Concerns: Reporting Back

Your feedback to the University may just drop down a black hole, but your feedback to GWUFA is right here.

Thank you for participating in the survey GWUFA sent out. We’ll talk about the results at the meeting on Monday (June 15, 3-5pm!), and we include the details here.

GWUFA Survey Results

As of 8 am on Saturday, June 13 we have had 121 participants. Number of respondents to each category in parentheses.

Employment Status:

  • Tenured faculty (71, 60%)
  • Full-time faculty (Contract, specialized, etc) (36, 30%)
  • Tenure-track faculty (8, 7%)
  • Part-time faculty (4, 3%)
  • Emeritus (1)

Primary Schools:

  • CCAS (85, 72%)
  • ESIA (8, 7%)
  • School of Business (6, 5%)
  • GSEHD (5, 4%)

Primary academic responsibilities identified:

  • Department chair/program director (54, 70%)
  • Departmental director of Graduate or Undergraduate Studies (28, 36%)
  • Faculty Senate (16, 20%)
  • Dean’s Council (14, 18%)

Teaching Preferences:

  • Online-only (54, 45%)
  • Hybrid (22, 18%)
  • In-person with strict social distancing, testing, and tracing (19, 16%)
  • In-person, as normal (7, 6%)
  • Several comments saying it depends on the public health situation in late August
  • Several comments that different classes may require different solutions (labs, etc)

Faculty plans to request accommodations:

  • No (50, 43%)
  • Yes (48, 41%)
  • Prefer not to answer (18, 16%)

Top concerns, by ranking:

  • Health of students and others in the GW community (88, 73%)
  • Lack of concrete information (84, 70%)
  • The effectiveness of social distancing/testing/cleaning policies (81, 68%)
  • My Health (71, 60%)
  • Health of family members or others living in my home (71, 60%)
  • Policy changes implemented by the administration (66, 55%)
  • The unpredictability of the semester (61, 50%)
  • Equity of access to education (53, 44%)
  • Transportation (50, 42%)
  • Uncertainties regarding employment status (48, 40%)
  • Caregiving responsibilities (34, 28%)
  • Access to course materials (13, 11%)
  • Other points brought up: Blackboard, layoffs, intellectual property of online courses, lack of trust in the admin, course cuts (due to enrollments), health of staff (particularly food workers, cleaners, etc), TAs

Narrative comments about administrative response:

  • Lack of transparency from the administration, from finances (endowment) to safety (including maintenance of our facilities and air circulation)
  • Admin using this crisis to advance their own agendas
  • How does health policy work for instructors and students (if faculty get sick, how do dorms work, etc)
  • Information overload—so many emails, so many demands
  • Need more on concerns about racism on campus
  • Need for renewed shared governance, GWUFA and the Faculty Senate working together

Additional narrative comments:

  • Lack of academic training among trustees
  • Threats to smaller programs
  • Concerns about contingent faculty contracts, cuts, etc
  • Constructive feedback to GWUFA Steering Committee on our own priorities (duly noted, thank you!)

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GWUFA is a grass-roots, faculty-run organization and has no official relation to the university administration or the Faculty Senate.

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