While many higher education faculty are satisfied in their jobs, they’re calling for more support as they struggle to balance new responsibilities brought on by the pandemic and the dramatic shift in teaching and learning, according to a new survey from edtech provider Cengage.
For its Faces of Faculty study, Cengage surveyed 1,024 faculty members at 581 U.S. colleges and universities (including two- and four-year institutions) to better understand the evolving role of faculty and how to best support them.
Key findings include:
- The majority (64 percent) of faculty are happy in their roles, but those who are unhappy are considering leaving. While faculty are showing resilience and adaptability in their roles, 26 percent are dissatisfied, and 70 percent of those not satisfied have considered a career change in the past 6 months.
- The top driver of dissatisfaction for discontented faculty is “feeling unsupported by their institutions, or under pressure from administration” (29 percent), followed closely by 28 percent who feel they are undervalued or underpaid.
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