ERIC Number: ED427597
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
An Exploration of the Job Satisfaction of American Part-Time College Faculty. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Antony, James Soto; Valadez, James R.
This study examined factors associated with job satisfaction among part-time faculty at different types of institutions of higher education. The study used data from the 1992-93 National Study of Postsecondary Faculty, which sampled 974 institutions and 31,354 faculty. This study analyzed the 15 items from the survey, grouped into three categories, which addressed aspects of job satisfaction: (1) satisfaction with personal autonomy, (2) satisfaction with students, and (3) satisfaction with demands and rewards. Analysis indicated that part-time faculty were statistically less satisfied than full-time faculty in terms of autonomy and students, but were equally satisfied with demands and rewards. Part-time faculty were more satisfied than full-time faculty with their jobs overall, were more committed to an academic career, and were less likely than full-time faculty to leave their current jobs for other opportunities. Part-time faculty at two-year institutions were significantly more likely than part-time faculty at four-year institutions to value tenure enough to leave their present positions to achieve it. Part-time faculty at four-year institutions appeared to be more research-oriented than their two-year counterparts. (Contains 25 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Association for Institutional Research.
Authoring Institution: N/A