In Spring 2021, 580 faculty members completed the UFF-FSU Faculty Poll.
Highlights from the survey!
- 80% felt that across-the board raises for cost-of-living increase should be a high priority.
- 54% felt that UFF should work towards advocating for healthcare (31% a lot; 23% all it can)
- 59% felt that UFF should work towards advocating for retirement benefits (31% a lot, 28% all it can)
- 72% opposed or strongly opposed legislation that would allow university presidential searches to be in secret.
- 87% opposed or strongly opposed legislation that would allow concealed carry permit holders to carry guns on campus.
- 64% agree or strongly agree that FSU administrators have inappropriately high salaries compared with FSU faculty.
- 69% agree or strongly agree that participation in faculty governance is an ethical obligation and engage accordingly.
- 51% agree or strongly agree that assignments to teach online should be given only to faculty who volunteer to teach online.
- 79% feel very positive or somewhat positive toward the UFF-FSU Chapter.
In the comments:
- Salary compression is getting worse and worse.
- Teaching professors have significantly lower salaries by about $20K than the national average.
- Important to get tuition scholarships for spouses and dependents.
- We need more tenure lines, and with a special focus of hiring African-American, Latinx, and Indigenous tenured / tenure-track faculty.
Nearly 600 FSU faculty members participated in the Spring, 2020 UFF-FSU Faculty Poll in late February and early March. They offered opinions on salaries, bargaining priorities, legislative issues, professional climate, administrator performance, the UFF-FSU Chapter, and various other matters. Many offered comments. Reports summarizing results, with or without comments are available.
Notably before the coronavirus pandemic loomed large on most Americans’ radar; a “pollster’s nightmare.” A diverse and generally representative sample of FSU faculty views as of March 1, but no doubt a poll today would reveal new faculty concerns.
- Salary preferences shifted toward cost-of-living increases, now 87%, with both merit and market equity raises prioritized by 50-some percent. Similar results in a forced-choice question, but both cost-of-living and market equity increases gained popularity while merit increases lost support.
- Non-salary priorities: Healthcare, a phased retirement option that includes healthcare coverage, and retirement benefits were top priorities (for 60%-plus).
- General satisfaction with FSU’s direction and assessments of faculty morale were both down noticeably (7-10 percentage points). Faculty are less satisfied and perceive lower morale among their colleagues.
- Percent of faculty agreeing that online teaching should be on a voluntary basis rose 5 percentage points, and the share agreeing that incentives should be used to induce online teaching rose about the same amount.
- Slight drop (3 percentage points) in faculty satisfaction with use of web applications such as FEAS and Academic Analytics for tracking faculty performance.
- Administrator evaluations: Slight drops (2-3 points) for most. President Thrasher still gets the best ratings, followed by department chairs and then deans.
- UFF-FSU Chapter rating also dropped 2 points.
- A drop in professional climate ratings for colleges (5 points).
- A relatively large drop in perceptions that faculty efforts are rewarded (8 points).
Spring 2020 Faculty Poll with Comments
Spring 2020 Faculty Poll without Comments
The poll results, versions with and without comments, are available as PDFs below.