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Initiatives

Below are just a few of the projects we've been working on.


Faculty Climate Survey

Recently, CU Denver conducted its first ever Faculty Climate Survey to determine real-time attitudes and beliefs of faculty, focusing specifically on the climate for female faculty in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and psychology disciplines (STEM+).  The survey was administered as part of the ADVANCE IT-Catalyst project, an NSF funded grant, to evaluate discrepancies in the climate for female faculty in the STEM+ disciplines at CU Denver.  The survey was based on the University of Illinois Chicago’s Faculty Climate Survey and was administered to faculty via SurveyMonkey during the Spring and Summer of 2011.  All tenured and tenure-track faculty in the seven schools and colleges on the downtown campus were invited to participate in the survey. 

Of 380 full-time faculty contacted, 257 completed the survey (68% response rate).  Unique instances of the survey were created for each participant to assure confidentiality and the data were stripped of all identifying information prior to analysis.  Surveys were sorted by discipline into natural and physical sciences, behavioral sciences, technology, engineering, and math (STEM+), and non-STEM+, which includes the humanities department.  Data were analyzed by faculty gender, rank, and STEM+/non-STEM+ status.

The major outcomes of interest were satisfaction with CU Denver regarding current position and career progression, consideration to leave CU Denver, and aspects of the tenure and promotion process and campus climate that differ by gender.  

ADVANCE-IT Catalyst Climate Survey Summary.pdfADVANCE-IT Catalyst Climate Survey Summary.pdf

Faculty Interviews

Check back soon to see the results of interviews with male and female faculty in the STEM+ disciplines at CU Denver.