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Robert Blouin, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, encourages faculty to participate in an important national survey of faculty job satisfaction.

Dear Colleagues:

I write to remind you of an important opportunity you will be offered in the coming days to participate in an important national survey of faculty job satisfaction. This will be your last invitation and I write to encourage you to complete the survey which allows UNC-Chapel Hill to be compared to an array of U.S. universities.

This survey is part of a program called the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE), which has been operating from the Harvard Graduate School of Education since 2003.

Please note that the COACHE Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey was designed specifically for faculty, and is not the same as the UNC System employee survey you were previously asked to complete. The COACHE survey dives much deeper into academic workplace and career issues that matter greatly to college and university faculty.

Your views are especially important to us as we strive to attract and retain the best and brightest scholars and teachers, increase the satisfaction of all faculty, and make the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill a great place to work.

We welcome this opportunity to learn from this independent, research-driven, comparative study. However, data from the COACHE study will be meaningful only if we have broad participation.

Within days, you will receive a final email from COACHE ( providing you with a unique link to the online survey. COACHE will not use any name or email address for any purpose except for this research. The survey is easy to complete and should take less than 25 minutes.

This survey project was approved by the institutional review boards at both Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The COACHE survey administrators at Harvard will receive the survey submissions and protect the confidentiality of the data. Neither I, nor any other administrator, staff, or faculty will have access to individually identifiable responses. If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Dr. Lynn Williford at here at Carolina or COACHE at

Thank you in advance by helping us through participation in this study.


Robert A. Blouin

Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost