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ERIC Number: ED520483
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 38
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
What Is It That Satisfies Faculty? Rank as a Consideration in Factors Related to Job Satisfaction
Johnson, Gina M.
Association for Institutional Research (NJ1), Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (50th, Chicago, IL, May 29-Jun 2, 2010)
The purpose of this study was to build on this body of research by exploring the differences in factors related to overall job satisfaction by faculty rank. Because faculty from one institution were used in the study and the data source included results from a survey taken by only some of the faculty, generalizability of the findings may be limited. The findings of this study are meant to be utilized by the administration of the University of Minnesota to further understand the job satisfaction factors of the faculty. Therefore, this research study was designed to be practical and useful to a specific audience, but may also be helpful in furthering the general understanding of the issue. Data for this study included the results of the PULSE survey completed by faculty at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus in the spring of 2008. Out of 3,671 faculty members who were provided the opportunity to take the survey, 1,253 completed it, for a response rate of 34.1%. The research question under consideration in this study was whether factors related to overall job satisfaction varied among different groups of faculty and faculty-like employees of the University, categorized by rank. Based on the stepwise multiple linear regression analyses conducted on the data from the 2008 PULSE survey, there do appear to be differences in the satisfaction factors for faculty with the rank of academic professional, instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, and professor. Satisfaction with university characteristics appeared to be an important factor for tenured and tenure-track faculty, but not for faculty with the rank of academic professional and instructor. Satisfaction with pay level shared a relationship with overall job satisfaction for all faculty ranks but assistant professors, though possibly to different degrees. If a thorough understanding of the factors that relate to overall job satisfaction for all faculty is desired, considering the varying needs of the different groups is critical to creating a complete picture. A bibliography is included. (Contains 9 tables.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Institutional Research
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota