Building on its previous surveys of UNM faculty, Advance at UNM is conducting a comprehensive climate survey with the goal of understanding and improving programs to recruit, retain and support all faculty.

The survey of full-time main campus faculty is open now, and invitations have been emailed to faculty members. Advance at UNM encourages faculty including new faculty to complete the survey before the fall semester ends.


Past survey information has helped improve the implementation of UNM’s parental leave policy, develop the WeR1 Faculty Success initiative, and support on-going efforts to increase equity and transparency in the promotion and tenure process.  The Advance climate surveys are unique in their focus on issues affecting full-time faculty, as they deep-dive into faculty members’ experiences and how faculty can be supported in achieving their goals. 

Since the first Advance climate survey was launched in 2016, the team has continued taking the pulse of faculty climate every two to three years, providing insight into areas that have improved and those that need addressing over time. For instance, based on results from a 2020 climate survey and 2022 pandemic impact survey done by Advance, this fall’s survey continues to include items on faculty well-being and caregiving.

“This survey is a key mechanism through which faculty can express their voice to UNM administrators. By knowing what is going well and what needs improvement, we can bolster institutional climate,” said Lisa Marchiondo, an associate professor of management at the Anderson School of Management.

Results from this fall’s survey will provide feedback about how faculty are faring after the COVID-19 pandemic. Aggregated results will be shared with the UNM academic leadership and faculty and will shape faculty support and retention efforts, as well as influence Advance’s priorities and programs. Advance expects to have a report on the results before the end of the Spring 2024 semester.  

“Tracking changes in faculty well-being and perceptions of climate is essential for understanding which policies and practices are effective and which new endeavors should be pursued to support faculty. We’re grateful to faculty who participate and shape the future of UNM,” said Marchiondo, who also is a member of the Advance leadership team.

Survey participants may skip questions at any point. Survey data will be de-identified, and Advance will not release or publicize any disaggregated information from the survey unless the groups are sufficiently large to preserve the anonymity of respondents. The study is being implemented under UNM IRB #2306063193.  

The unique survey link will come in an email from “Advance at UNM” It may go to “other” rather than your “focused” mailbox. 

Any questions about the survey can be sent to