Gainesville Sun: Working climate at UF not good, union survey finds

Gainesville Sun, By , Staff writer, Published: Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.

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Excerpt: Swamped by paperwork, mistrustful of an administration seen as unresponsive, frustrated by a lack of communication and fearful of voicing dissent, University of Florida faculty are an unhappy lot, according to a first-ever survey by the United Faculty of Florida.

On the other hand, the survey results show, the faculty overwhelmingly agree they are free to pursue their own research and enjoy a great deal of academic freedom in the classroom. Yet the faculty members are nearly evenly divided on whether they feel free to voice opposition to the administration.

The UFF-UF Faculty Climate Survey of 2013, released on its website June 1, received responses from 635 faculty in 10 different colleges and departments — 40 percent of the 1,670 faculty members covered by the collective bargaining agreement.

Noting the high response rate, UFF-UF President John Biro said, “It does indicate the faculty is interested and concerned about the climate on campus, their work and how they are supported by the administration.”

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