How IU Uses Vitality & 360 Survey Data

IUSM OFAPD is a national leader, not only in research on faculty vitality, but also in putting this research to use to improve the organizational context for faculty and yield institutional outcomes that matter. For example:

  • The IUSM tenure probationary period was lengthened from seven to nine years, an initiative that is cited as a national exemplar of faculty policy reform.
  • Executive recruitment practices were improved to align search and screen procedures around core leadership competencies.
  • The number of new underrepresented minority faculty hired has increased significantly in recent years. Between 2000 and 2005, the average number of new underrepresented minority faculty hired per year was 4.8; since then, the average per year is 11.2.
  • Similarly, the recruitment of women faculty has also increased sharply. Since 2006-2007, women have represented 39% of new faculty hires on average, with 46% as the highest proportion in a single year.
  • Through advocacy by OFAPD and a subcommittee of the IUSM Women’s Advisory Council, a paid maternity leave policy was approved in the newly merged multi-specialty practice plan.

Thus, the Faculty Vitality Survey© is not simply an isolated research project. It is an essential element of systemic approach to faculty and organizational development. Results for the Vitality Survey provide rich data upon which change can be made.

Leadership Development
Data from the 360˚survey in 2010 and faculty vitality survey© in 2011 reported that leadership skills were a key factor in the success of department chairs, and ultimately the vitality of the faculty. In a two-part response, OFAPD first developed a Chairs Leadership Development series—a collection of quarterly workshops designed to encourage chairs to consider ways to build skills in team development, mentoring, and faculty recruiting. Secondly, OFAPD has improved search and screen procedures in order to hire motivated chairs and faculty who are a good fit with our institution. With the recent hire of an Executive Recruiting Specialist OFAPD will share these processes and programs with academic units across the institution.