Faculty Satisfaction: Survey Template and Example Questions


If you’re trying to understand how your faculty feel, the first step is running a satisfaction survey. Here’s a survey template to get you started and a guide to how you should run the process.

With faculty satisfaction surveys, you’ll go through 3 stages:

  • Collect feedback from faculty
  • Review the data
  • Communicate the data and your actions

For an annual faculty survey, this will all happen over one year.

But for pulse surveys, this process typically happens at a smaller scale (ie within a department) and more frequently. It means running a short survey every term to get a more accurate picture of how satisfaction may fluctuate at different points in the year – for example, your faculty may feel very different at the beginning of the year as they do at exam time. And those variances can give you a much clearer idea of what you need to do and at which times.

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1. How positive or negative are your interactions with other members of your department?

  • Extremely positive
  • Slightly positive
  • Neither positive nor negative
  • Slightly negative
  • Extremely negative

2. How effective is the leadership of your department?

  • Extremely effective
  • Very effective
  • Moderately effective
  • Slightly effective
  • Not effective at all

3. How valued do feel your input and opinions are to department leaders?

  • Extremely valued
  • Very valued
  • Moderately valued
  • Slightly valued
  • Not valued at all

4. How effectively are your talents being utilised by the department?

  • Extremely effectively
  • Very effectively
  • Moderately effectively
  • Slightly effectively
  • Not effectively at all

5. How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the senior administration at [school/university]?

  • Extremely satisfied
  • Slightly satisfied
  • Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied
  • Slightly dissatisfied
  • Extremely dissatisfied

6. How fair or unfair are the administrative procedures at [school/university]?

  • Extremely fair
  • Slightly fair
  • Neither fair nor unfair
  • Slightly unfair
  • Extremely unfair

7. How manageable or unmanageable is your teaching requirement at [school/university]?

  • Extremely manageable
  • Slightly manageable
  • Neither manageable nor unmanageable
  • Slightly unmanageable
  • Extremely unmanageable

8. How easy or difficult is it to focus on your students’ education and wellbeing?

  • Extremely easy
  • Slightly easy
  • Neither easy nor difficult
  • Slightly difficult
  • Extremely difficult

9. How easy or difficult is it to obtain the resources that you need for teaching at [school/university]?

  • Extremely easy
  • Slightly easy
  • Neither easy nor difficult
  • Slightly difficult
  • Extremely difficult

10. How fairly are you compensated for your work at [school/university]?

  • Extremely fairly
  • Very fairly
  • Moderately fairly
  • Slightly fairly
  • Not fairly at all

11. Overall, how satisfied or dissatisfied were you with [school/university] as a place to work?

  • Extremely satisfied
  • Slightly satisfied
  • Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied
  • Slightly dissatisfied
  • Extremely dissatisfied

12. How likely or unlikely are you stay at [school/university] for the next year?

  • Extremely likely
  • Quite likely
  • Not sure
  • Quite unlikely
  • Extremely unlikely

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