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ERIC Number: ED308905
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-May
Pages: 139
Abstractor: N/A
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A Study of Full-Time Faculty Burnout at Evergreen Valley College.
Johnson, Tanya
In fall 1988, a study of full-time faculty and staff was conducted at Evergreen Valley College (EVC) to identify factors contributing to burnout and to create opportunities to allievate the problem. The Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI) was used to assess the level of burnout among full-time faculty, administrators, and classified staff at EVC and among full-time faculty at San Jose City College (SJCC). Subsequently, follow-up interviews were conducted with 24 EVC instructors whose MBI scores indicated that they were experiencing burnout. In addition, interviews were conducted with personnel at institutions that, like EVC, had functioned under a cluster system, in which semi-autonomous units incorporating faculty from all disciplines existed within the college to provide a home base for students. Study findings, based on survey and interview responses and comparisons with a similar study conducted in 1985, included the following: (1) full-time faculty burnout was a significant problem at both EVC and SJCC; (2) the cluster system contributed to the burnout of some faculty; (3) none of the institutions previously organized as cluster colleges were still using the cluster system; (4) gender, ethnicity, and length of service were not significantly related to burnout; (5) 15 EVC faculty and staff who showed no symptoms of burnout in 1985 were experiencing the problem in 1988; and (6) major contributors to burnout were treatment of faculty, budget concerns, administrative style, the cluster system, communication problems, and environmental problems. Based on study findings, it was recommended that the college change from a cluster system to a division-department system. (JMC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Maslach Burnout Inventory