During pandemic, UW instructors prioritized students while facing many new challenges, according to surveys

UW instructors have responded to the pandemic by redoubling their efforts, spending more time preparing for class, adapting to new technology, and interacting with and supporting their students. And they’ve done so while facing an array of personal and professional challenges that have increased both their workload and their stress levels.

These are the results from two recent surveys conducted by the university. The Office of the Provost conducted a survey of all fall 2020 faculty and staff instructors, and the Graduate School surveyed graduate student teaching assistants (TAs) and lecturer student assistants (LSAs). The faculty and staff instructor survey included questions from previous surveys to allow for comparisons.

“We are deeply grateful for — and somewhat in awe of — what our faculty and staff have done in extremely difficult circumstances. Their commitment to our students has not faltered,” says John Zumbrunnen, vice provost for teaching and learning. “In many ways, the survey results confirm something we already knew: Online teaching is more work, not less.”

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Also see the full survey reports: faculty and staff key findings report, faculty and staff qualitative report and the TA and LSA survey summary.