Assessment and Evaluation


2011 Brown University Faculty Climate Survey: Summary Report Prepared for ADVANCE at Brown
The ADVANCE Program at Brown University commissioned the Brown University Faculty Climate Survey in the spring of 2010.  The purpose of this survey was to examine the quality of the environment for faculty at Brown University.  More specifically, ADVANCE at Brown sought to evaluate the experiences of women and men faculty members in both the STEM and non-STEM fields on a variety of topics.  These topics included:  (1) general work environment and climate, (2) perceptions of tenure and promotion, (3) mentoring, and (4) work-family balance.  This report summarizes the results of the survey pertaining to these topics of interest to ADVANCE at Brown.


Satisfaction among Junior STEM and Non-STEM Faculty at Brown University: Comparisons of 2006 and 2008 COACHE Reports
First collected in 2006, the  Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) Survey captured tenure-track faculty members’ understandings of tenure and promotion practices and policies, satisfaction with research and teaching opportunities, and experiences of campus culture and collegiality.  The following highlight additional analyses comparing the experiences of STEM and non-STEM faculty over time (from 2006 to 2008) as well as comparing levels of satisfaction with other NSF ADVANCE institutions.


Space Allocation Study
The MIT Report on Women Faculty in Science (1999) highlighted the “hidden” sources of gender bias in academia. One such “hidden” source of inequality experienced by women faculty in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is office and lab space allocation. According to the report, the availability of adequate space – in terms of both quantity and quality – has the ability to affect researchers’ productivity and the quality of work life. As part of the requirements of the NSF ADVANCE grant, this report examines the gender distribution of space for faculty members in the STEM fields at Brown University during fiscal year 2010.

  Faculty Mentoring Programs Survey
Summary results of evaluations for 2010-11 participants of the One-to-One Faculty Mentoring Program and peer-mentoring groups.

STEM Women Full Professor Focus Group: Summary Results
Dr. Carrie Spearin of the Sociology Department conducted this focus group to examine STEM women full professors’ views on pursuing leadership opportunities and to identify needed support for faculty to assume such roles.


Faculty Mentoring Programs

Leadership Programs for Women Scientists



Faculty Perceptions of Institutional Climate & Advancement Opportunities
These findings come from the survey distributed in Fall 2008 by the ADVANCE Program.  ADVANCE’s external evaluator, Group Dimensions International, developed the instrument and analyzed the results.  The survey was administered to tenured and tenure-track faculty in the biological, life, and physical sciences and explored perceptions of women and men at the beginning of the Program’s escalating presence on campus (a “pre-test”).

Investing in Leadership Potential and Faculty Opportunities at Brown University
Our original proposal provides the framework of our program initiatives as well as quantitative data on which our outreach strategy was derived.