ERIC Number: ED237039
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Undermanning and Faculty Behavior: An Exploratory Study.
Goldstein, Marc B.; Baranowskyj, Arita
Based on Barker's Manning Theory, the behavioral and attitudinal consequences of participation in undermanned settings were examined among university faculty. Faculty from the four smallest (undermanned) and four largest liberal arts departments at Central Connecticut State College were surveyed regarding their academic activities and their attitudes toward peers. Of 118 full-time faculty members who were mailed a questionnaire, 85 responses were received. The questionnaire focused on faculty activities from fall 1979 to spring 1982, including committee work, research activities, and teaching. Respondent characteristics, interpersonal relations within the department, and overall job satisfaction were also addressed. The strongest evidence of undermanning effects was found on indices reflecting time and energy commitments to the setting and concerns about its maintenance, while perceptions of colleagues did not appear to be affected. Overall, the results support some aspects of manning theory. Faculty in small departments seem more committed to their setting, with fewer sick days, more concerns about enrollment, and more participation in committee work. (Author/SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (Anaheim, CA, August 1983). Best copy available.