ERIC Number: ED428806
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Role Perceptions and Job Satisfaction of Community College Faculty.
Corbin, Saladin K. T.
This study examined the role perceptions of full-time faculty members at a large mid-Atlantic community college, focusing on role conflicts and levels of job satisfaction. One hundred and seventy-seven faculty members responded to surveys, and 20 participated in four focus groups organized according to race and gender, which yielded descriptive demographic, role conflict, and job satisfaction data. The primary conclusion drawn from this study is that faculty at this community college are generally satisfied with their roles. Faculty members who responded were comfortable with themselves as teachers and believed they played a role in helping students reach their academic and personal goals. White women and black men are more likely to report higher levels of role conflict, caused by a lack of agreement between the actual requirements of a role and the perceived expectations of the individual in that role. More differences in perceptions of job satisfaction and role conflicts were uncovered through the focus groups than through the survey. Faculty members report that the goals of the community college differ from those of four-year institutions in that they see their work as providing educational opportunities for disadvantaged students, thus they derive satisfaction from the success of these students. Contains 81 references. (AS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Catholic University of America.