In 2013, as a follow-up to the Report of the Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford (SUES), the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE) administered a survey on undergraduate teaching to 3,022 current members of the professoriate (tenure line, non–tenure line, and Medical Center line), active emeriti, and Academic Staff-Teaching across all seven schools at Stanford. To our knowledge, this was the first systematic study of undergraduate teaching conducted on campus.
Designed to produce a better understanding of current faculty practices, interests, and needs regarding engagement with undergraduates, the survey focused on perceived rewards for participating in undergraduate education, experiences with undergraduate education, and teaching interests and practices. The questionnaire drew a 51% response rate overall and a 54% response rate from tenure-line faculty, giving confidence that the views analyzed represented those of a sizeable portion of the faculty. Over 100 survey respondents also accepted an invitation for a follow-up telephone or in-person interview. The interviews enabled deeper probes into the issues in undergraduate education most on the minds of highly engaged faculty and lecturers.
This report, released today following a presentation to the Faculty Senate by VPUE Harry Elam, shares the most important insights from the survey analysis and interviews and makes consequent recommendations to enhance support for teaching and the productive pairing of teaching and research at Stanford.