“We at the AAMC believe faculty are your institutions’ single most valuable resource. We know that it is important to keep faculty engaged and build strong workplace cultures to drive performance in our core missions.”
AAMC Chief Academic Affairs Officer
John Prescott, M.D.
"Understanding the strategic role played by faculty satisfaction is vital to the success of our institutions."
AAMC President and CEO
Darrell G. Kirch, M.D.
Faculty Forward seeks to support academic medical centers in creating “best places to work” that engage and retain the talented employees needed to achieve the unique mission of each institution and improve the health of the nation.
Faculty Forward is committed to assisting academic medical centers in measuring, understanding, and improving the institutional work environment, recognizing both the human and organizational dimensions of the talent management imperative unique to academic medicine.
Developed in 2009, Faculty Forward is an AAMC program designed to assist academic health centers attract top talent and retain exceptional faculty and staff. We offer surveys and tools to assess the engagement, satisfaction, and retention of full- and part-time medical school faculty; medical school staff; and educators in schools of nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, allied health and other health professions. Our engagement surveys are specifically designed and validated to address the unique culture of academic medicine.
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Faculty Forward Engagement Survey
The collection and utilization of faculty data helps leaders make informed decisions about improving the workplace. Designed to address the issues unique to academic medical centers, this research-validated survey measure engagement among full- and part-time medical school faculty.
Since 2009, one-third of U.S. medical schools have participated in the Faculty Forward Engagement Survey, with over 30,000 faculty responding. Data from the survey has been included in more than 30 scholarly publications and presentations.
Staff Success Engagement Survey
Academic medicine staff can outnumber faculty and are essential to an institution’s operations, yet little is known about their professional needs. To create strong workplace cultures within medical schools, leaders need to understand staff engagement.
A companion of the AAMC Faculty Forward Engagement Survey, this survey accesses the distinct workplace experiences of academic medicine staff.
Faculty Forward Engagement Survey for Health Professions
As academic medicine increasingly advocates for inter-professional education and health care teams, it is important to assess the need of faculty in all health professions.
The AAMC offers the Faculty Forward Engagement Survey for Health Professions to schools of nursing, dentistry, allied health, pharmacy, and other health professions to allow institutions to measure engagement across health professions to allow institutions to measure engagement across health science centers and identify areas for collaboration in building high-preforming organizations.
Faculty Forward Flyer
Download the Faculty Forward Flyer for a quick reference guide to the program and service offerings.
Why Is Employee Engagement Important?
Research shows that engaged individuals give more than is expected of them in their workplace and are happy to do so. Furthermore, engaged employees have a sense of mission and passion that motivate them to give exceptional effort to their work. However, in order to be fully engaged, employees need the resources, support, and tools from the organization to act on, or drive, their sense of mission and passion. Highly engaged faculty members are not just interested in their work, they are invested in the success of your entire organization. Engaged, committed faculty members raise the level of organizational performance and pursue longer careers at your institution. Their enthusiasm is contagious, and the environment they create in their departments and laboratories is more likely to attract highly qualified recruits.
Faculty Forward Learning Community
Tools and resources for institutions currently administering the Faculty Forward Engagement Survey.
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