This a quick plug for the survey being done by the Faculty Senate's "Faculty Status and Welfare" committee. The survey is easy enough to take, and will as it happens introduce you to the Desire2Learn software package we will all need to learn to love as it replaces Blackboard next semester. It is not at all difficult to access the survey, even if you've never signed on to Desire2Learn before (as I hadn't) and the survey itself is as painless as you need it to be. It basically consists of a couple of open ended questions which you can answer at length (my response--surprise!) or very briefly, and a single multiple choice question on morale. Results are to be confidential, something the software should guarantee (you may leave your department name blank to assist in anonymity should you so choose).
Here's the link: https://online.siu.edu. Below the break, the email SIUC faculty should have received from Becky Armstrong.
TO ALL SIU FACULTY -- Make your voice heard on the rapid changes going on…
The Faculty Status and Welfare (FSW) Committee, a sub-committee of Faculty Senate, in the interests of increasing lines of communication campus-wide about recent and impending changes, have put together a quick survey to give all faculty the chance to (anonymously) share your thoughts with the rest of the campus community.
It need only take a few minutes, or as long as you’d like.
It would be especially valuable to provide campus constituency groups and decision-makers with your thoughts and concerns about your status and welfare as faculty, especially in relation to real or perceived changes such as:
· centralization of hiring decisions
· the perceived replacement of tenure track lines with non-tenure track lines
· faculty/student ratio
· level of university support, including travel funding
AND how these and other issues affect:
· the tenure process
The survey is confidential, and your name will not be associated with your comments. It will be available until MIDNIGHT on Friday, April 20th. The FSW Committee will go through the comments and thematize them into a report that will be shared with the entire campus community.
To participate in this survey, you will need to sign into Desire2Learn, which you can do at https://online.siu.edu using your regular Network ID and password. Once there, you will see under “My Courses” a link to “Faculty Senate 2102.” Click on this link, and then on the “Surveys” link on the black toolbar in the upper right corner. Then click on the link to “Faculty Status and Welfare Survey S’12.”
[If you do not yet have an activated network ID (or have lost or forgotten it), you can activate yours here: https://netid.siu.edu/ . Once you have activated your Network ID, please contact JP Dunn <email@example.com> so that he can add your Network ID to the system.]
Please report any technical problems to JP Dunn <firstname.lastname@example.org> and Lisa Brooten <email@example.com>.
Thanks, and we hope to hear from you!
Faculty Status and Welfare Committee, Faculty Senate