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ERIC Number: ED550943
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 198
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3030-0810-8
Exploring Community College Faculty Job Satisfaction: Application of the Satisfaction-Performance Motivation Model
Lyons, Frankie Woodard
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, North Carolina State University
Community colleges are becoming increasingly important organizations within the modern structure of higher education. Nearly half of all U.S. college students are enrolled in community colleges. Forces driving the expanding reliance upon community colleges to provide the postsecondary educational needs of U.S. citizens include: the current economic downturn, the rising costs of higher education, and changing expectations upon today's workforce requiring workers to possess skill sets beyond those gained with a high school diploma. Community colleges offer a more affordable option to meet the educational needs for a broad spectrum of students including traditional college students (18-24 years old), dual-enrolled high school students, and non-traditional students (age 25 and above) seeking a second career or updated skills. Community college faculty are the employees primarily relied upon to facilitate student learning and program completion. There is growing concern that a shortage of community college faculty will emerge as numerous faculty retire amid increasing student enrollment. Community college administrators need strategies for retaining non-retiring faculty while recruiting for new faculty to replace retirees. One effective strategy will be to offer a work environment that cultivates positive work-related attitudes within faculty such as job satisfaction. This study was designed to examine the ability of selected human capital investments, intrinsic work rewards, extrinsic organizational rewards, and socio-demographics to predict the overall job satisfaction of full-time community college faculty. The research used a cross-sectional predictive design utilizing secondary analysis of the 2004 National Study of Postsecondary Faculty (NSOPF:04) dataset. Data analysis utilized Logistic Regression to determine a predictive model for overall job satisfaction. Results showed that faculty who were more satisfied with their salary, benefits and workload; were more satisfied with the teaching support they received from their institution; and who perceived that females and minorities were treated fairly by the organization were more likely to be overall satisfied with their work. Results also showed that minority faculty were less likely to be overall satisfied with their job, as were faculty who indicated that they would again choose a career in academe if given the choice. [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: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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