactive Studies

COACHE Survey of Early Tenure-Track Faculty: The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE), COACHE is a research project based out of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and supported by a grant from the Ford Foundation and participating colleges and universities. COACHE's primary goal is to provide academic leaders with in-depth institutional and peer data “on work satisfaction” among full-time, early career tenure-track faculty. U.Va. participated in the “COACHE Survey of Tenure-Track Faculty Job Satisfaction,” as a member of the 2005-06, the 2008-2009, and the 2012-2013 cohorts. The COACHE Executive Summaries are posted as follows: 2006, 2009, and 2013.

Contingent Faculty Experiences: Researchers from the University of Michigan’s Center for the Education of Women are currently engaged in a national study of non-tenure track faculty, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The University of Virginia is one of twelve research universities across the country where they will be conducting focus groups with non-tenure track faculty in order to learn their reasons for taking non-tenure track appointments, their career aspirations, the details of their work lives and conditions, and many other matters.

Dual-Career Academic Couples: What Universities Need to Know: This study on dual career couples and work/life balance was conducted by the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University among select top US research universities, including U.Va., under the sponsorship of this office and Institutional Assessment and Studies (IAS). The full report is now available online. A summary report of findings at U.Va. is also available.

Senior Faculty Vitality Survey: U.Va. is participating in a study sponsored by the The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE), in partnership with the University of North Texas, to examine the vitality of senior faculty and to identify policies and practices that produce satisfied employees and facilitate faculty engagement across the academy.