ERIC Number: ED217439
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Professors' Satisfaction with Jobs Related to Academic Ranks.
Fedler, Fred; Counts, Tim
In an investigation of factors that satisfy faculty members in the fields of journalism and mass communication, questionnaires were completed by more than 300 professors, assistant professors, and associate professors throughout the United States. The 60-item questionnaire elicited demographic information, as well as information related to job satisfaction. The results showed that most of the respondents were satisfied with their jobs and were especially satisfied with (1) the freedom they were given to do their work, (2) their relationships with their colleagues and department chairpersons, (3) their teaching loads, and (4) their opportunities for professional growth. They were most dissatisfied with their physical working conditions, salaries, and the financial support provided for their research. Most of the respondents preferred to teach, but said that they must engage in research to obtain tenure and promotions. Many complained that tenure and promotions at their institutions were not administered fairly. Differences in the job satisfaction of men and women faculty members were minor. However, faculty members with tenure were more satisfied with their jobs than were nontenured faculty. Senior faculty members received significantly more rewards and were more likely to believe that the rewards were distributed fairly. These senior professors also seemed to be more productive than their junior colleagues. (A copy of the questionnaire is appended.) (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (65th, Athens, OH, July 25-28, 1982).