ERIC Number: ED081426
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Nov
Work Satisfaction among Junior College Faculty Members.
Cohen, Arthur M.
Research conducted to determine whether two-year college faculty members are satisfied with their jobs is discussed. Following a review of studies made by other researchers, data collected in three different locations in the summer of 1973 are presented and discussed. The study population was comprised of 57 instructors from a small college in southern California, 19 instructors from nine colleges in an eastern state, and 146 instructors from a larger college in northern California. The three groups of instructors were asked to respond to questions on satisfaction and dissatisfaction. The responses showed that more than two-thirds of the California faculties and more than a half of the Eastern faculties revealed that their gaining satisfaction was related in some way to their students. Only about one-third of the instructors suggested that dissatisfaction was related to their students. The results suggest that interaction with students should be the chief intrinsic motivation. Thus, satisfaction can best be enhanced by removing obstacles to this interaction. This can be accomplished by providing for smaller classes, allocating aides to assist instructors with routine management chores, and providing economic security so that they are freed from concern in this area. (DB)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Junior Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.
Note: Paper presented at annual meeting of California Educational Research Association (November 28-29, 1973)