Faculty Thriving Quotient

n the decade that we have been studying college student thriving, we have clearly documented the vital role that faculty play in student thriving. Yet faculty often respond to data on student thriving with questions about how students can thrive if faculty themselves are not thriving. Attention to the predictors and campus elements supportive of faculty thriving can enable institutional leaders to more effectively serve their students by supporting their faculty.


The Faculty Thriving Quotient (FTQ) is a valid and reliable (ɑ = .94) instrument that assesses faculty flourishing based on Seligman’s (2011) well-being theory. The FTQ measures levels of psychological engagement, a sense of accomplishment, meaning/purpose, positive emotions, and relationships. It also collects demographic information and faculty responses to the predictors of thriving, including workload, external commitments and stressors, trust in administrative leadership, and feeling valued and adequately supported by the institution.


An institution can participate at any time during the year, but national norms are created each November and April. Click here to register. After you complete the online registration, we will send you a custom survey link and a sample email to send to all your full-time faculty. We will send one follow-up email to participants a week after the survey opens. The survey will close after two weeks.


There is no cost to participate; participating institutions will receive their raw data in Excel or SPSS format. Reports comparing faculty responses to the national norms are available for $250. Further analyses can be completed by directly contacting us.