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ERIC Number: ED528978
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 145
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1245-9582-5
Herzberg's Theory of Motivation as Applied to Community College Full-Time and Adjunct Online Faculty
Gullickson, Larry
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of South Dakota
This study was designed to identify the factors that influence full-time and adjunct faculty perceptions regarding job satisfaction and dissatisfaction. It was also designed to determine if those factors relate differently to full-time and adjunct faculty. It is anticipated that this information will aid administrators in improving morale and performance of individual faculty members. During the spring 2008 semester, the 136 faculty were teaching online courses at the selected Iowa community colleges. Responses were received from 38 full-time faculties and 35 adjunct faculties for a total of 73 responses (53.7%). The survey instruments, cover letters, and self-addressed return envelopes were distributed to the faculty members in November 2008. Follow-up materials were provided to faculty members who did not respond to the initial mailing in December 2008 and again in February 2009. According to the data from survey Instrument I, Herzberg's findings were supported. The motivating factors generally provided satisfaction to faculty members. Hygiene factors generally were dissatisfying. The significance of the data from Instrument I was limited and the level of probability could not be adequately established. However, when compared to the results of similar studies, administrators can reasonably be assured that taking action to support faculty in regard to motivating factors and limiting hygiene factors will provide greater satisfaction for their faculty and enhance their performance. The rating scale of Instrument II gives a different perspective. All motivating factors showed greater satisfaction than dissatisfaction. However, the data resulted in a greater amount of responses which, in turn, led to greater significance and probability than the results from the Herzberg's critical incidence approach used in Instrument I. A more dramatic difference was with hygiene factors where respondents indicated that they had more satisfying experiences than dissatisfying experiences in virtually all hygiene factors. The primary intent of this study was to compare the satisfying and dissatisfying factors that were identified by full-time and adjunct faculty. Since the data were more statistically significant from the rating scale of Instrument II, its data were the basis for comparing the satisfying and dissatisfying factors affecting each category of faculty. With only minor exceptions, the rating responses for both groups of faculty for each factor were virtually the same. In other words, there was virtually no difference in the perceptions of full-time and adjunct faculty. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Iowa