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    Harvard group puts focus on faculty members.

    A Harvard University group has initiated a survey to gauge the satisfaction of tenured faculty members in relation to research, teaching and other activities. Harvard's Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, began its pilot phase in October, following efforts to track the satisfaction of tenure-track staff. “Tenured faculty are key to institutional climate, the most important thing for tenure-track faculty,” says COACHE director Kiernan Mathews. Topics will include recognition, work–life balance, retention policies and time for duties such as research and teaching. COACHE plans to launch the full survey by autumn 2011.

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    Satisfaction survey. Nature 468, 337 (2010) doi:10.1038/nj7321-337d

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