Wake Forest named one of 15 best places to work in academia

By Jacob McConnico
November 4, 2005

Wake Forest University ranks eighth among America's 15 "Best Places to Work in Academia," according to rankings published Nov. 4 by The Scientist magazine. Wake Forest is the only North Carolina school on the list.

Best Places to Work in Academia

The rankings, which were published on The Scientist's Web site Nov. 4 and will appear in the Nov. 7 issue of the magazine, are based on survey results received from more than 2,600 academics. The survey was e-mailed to more than 40,000 readers of The Scientist and to registrants on the magazine's Web site who identified themselves as tenured or tenure-track life scientists working at non-commercial research institutions in the United States, Canada, Western Europe or Israel.

Respondents were asked to assess their working conditions and environments by indicating their level of agreement with 41 criteria in eight different areas.

The Scientist reports it received 2,603 valid survey responses, representing 135 individual institutions. The academics who responded to this year's survey rated relationships with their peers, a sense of accomplishment in their work, and access to research resources as the ingredients that make for a great workplace.

Mark Welker, William L. Poteat Professor of Chemistry and associate provost for research, said the ranking is gratifying because it demonstrates that the university's scientists like working at Wake Forest.

"Wake Forest University is pleased to receive this recognition from The Scientist and its employees," Welker said. "We have worked hard to foster a collegial, professional environment among life scientists within our medical school and College of Arts and Sciences."

The Scientist, now in its 20th year, is targeted to life scientists, and offers "a unique blend of trustworthy and accessible information on research, technology, careers and business."

Clemson University in Clemson, S.C., ranked first on the list of Best Places to Work in Academia. The entire list is available to The Scientist subscribers at http://www.the-scientist.com/bptw/bptw_home. Members of the media who would like access to the full text of the article and survey methodology should contact pr@the-scientist.com.