University of Toronto

Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty & Academic Life

COACHE: A Letter from the Provost

Portrait of Cheryl RegehrDear Colleagues,

We have now come to the end of a nine-part series about the results of the COACHE survey on faculty satisfaction here at the University of Toronto. I hope you feel as encouraged by the results as I do.

Surveys like this are of great importance to the University. They are an indicator of U of T’s vitality as a world-class educational institution. For example, it was heartening to see how highly our faculty members value the autonomy they have over their research and teaching here at U of T. The deep regard we have for the quality of our colleagues and the level of collegiality in our departments and faculties is also a true accomplishment. And, our faculty members are more satisfied than those at peer institutions when it comes to compensation and benefits.

All of this is a testament to the strength of the place we have chosen to build our academic careers. U of T is a unique place in the world when it comes to attracting and retaining the very best faculty. I am grateful for all your contributions to making this a wonderful intellectual community.

This is not the end of our efforts on this front. Please watch for further reporting on COACHE data over the next couple of months as we delve more deeply into the survey results.  And please visit the COACHE results microsite at the website of the Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty & Academic Life to download infographics and PowerPoint presentations, as well as revisit the articles you’ve seen over the past two months.

The COACHE results have pointed us in some key directions when it comes to areas for improvement.  Along with chairs and deans, I’ll be continuing to work on the areas identified in the survey results, such as: enhancing leadership development and mentoring for all faculty; gaining a better understanding of the unique experiences of our female faculty and associate professors; and aiming to improve the facilities and resources available to faculty members in their offices, labs, and classrooms.

Finally, we heard you loud and clear regarding communication on the part of University leadership. The definition of “leadership” in the COACHE survey encompasses a large group – including chairs, deans, the President and myself. It’s clear that we can all do better when it comes to consulting and engaging with our faculty colleagues around the University’s vision and priorities. We will certainly work harder on this front. This will include wider and more frequent consultation with all of you, and exploring new vehicles to reach you in more creative ways.

But it will take all of us to succeed. Today, I ask you to be engaged in these ongoing conversations. Contribute your ideas and suggestions on how we can do better. You can email me at provost@utoronto.ca or use the comments page at our website.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President and Provost