Faculty at WFU in 2019 responded most favorably to the Colonial Group Faculty Survey items on areas of Tenure and Promotion as well as Professional Support and Faculty Input. Within Wake, female and racial/ethnic minority faculty trended negatively on Overall Atmosphere, while Tenure-track and primarily undergraduate faculty scored lower on Workload and Flexibility. Wake faculty responded more positively on administrative support compared to faculty at peer institutions but more negatively on their compensation packages.

The Colonial Group Faculty Survey (CGFS) is a peer survey developed by institutional representatives to the Colonial Group, a consortium of national, private universities. The survey focused on institutional climate, workload, tenure/promotion process, mentoring, job satisfaction, benefits and services satisfaction. CGFS was first administered in Spring of 2013, and first administered to Wake Forest faculty in 2019. Seven institutions (Boston College, Brandeis University, George Washington University, Northeastern University, University of Notre Dame, Southern Methodist University, and Wake Forest University) participated in the current year’s study.

CGFS was distributed online by Wake Forest’s Office of Institutional Research (IR) in April 2019 to 891 faculty members from the College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Divinity, School of Law, and University Library. A total of 363 faculty submitted responses (41% response rate, 4.0% margin of error). The respondents were fairly representative of the faculty population by gender and race, although overrepresented by tenured or on tenure track faculty (62% respondents vs 50% of the population). In order to correct the nonresponse bias, all analyses were performed with post-stratification weights. (See here for more on survey analysis methodology.)

Due to the large quantity of individual questions asked and the complexity of assessing specific areas of potential concern, IR developed five constructs which grouped information gathered from numerous items into aggregate measures. These construct scores, which provide a way of looking at overall trends among survey responses, have a sample mean of 50 and a standard deviation of approximately 9 within the WFU sample.
Compared to a simulated average respondent (i.e. a hypothetical respondent who selected the midpoint on low-to-high Likert scale all items) WFU respondents scored positively on all constructs:

WFU faculty in 2019 scored differently by gender on four of the five constructs. Compared to female faculty, male faculty gave higher marks on Equity and Belonging (Men 52.2 vs Women 47.4), Workload and Flexibility (Men 51.9 vs Women 49.3), Overall Atmosphere (Men 51.6 vs Women 49.1), and Professional Support and Faculty Input (Men 51.5 vs Women 49.3).

Under-Represented Minority (URM) faculty on average issued lower scores on Overall Atmosphere when compared to White faculty (URM 48.1 vs White 50.9). However, the two groups had similar scores on the remaining constructs.

Compared to faculty who are not on tenure track, tenured/tenure-track faculty scored lower on Workload and Flexibility (Tenured/tenure-track 49.2 vs Not tenure track 52.2).

WFU faculty who primarily teach undergraduates (i.e., teach more undergraduate-level classes than graduate or professional-level classes during the current academic year) provided lower marks than faculty who primarily teach graduate or professional students on Workload and Flexibility (Primarily undergraduate 49.5 vs Primarily graduate 53.3), and on Professional Support and Faculty Input (Primarily undergraduate 49.3 vs Primarily graduate 53.6).

Individual Items of Note

Although often challenged on reliability, individual questions provide a closer look at notable differences across groups. The following links report by sub-groups those questions where the differences in percent responding between the groups exceed the 95% confidence interval.

WFU 2019 Faculty Compared to Peer Institutions’ Faculty
More WFU 2019 faculty compared to peers reported (to have):

Fewer WFU 2019 faculty compared to peers reported (to have):

More men compared to women reported (to have):

More women compared to men reported (to have):

More white faculty compared to URM faculty reported (to have):

Fewer URM faculty compared to white faculty reported (to have):

More tenured/tenure-track faculty compared to non-tenure track faculty reported (to have):

WFU 2019 Primarily Undergraduate Teaching Faculty Compared to Primarily Graduate Teaching Faculty

More primarily graduate teaching faculty compared to undergraduate faculty reported (to have):

See responses to all survey items here.