ERIC Number: ED327225
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship between Aging and Job Satisfaction for Humanities and Social Science Faculty in the Virginia Community College System. Research Report Number 8-90.
Tucker, Mary Lee
In 1990, a survey was conducted of all full-time humanities and social sciences faculty at eight community colleges in the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). The study collected demographic data and examined the relationship between aging (both an individual's chronological age and length of time in the system) and job satisfaction through scaled questions in which faculty rated their institutional environment and their morale. A final section of the questionnaire sought open-ended responses. From among the 76 faculty completing usable questionnaires, the following conclusions were drawn: (1) the average faculty age was 48 years; (2) only 16 faculty had been teaching for less than 10 years with nearly half of respondents (referred to as "veterans") having taught in the VCCS for 15 to 20 years; (3) among veteran faculty (n=37), 11 found the intellectual climate "poor," while 12 rated it as only "fair"; (4) 27 of the 15- to 20-year veteran faculty rated the "quality of life at their institution" as "poor" or "fair," while four of the six faculty having worked over 20 years gave this category a "poor" rating; (5) the majority of veteran faculty reported that professional development activities were inadequate to meet their needs, although a similar percentage indicated that they would "still become community college teachers if they had to do it over again"; and (6) 31 of the 37 veteran faculty reported being strongly committed to the community college mission. A comparative analysis of faculty responses from Piedmont Virginia Community College with that of the system as a whole, and the survey instrument are included. (JMC)
Descriptors: Aging in Academia, College Faculty, Community Colleges, Faculty College Relationship, Faculty Development, Faculty Workload, Job Satisfaction, Questionnaires, Retrenchment, State Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Morale, Teacher Persistence, Teaching Conditions, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Piedmont Virginia Community Coll., Charlottesville, VA. Office of Institutional Research and Planning.