publication date: Nov. 7, 2014

UT System (Again) Directs DePinho To Cure MD Anderson Faculty Angst

Over the past two years, four separate surveys attempted to gauge the level of faculty morale and satisfaction at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

All produced similar results: faculty morale is low, and a large proportion of the faculty says the administration is tone-deaf to their needs. The executive leadership is seen as not appropriately responding to internal issues.

The latest survey—conducted by the UT System and reported on Nov. 3—allows comparison with the earlier efforts.

The MD Anderson Faculty Senate administered two recent surveys of the faculty (The Cancer Letter, Jan. 18, 2013, March 29, 2013, Sept. 20, 2013). MD Anderson’s administration attempted to accomplish the same task in its biennial BIG Survey of the faculty and staff (The Cancer Letter, May 24, 2014).

The UT System’s foray into the business of measuring the feelings of MD Anderson faculty members is evidence of how seriously it takes the situation at the Houston-based institution. Commenting on the results, UT System officials said that they continue to expect Ronald DePinho, the cancer center’s president, to make improvements.

“The Chancellor and I have shared the survey results with [MD Anderson] President Ronald DePinho and the executive leadership team,” wrote Raymond Greenberg, the UT System executive vice chancellor for health affairs, in a letter accompanying the survey results. “In so doing, we have emphasized our desire for a renewed, constructive and … Continue reading 40-42 Gauging Discontent

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