Mills College is in its second year of a three-year partnership with the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. COACHE is a research-practice partnership (RPP) that works with more than 250 partner institutions to enhance the academic workplace and advance the success of a talented and diverse faculty.
COACHE supports colleges and universities by providing comparative, actionable insights on what faculty need in order to do their best work, through a customizable survey on faculty satisfaction. They also provide access to a range of strategies developed at partner institutions to address common concerns from workload and work-life balance to shared governance.
The RPP involves a participatory methodology in which researchers co-investigate faculty satisfaction. The collaborative also gathers teams of institutional practitioners (provosts, associate provosts, deans, faculty leaders, and other campus constituents) for meetings with counterparts from peer institutions. The aim of these “communities of practice” meetings is to develop institutional responses to COACHE’s survey findings.
In addition to the peer institutions’ meetings, the COACHE team of researchers also work with individual campus partners to provide context and expertise on faculty issues so that individual campuses have a wider angle from which to view their survey findings.
At Mills, our COACHE working group includes members from each division of the College:
Meryl Bailey, Art History, Studio Art, Art & Visual Culture Department, Arts & Technology Division
Chris Sollars, Studio Art Program, Art & Visual Culture Department, Arts & Technology Division
Elizabeth Bachen, Biopsychology Department Head, Psychology Department, Natural & Health Sciences Division
Michael Fleming, Director, Office of Planning, Analytics, & Effectiveness, Provost's Office
Siobhan Reilly, Economics Department, Lorry I. Lokey School of Business & Public Policy