ERIC Number: ED208716
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
General College Job Satisfaction Survey, University of Minnesota. Summer 1980.
Grahn, Joyce; And Others
General College Studies, v16 n1 1980-81
A study was undertaken in 1980 of employment attitudes among faculty at the General College of the University of Minnesota, an institution for nontraditional postsecondary education. The long form of the Minnesota Satisfaction Questionnaire was used, with a new demographic questionnaire substituted. The survey sample consisted of 96 teaching, administrative, and student service faculty members employed at least half-time. Results show three work-related factors that strongly satisfy General College faculty: moral values, social service, and activity. It is suggested that these factors might be used in the future to improve overall faculty satisfaction and in faculty recruitment. The identified work-related areas of dissatisfaction cluster around organization and management functions, and include advancement, compensation, and company organization and policies. Full professors were relatively satisfied with advancement; men were more satisfied than women with advancement and security; Ph.D. faculty were more satisfied with security and creativity; those with the longest service were most satisfied with security, social status, and working conditions; faculty with salaries of $30,000 or over were most satisfied with advancement, security, and compensation; and full-time faculty, with moral values, security, and variety. Instructors showed most satisfaction with authority, co-workers, creativity, recognition, responsibility, social status, supervision-human relations, and supervision-technical relations. Female faculty were more satisfied with achievement, activity, authority, and social service, and less satisfied with advancement and security. Other satisfaction levels and categories are highlighted in the report. The survey has resulted in development of faculty hiring, promotion, and tenure guidelines; small group discussion on job reinforcers; and development of a questionnaire more oriented toward the General College environment. The demographic questionnaire is appended. (MSE)
Descriptors: Academic Rank (Professional), College Faculty, Compensation (Remuneration), Faculty Promotion, Faculty Workload, Higher Education, Job Enrichment, Job Satisfaction, Organizational Climate, Questionnaires, Sex Differences, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Salaries, Tenure, Work Environment
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. General Coll.
Identifiers: University of Minnesota Minneapolis