ERIC Number: ED313978
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
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Education Faculty Job Satisfaction in Major Research Universities. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Plascak-Craig, Faye D.; Bean, John P.
The study attempted to: (1) identify predictors of global job satisfaction in university faculty members; (2) determine the relative importance of each predictor and its overall ability to predict global job satisfaction; (3) determine if the value appraisal model, developed for this study, is more accurate than more conventional predictive models; and (4) determine the effects of gender, tenure status, and rank on global job satisfaction. Surveys from 265 faculty members at eight midwestern institutions with schools of education were analyzed. Analysis indicated that a significant proportion of global affective response to faculty work was predicted by the autonomous and creative nature of academic work itself, perceptions of participation in administrative decision making, perceptions of the fairness of administrative evaluation, perceived esteem by peers in the university community, and financial compensation. There were no main effect or interaction differences in job satisfaction by tenure, gender, or rank. The model used compared favorably to the other models (need fulfillment, sum-of-facets satsifaction, and absolute discrepancies between needs and desires). Seven recommendations include: reduce the number of committees; make peer evaluation equitable; and ensure that salaries and fringe benefits keep pace with inflation. Tables are included. Contains 41 references. (SM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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