ERIC Number: ED205113
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-May
Reference Count: 0
A Three Decade Comparison of College Faculty Characteristics, Satisfactions, Activities, and Attitudes. AIR Forum 1981 Paper.
Willie, Reynold; Stecklein, John E.
Information about personal background; professional activities; job-related attitudes, satisfactions, and dissatisfactions; and career appraisal was gathered by means of a questionnaire administered to a 25 percent random sample, stratified by rank, of full-time faculty in Minnesota's accredited, nontheological colleges and universities. Results of the survey were compared to results of earlier surveys in 1956 and 1968 using the same instrument with similar samples. The data suggest that the professoriate has remained relatively unchanged during the two and one-half decades covered by the three surveys. Its members are likely to be male, married, and middle-aged. The results of efforts to increase the number of women have not substantially changed the ratio of men to women, although minor changes have occurred. The educational level of those teaching in Minnesota colleges had risen sharply during the years of the study despite conditions that might have prevented such a rise. Between 1956 and 1980, there was an 18 percentage point increase in doctorate holders among the faculties in the four-year institutions. Although eight out of 10 respondents in each of the surveys described themselves as satisfied or very satisfied, larger percentages than previously are now describing their attitude as satisfied rather than very satisfied. Approximately 70 percent of the teachers in 1980 said that they would again select college teaching as a career. However, the percentages indicating either uncertainty or a negative decision are high: 30 percent for two-year faculty today and 27 percent for four-year faculty. A bibliography is appended. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum; Minnesota
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (21st, Minneapolis, MN, May 17-20, 1981).