Beyond Anecdote: New Tools to Decipher the Causes and Costs of Faculty Exit


Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 9:30am to 6:30pm


University of California Irvine

Can you find out in one phone call how many faculty left your university in the last year, why they left, what it cost you—and how the answers compare at other universities? Such attrition data are elementary to admissions and development officers; they know where their constituents came from, where they went, and why. The answers for faculty—the exceptional and expensive talent necessary to higher education—are more elusive.

This year, the University of California and COACHE—the Harvard-based Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education—teamed up to assess the institutional costs and the faculty experiences of retention and departure. This Roundtable will be the first to share their findings, then to leverage the collective wisdom of other scholars and of academic leaders like you in order to better understand and retain faculty who have a chance to leave.

What are the Roundtable’s objectives?

  • Brief academic leaders on the latest research about the causes, costs, and leadership challenges of faculty departure and the “counteroffer culture”.
  • Invite critical input on a faculty exit survey piloted by COACHE at UC and now available to research universities nationwide.
  • Identify evidence-based practices for (a) better data collected about, and (b) better outcomes in faculty retention and exit.
  • Equip participants with tools, resources, and strategies for assessing and reducing faculty turnover.
  • Launch a research-practice partnership of academic leaders who wish to improve faculty exit and retention outcomes.

Who should attend?

The Roundtable is designed for Academic Leaders making decisions about faculty retention and recruitment at Research Universities.  It will bring together Chief Academic Officers, Provosts and Vice Provosts, Deans, Faculty leaders, and others with responsibilities to retain productive faculty. The Roundtable will also benefit from the presence of scholars who study the academic labor market, survey research in education, and organizational behavior in colleges and universities.

What is the agenda?

We will start at 9:30 a.m. with breakfast and our keynote speaker at 10:00 am. We will conclude with a reception at 5:00 p.m. Over the course of the day, we will together engage with:

  • recent scholarship on understanding faculty departure (not just satisfaction) at multiple levels;
  • current institutional approaches to evaluating faculty departure;
  • methods and findings from the COACHE-UC survey of faculty exit and retention;
  • promising practices gleaned from the scholarship and the COACHE-UC study; and
  • developing a broader agenda for faculty retention and productivity.

A Roundtable report will be made freely available to all participants later in the year.

What about the location and travel details?

The Roundtable will be held at the University of California Irvine Student Center, which offers easy parking and a short cab ride from John Wayne Airport (OCA).  The UCI Student Center is located on the east side of the UC Irvine campus, at the intersection of West Peltason Drive and Pereira Drive.

Pacific Ballroom C
Student Center & Event Services
University of California, Irvine
A311 Student Center
Irvine, CA  92697-250

Parking. The parking structure is located on Pereira Drive, across the street. Maps for the UCI Student Center and Parking Structure and UCI Campus and Parking more generally provide greater detail. All vehicles parked on the campus are required to display a valid parking permit. Permit dispensers are available at all times and accept major credit cards and cash. You can find more details about permits by clicking here.  

Hotels. There are several hotels located near the UCI campus. Please see below for a partial list:

Hotel Irvine
17900 Jamboree Road (1.5 miles from campus)
Irvine, CA 92614
Phone (866) 396-4201

Irvine Marriott
18000 Von Karman Avenue (2.5 miles from campus)
Irvine, CA 92612
Phone (949) 553-0100

Ayres Hotel & Suites Costa Mesa
325 Bristol Street (3.1 miles from campus)
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Phone (800) 322-9992

Based on availability, local hotels may offer a special campus rate.  When booking a room, please inquire whether or not there is a “UCI” rate available.

How do I register?

There is no fee to register. However, as space is limited, an invitation is required. If you have an invitation and would like to RSVP--or if you would like to request an invitation--please contact or call (617) 496-9344 by March 25, 2016.

Registration Closed