Faculty with Mental Health Issues Survey

Dear Colleagues,

We (Margaret Price of Spelman College; Mark Salzer and Alyssa Balletta of Temple University; and Stephanie Kerschbaum of the University of Delaware) are conducting a survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/facultydisclosureproject) that aims to gather information about disclosures of mental health issues among faculty, and are hoping you can help us spread the word. If you are willing, we will greatly appreciate your sharing this message with colleagues and/or listservs that might be interested. This survey is IRB-approved, with Spelman College serving as the IRB of record.

This is the first large-scale survey that aims to gather information not only about how many faculty members experience mental health issues, but also what that experience is like and how it affects their work lives.

Who can take the survey: Anyone who has received mental-health care and/or a mental-health diagnosis. For the purposes of this study, faculty member means someone who is employed (part- or full-time) at an institution of higher education and is not a graduate student. Faculty members may have titles including “instructor,” “lecturer,” “professor,” or another title.

What the survey covers: The survey asks about topics including diagnoses, hospitalizations, relations with co-workers, and experiences of disclosure at work. We understand that some of these topics may be distressing or triggering, and we have taken great care to ensure that the survey is as safe as possible. It is completely anonymous, and participants may skip any questions they wish.

How long it takes: Pilot testers found that the survey takes about 15 minutes, although this will depend upon each participant’s particular speed and how much open-ended information is included.

Further information: If you have any questions about this research project, please email us at facultydisclosureproject at gmail dot com, or call Dr. Margaret Price at 404-270-5579. You may also email facultydisclosureproject at gmail dot com if you’d like to take part in the interview portion of the study but would rather not fill out the survey.

Confirming the validity of this message: If you wish to confirm the validity of this message, please feel free to contact any of us via our institutional contact information, given below.

Thank you very much for helping to spread the word.

Warmly,

Margaret Price (mprice at spelman dot edu / 404-270-5579)
Mark Salzer (msalzer at temple dot edu)
Alyssa Balletta (Alyssa.Balletta at temple dot edu)
Stephanie Kerschbaum (kersch at udel dot edu)