The Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey has focused since its inception on capturing an accurate picture of faculty members' practices, attitudes, and needs. In the fifth triennial cycle, fielded in fall 2012, the survey focused on research and teaching practices broadly, as well as the dissemination, collecting, discovery, and access of research and teaching materials. Findings from this cycle of the Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey will provide colleges and universities, libraries, learned societies, and academic publishers with insight into the evolving attitudes and practices of faculty members in the context of substantial environmental change for higher education.
Major topics covered by the survey include:
- Research processes: The processes through which scholars perform their research, focusing principally on the use of research materials in secondary and primary research.
- Teaching practices: The pedagogical methods that faculty members are adopting and the ways that they draw on content and support services in their teaching.
- Scholarly communications:Formal and informal methods by which scholars communicate with each other, the ways in which the types of materials and information exchanged in these processes are evolving, and needs for various kinds of publishing support services.
- The library: How faculty members perceive the roles and value of their institutional library, touching on the roles the library plays in supporting many of the above activities.
- Scholarly societies:How faculty members perceive the roles and value of their primary scholarly society, including in supporting both formal and informal communications between scholars.
In addition to the report of findings which is available for download, the underlying dataset is being deposited with ICPSR for preservation and access. (Editors note: The current data set was not yet available at time of posting (28 May 2013), but data from 3 earlier studies is available.)