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ERIC Number: ED248820
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
College Faculty and Job Satisfaction.
Diener, Thomas
Attitudes of 277 faculty members about their work were surveyed in 1983. Herzberg and colleagues' theory that work satisfaction stems from the work itself and dissatisfaction from the work environment was also explored. Attention was directed to attitudes toward work, job stress, overall job satisfaction, and chief job satisfactions and dissatisfactions. Specifically, consideration was given to work demands (such as class load or research opportunities), working conditions (such as adequacy of facilities or class size), and rewards and appreciation (such as salary and recognition for good teaching). The chief source of satisfaction for the respondents was student growth, followed by personal growth and intellectual stimulation. Working conditions that enhance the life and work of a faculty member--a flexible schedule and autonomy in the classroom--were highly valued. Dissatisfactions arose from working conditions, including poor facilities and equipment, inflexible or heavy teaching schedules, lack of recognition, low salaries and high amounts of bureaucracy, and student and colleague apathy. Information on the characteristics and background of the faculty respondents is included. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).