Watch for CALS faculty & staff workplace climate survey this month

In mid-February, all CALS faculty and staff members will have the opportunity to participate in a survey about campus climate — the extent to which an individual feels personally safe, listened to, valued, and treated fairly and with respect. The study will provide important information about the campus climate and expand our understanding of ways members of this community experience the workplace climate at UW-Madison.

All faculty and staff will soon receive a message about the exercise from Dean Tracy, followed by a message from the Provost’s office with a link to the online survey.

  • The survey is voluntary and confidential.
  • No one from CALS will have access to the raw data. Data will be reported in an aggregated form, beginning in summer 2011.
  • We hope you will participate – we need your help to make this project a success.
  • If you have questions, please contact Margaret Harrigan in the Office of the Provost at or 608-263-7141.

As explained in an earlier eCALS post, CALS was one of two campus units chosen to participate in the survey because the college reflects the breadth of the diversity of programs and people that make up the university, explains Dan Schaefer, Interim Associate Dean for Instruction.

“We have teaching, research, and extension. We have both undergraduate students and grad students. We have classified staff, academic staff and faculty. And we have a sizable student population. We were selected to participate because CALS is a microcosm of the university,” Schaefer explains. Another good reason for CALS to participate, he adds, is that this survey can serve as a followup to a climate study done a couple of years ago by the college’s equity and diversity committee. This will offer an opportunity to compare the results from both.

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