"Creating a Positive Departmental Climate at Virginia Tech: A Compendium of Successful Strategies” was created as part of the AdvanceVT Departmental Climate Initiative. AdvanceVT's Department Climate Committee collected successful strategies for developing and maintaining a positive work environment and shared them with participants at the fourth annual Advancing Women at Virginia Tech workshop.
AdvanceVT surveyed all instructional and research faculty at Virginia Tech on issues related to campus climate, job satisfaction, and work/life balance in the spring of 2005 and again in the fall of 2008. Results from the 2005 and 2008 Virginia Tech Faculty Work/life Surveys are here.
In the spring of 2007, Virginia Tech participated in the COACHE survey of pre-tenure faculty. The COACHE survey asks faculty to assess their experiences regarding promotion and tenure, the nature of their work, policies and practices, and the general climate, culture, and level of collegiality on their campuses. Responses from Virginia Tech faculty are compared with those of faculty at five selected peer institutions and the entire population of research university respondents. Summaries of these data have been shared with new department heads, university leaders, promotion and tenure committee chairs, and pre-tenure faculty.