The Academic Work Life Survey asks tenured and tenure-track faculty and other academics about their work loads, their feelings about the work they do and how Cornell does or does not support it, perceptions of departmental climate, intentions to stay at Cornell, and the ways in which life outside of Cornell meshes with faculty responsibilities.
2022 Academic Work Life Survey
The 2022 AWL included all employees in academic positions hired prior to April 1, 2022. A total of 1,630 Cornell academics completed some portion of the survey, yielding an overall response rate of 53%. Tenured and tenure-track faculty replied at a slightly higher rate of 56% relative to research, teaching, and extension (RTE) academics, who replied at a rate of 51%.
- Academic Work Life 2022 Survey Instrument (pdf)
- Brief Overview of the 2022 Academic Work Life Survey Responses (pdf)
2016 Academic Work Life Survey
The AWL Survey included all employees in academic positions hired prior to November 1, 2015 and holding at least a 50% appointment. There are three major constituencies in the AWL survey: tenured and tenure-track faculty, academic professionals, and academic short-term employees. A total of 1,602 academics completed some portion of the survey, yielding an overall response rate of 55%. Response rates differed significantly across titles, with 60% of faculty, 55% of academic professionals (excluding librarians), and 40% of academic short term responding.
- 2016 Academic Work Life Survey Instrument (pdf)
- Brief Overview of the 2016 Academic Work Life Survey Responses (pdf)
- AWL Work Life Survey interactive dashboard
Of the 1,514 tenured and tenure-track faculty invited, a total of 989 participated in this survey for a 65% response rate. The survey instrument is provided below, as is the first of several reports to be derived from survey results. This initial analysis examines overall satisfaction with being a faculty member, and satisfaction with various aspects of work responsibilities and resources. Subsequent reports examining other facets of faculty work life will be posted here as they become available.
- 2010 FWL Survey Instrument (pdf)
- Satisfaction with Work Life, Jan 2011 Report of 2010 FWL Results (pdf)
- An interactive data display of selected measures from the 2005 and 2010 surveys
The first FWL survey grew out of the efforts of the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Faculty Work Life. This initial survey placed a special emphasis on examining the experiences of women faculty. Of the 1,486 tenured and tenure-track faculty invited to participate in the survey, a total of 962 did so, for a response rate of 65%. Links to survey results, and to themes derived from faculty focus groups, are provided below:
Subsections included in the above can be accessed separately below:
- Charge to the Committee, Nov. 2004 (pdf)
- Response Rates and Patterns, Nov. 2006 (pdf)
- An Overview of Responses, Nov. 2006 (pdf)
- Understanding Faculty Satisfaction, Nov. 2006 (pdf)
- Child Care Needs Among Faculty, May 2006 (pdf)
The survey was developed after a series of seven focus groups with faculty. Selected “voices” from the groups speak to the issue of integration among faculty.
Survey of Faculty Interaction with Undergraduate Students
This survey was administered to Cornell faculty in the spring of 2004. The survey asks faculty about the nature and frequency of their out-of-class interactions with undergraduate students, the factors that support or inhibit these interactions, and the impacts of these interactions for faculty members.