Teaching Culture Perception Survey

What is the Institutional Teaching Culture Perception Survey?

The institutional teaching culture perception survey (TCPS) was created in partnership with 9 Canadian universities and is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Council (SSHRC). It seeks to explore how instructors’, staff members’ and students’ perceive teaching at their institutions.  The survey consists of questions related to 6 categories:

  • Prioritization and support of teaching.
  • Assessment of teaching.
  • Approaches to teaching.
  • Infrastructure for teaching.
  • Engagement around teaching.
  • Recognition of teaching.

Why does teaching culture matter?

An institution with a strong teaching culture can lead to improved:

  • Student engagement and learning (Cox, McIntosh, Reason, & Terenzini, 2011; Grayson & Grayson, 2003)
  • Instructor and learner experiences (Kezar & Eckel, 2002)
  • Student persistence (Berger & Braxton, 1998)

How do I access the survey?

Check your Brock email account for an invitation to participate, which will include the link to the survey. If you require the link to be re-sent, please email teachingculture@brocku.ca

What does participation involve?

If you volunteer to participate, you will be asked to complete a 20-minute online survey anonymously. Throughout the survey, you may decline to answer any questions and you can withdraw your participation at any time. There are no known or anticipated risks from participating in this study. Your decision regarding participation will not affect your academic standing or position at Brock University.

Upon completion of the survey, undergraduate and graduate students will be invited to participate in a draw for 1 of 2 $400 gift certificates to Pen Centre Mall (see below for more details).

Any information you provide will be confidential. The website is programmed to collect responses alone and will not collect any information that could potentially identify you. The data, with no personal identifiers, collected from this study will be maintained on a password-protected computer database in a restricted access area of the university. As well, the data will be electronically archived and maintained for five years.

Completion and submission of the online survey indicates your consent to participate.

How do students enter the draw for a $400 award?

Students can enter a draw to win 1 of 2 $400 gift certificates to Pen Centre Mall. Your odds of winning one of the prizes are based on the number of individuals who complete the survey.


Student participants that submit their responses to the Institutional Teaching Culture Perception Survey can enter into a random draw for 1 of 2 $400 awards to the Pen Centre Mall. Eligibility for the draw opens on March 5th at 8:30am and closes on March 26th at 11:59pm.

To enter the draw, students will be asked to provide their names and contact information at the end of the survey. Any contact information collected for the draw will remain confidential. It will be stored separately and deleted once the draw is complete.

By entering the contest and voluntarily providing personal information including name, email and student ID, you are granting us permission to collect and use the information for the purpose of administering the contest and selecting the winner.

Right to Disqualify:

The University reserves the right to disqualify any entry not conforming to these Rules and Regulations at any time. The University assumes no responsibility for entry fraud committed by an entrant and reserves the right to demand return of the prize and all costs associated with remedying any prize awarded to an ineligible entry or entrant.

The University is not responsible for any incomplete, failed or delayed transmission of your submission due to the internet, including interruption or delays caused by equipment or software malfunction or other technical difficulties.

Winner Selection:

The winners of the $400 awards will be selected in a random draw from eligible entries the week of April 2nd. Your odds of winning one of the $400 awards will depend on the number of individuals that enter into the draw. The award winner will be contacted by the Project Coordinator within five business days of the draw by email.

What if I have questions about the study?

This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through a Brock University Research Ethics Committee (17-191). If you have questions for the Committee contact the Research Ethics Office, at 905-688-5550 ext. 305 or reb@brocku.ca

For all other questions, contact teachingculture@brocku.ca

Information about the Institutional Teaching Culture project is available at https://qualityteachingculture.wordpress.com/. For information about results from the Brock University study, please contact Dr. Jill Grose at jgrose@brocku.ca.