A Message from the Dean

Dean Nancy CoxThe university conducted the UK @ Work Survey in 2015.  The survey, designed to give useful information on many measures of job satisfaction at UK, was completed by approximately 30% of CAFE faculty and staff.  All unit leaders in the college received unit-specific results of the survey, as long as there were 10 or more responses from their units. In general, average scores of job satisfaction were higher for our college than the overall “Provost Units” average, and were higher for staff than for faculty. We are certainly proud that our college results were positive in many ways. 

There are some goals our college administrative team, along with chairs and unit directors, have been working on, and we created Action Steps associated with these goals at the unit and college levels. Some responses that concerned the leadership team were about inadequate facilities, communication from leadership, and compensation. Therefore, we have been seeking ways to improve the work environment in CAFE in several arenas, and have made several accomplishments along the way. You will continue hearing from the college administration and your unit director about further plans to improve the work environment to the extent we can.  While it is hard for us to affect building infrastructure in the short run, we are trying to be more responsive in working with physical plant for on-campus buildings.  As to communication, we will continue to send frequent updates on progress for this UK Work Action Plan. As to compensation, Goal 3 of the CAFE Strategic Plan relates to supporting staff and faculty.