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Faculty, staff urged to complete career survey

- September 26, 2005

Faculty and staff at the Storrs and regional campuses will soon receive a survey about their perceptions of job and career opportunities at the University.

The project was initiated by the Women’s Center’s Advisory Board’s Recruitment and Retention Committee, and is funded by the Office of the Provost. It grew out of the Women’s Center’s strategic plan.

Kathleen Holgerson, director of the Women’s Center, says the survey is designed to “serve as an opportunity to collect information about institutional and individual supports and challenges to career development and offers faculty and staff a chance to provide input and suggestions to enhance the environment.

"We’ll see how well we’re doing in creating a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere.” She encourages people to complete the surveys, to help determine what issues need to be addressed by the University.

The Industrial Psychology Applications Center is overseeing the distribution and analysis of the surveys and collection of the data, and will issue a report when the project is complete.

Janet Barnes-Farrell, associate professor of industrial and organizational psychology and director of the Industrial Psychology Applications Center, says she hopes that both faculty and staff at the University – men and women – “will see this as an opportunity to express their opinions regarding their working environments.”

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