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ERIC Number: ED552984
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 87
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3030-2535-8
Online Adjunct Faculty: Motivations for Working in the New Academic Frontier
Hopkins, Trish Isabella
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
Distance education rapidly became the new frontier in higher education as more adults returned to college. Most research studies focused on the satisfaction of faculty members. However, little research reported the lived stories of online adjuncts pioneering a new educational landscape. The primary purpose of the qualitative study was to discover the motivations of online adjunct faculty for working in a new educational frontier. Ten participants selected from across the United States shared their narratives of working online at multiple colleges through a qualitative interview. The study explored the perceptions of online adjunct faculty members in the United States regarding their reasons and motivations for working in a virtual landscape, as well as their experiences and views concerning pay, workload, status, and resources. The analysis method was constant comparative method with interviews filtered through the lenses of narrative learning, Maslow's human motivation, and vital engagement. The findings generated more understanding of the lives and motivations for a new faculty majority of adjuncts with appreciation gained from their contributions made to the area of online learning in adult education. The results suggested the benefit from future studies that examine adjunct satisfaction through quantitative and mixed method studies. [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; Adult Education
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Language: English
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