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ERIC Number: ED550355
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 211
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2677-7550-4
A Study of Motivation of Online Adjunct College Undergraduate Faculty
Wolf, Elizabeth A.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Phoenix
Current trends in postsecondary education include a heavy emphasis and use of online learning opportunities. Many universities are challenged to find enough qualified faculty to meet the growing needs related to online education, as they are not able to move their core faculty into dedicated online teaching roles. The problem of filling teaching gaps has potential impacts on postsecondary educational quality and effectiveness, as hiring adjunct faculty merely presents a short-term solution for institutions. Universities that face staffing challenges need to better understand and consider the motivations of one willing to be hired for short-term, online teaching. The objective of this study was to identify specific factors that motivate and demotivate an individual to secure a job as an adjunct college undergraduate instructor for an online university. University online instructors who teach part-time (N = 204) completed a survey that assessed their motivation to teach online. Pearson correlations indicate that the participants were mainly concerned with the technological aspects required of online instructors. In conjunction with the desire to teach online on a part-time basis, participants were highly motivated in meeting their personal needs of flexibility with work schedules and location indicating they were not demotivated by the absence of achieving full-time employment at their institutions. From the findings of the quantitative study, university administrators can develop a better understanding of which motivating and demotivating factors will stimulate the skills, talents, and expertise of the adjunct faculty workforce. [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
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Language: English
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