The Faculty Associations' Research Council and Faculty Affairs Committee jointly created a survey to gather information from the faculty about the role that research and creative scholarly activity play in their careers here at UNF. We further sought to gain an understanding of faculty perceptions of research and its place here at UNF, and how the university might be able to support faculty in their scholarly efforts.
The survey was launched on November 7th and President Pyati sent out a call for participation to all faculty on that day. Reminders were sent from Pyati to all faculty on November 17th and the 28th. The deadline for completing the survey was December 1st. In all, 177 anonymous responses were collected (though not all respondents answered all of the questions).
Note: mis-configured radio-button options on a few questions make their results unreliable.
The following is a basic, descriptive summary of the results of that survey.
Types of research/scholarship/creative activity:
Time spent on Scholarship:
Support for Scholarship/Research/Creative Activities:
Faculty perception of UNF’s research mission or identity:
Many respondents indicated that UNF’s research identity was indistinct, unclear, conflicted, or unknown to them. Example comments include:
Some respondents indicate that UNF’s has a mixed research/teaching emphasis. Often these comments mention research with undergraduate students. Examples of these comments include:
Faculty preference for what UNF’s research identity should be:
A large proportion of respondents indicated a preference for UNF to be a mixed teaching/research institution. Example comments include:
Some respondents indicated a preference for a greater emphasis on research. Example comments include:
A few respondents indicated a preference for a greater emphasis on teaching. Example comments include:
Faculty recommendations for how UNF can move towards having the research identity they believe it should have:
Many commenters recommended a reduction in the teaching load at UNF. Examples include:
In a similar fashion, many participants recommended the development of a flexible workload system whereby some faculty could take on a higher research load with associated lower teaching load and vice-versa. Examples include:
Other support for faculty research was also recommended, including the following:
Finally, many commenters indicated either a lack of rewards or recognition for scholarship effort or a need to increase those rewards. Example recommendations include:
Other noted themes:
The discursive comments included 17 comments regarding the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Most were extremely negative. Examples include:
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