SENATE RESEARCH OFFICERS COMMITTEE SURVEY

 

 FOR STAFF ASSOCIATES AND SENIOR STAFF ASSOCIATES

 

 

General Information

 

Title: Senior Staff Associate___,   Staff Associate___.

Age group: Under 26___, 26-35___, 36-45___, 46-55___, 56-65___, Over 65___.

Gender: Male___,   Female___.

Number of years employed at Columbia___.

Number of years in current position___.

Highest degree earned: BS/BA___, MS/MA___, PhD___, MD/DDS___, other_________.

 

 

Campus: Morningside___,   Health Sciences___,   Lamont___,   Other___.

Department/Center/Institute________________________________.

 

1. How would you characterize your primary responsibilities?

 

      Mostly research with little administration___,  

      More research than administration___,  

      Equal amounts of research and administration___,  

      More administration than research___,  

      Mostly administration with little  research___.

 

 

Acknowledgment & Recognition

 

How important are the following issues to you?

 

2.  Having an opportunity to participate in or contribute to the analysis of data.

 

      Very important___,   Important___,   Neutral___,   Unimportant___,   Does not apply___.

 

 

3.  Co-author status on manuscripts or abstracts to which you made significant contributions.

     

     Very important___,   Important___,   Neutral___,   Unimportant___,   Does not apply___.

 

 

4.   Acknowledgment in abstracts and publications to which you made less significant or minor contributions.

    

      Very important___,   Important___,   Neutral___,   Unimportant___,   Does not apply___.

 

 

5.  Periodic performance evaluation and feedback (written and/or verbal).

 

      Very important___,   Important___,   Neutral___,   Unimportant___,   Does not apply___.

 

 

6. Attending national/international courses and conferences related to your research work.

 

      Very important___,   Important___,   Neutral___,   Unimportant___,   Does not apply___.

 

 

Administrative Training

 

If you are responsible for staff supervision, please answer the next three questions.  All others please skip to Question 10:

 

7.  Have you received adequate training and support in appraising the performance of the staff you supervise?

 

Yes___,    No ___,   No opinion___.

 

 

8.  Have you received adequate training and support in University or Medical Center administrative policies and procedures?

 

                                    Yes ___,   No ___,   No opinion___.

 

 

9.  Have you received adequate training and support in disciplinary issues?

 

Yes___,    No ___,    No opinion___.

 

 

Benefits

 

10.  Has the university adequately informed you about the benefits of your position  (i.e., educational benefits, vacations, etc.)?   

 

                                   Yes ___,   No ___,   No opinion___.               

 

 

11.  For Staff Associates only, how important would it be for you to be eligible for the retirement plan in the first two years?

 

      Very important___,   Important___,   Neutral___,   Unimportant___,   Does not apply___.

 

 

12.  Please rate your satisfaction level with Columbia dental plans.

 

        Very satisfied___,   Satisfied ___,   Neutral___,   Dissatisfied ___,    Does not apply___.

 

 

13.  Please rate your satisfaction level with Columbia medical plans.

 

        Very satisfied___,   Satisfied ___,   Neutral___,   Dissatisfied ___,    Does not apply___.

 

 

14.  Please tell us your current yearly salary (this is an optional question; all answers are confidential).

 

30,000-34,999___,      35,000-39,999___,      40,000-44,999___,      45,000-49,999___,

50,000-54,999___,      55,000-59,999___,      60,000-64,999___,      65,000-69,999___,

70,000-74,999___,      75,000-79,999___,      80,000 or more___,     Other_______.

 

 

15. When was the last time you received a salary increase?

                       

___Last July 1, ___years ago,  ____Never.

 

 

16.  How often do you normally receive salary increases?

 

                                    Every ____ year(s),      Never­­___.                  

 

                                     

17.  How well are you able to support yourself and, if applicable, your family on your current salary?

 

      Very well___,   Well___,   Adequately___,   Poorly___,   With extreme difficulty___.

 

 

18. For those who commute by car, how satisfied are you with available parking arrangements?

 

        Very satisfied___,   Satisfied ___,   Neutral___,   Dissatisfied ___,    Does not apply___.

 

 

19. If you’re dissatisfied with parking arrangements, please say why:

 

                        Cost of parking___,   Availability of parking___,   Other reasons___.

 

 

20. Do you live in Columbia University housing?

 

                                                Yes___,   No___.

 

 

21. If you do not live in Columbia housing, how important would it be for you to have this benefit?

 

      Very important___,   Important___,   Neutral___,   Unimportant___,   Does not apply___.

 

 

22. For parents, how satisfied are you with the child care services available to you?

 

        Very satisfied___,   Satisfied ___,   Neutral___,   Dissatisfied ___,    Does not apply___.

 

 

23. For parents who do not use Columbia-supported childcare programs, would such a program be an important benefit for you?

 

       Very important___,   Important___,   Neutral___,   Unimportant___,   Does not apply___.

 

 

24. For foreign nationals, how important would it be for you to have Columbia University sponsor your green card application?

 

      Very important___,   Important___,   Neutral___,   Unimportant___,   Does not apply___.

 

 

Career Enhancement

 

25.  As a Staff or Senior Staff Associate, have you taken non-degree courses at Columbia University?

 

                                    Yes___,   No___.

 

 

26.  Do you plan to take non-degree courses at Columbia University?

 

                                    Yes___,   No___.

 

 

27.  As a Staff or Senior Staff Associate, have you taken courses toward a degree at Columbia University?

 

                                    Yes___,   No___.

 

 

28.  Do you plan to take courses toward a degree at Columbia University?

 

                                    Yes___,   No___.

 

 

29. If you hold the Ph.D. or the equivalent, would you be interested in a title change to Associate Research Scientist or another professional research officer title?

 

                                    Yes___,   No___.

 

 

Work Environment

 

30. When do you normally receive your appointment renewal letter (please give a number)?

 

___ month(s) in advance,     ___week(s) in advance,  ___ week(s) late,  _____month(s) late,  ___ not at all.

 

 

31.  How important to you is timely notice that your appointment will be renewed?

 

       Very important ___,   Important ___,   Neutral ___,   Unimportant ___,   Does not apply___.

 

 

32.  How would you rate the working environment in your unit (department, institute, center) ?

 

         Very positive___,   Positive ___,   Neutral ___,   Negative ___,   Very negative___.

 

 

33.  How would you rate the overall working environment of Columbia University? 

 

         Very positive___,   Positive ___,   Neutral ___,   Negative ___,   Very negative___.

 

 

34.  How do you rate your awareness of the job expectations for your position?

 

        Well informed___,   Informed___,   Poorly informed___,   Totally uninformed___.

 

 

35.  How do you rate your awareness of the termination policy regarding your position?

 

        Well informed___,   Informed___,   Poorly informed___,   Totally uninformed___.

 

 

Please feel free to add any other comments or elaborate on any question above: