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ERIC Number: EJ797390
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0194-3081
Noninstructional Staff Perceptions of the College Climate
Duggan, Molly H.
New Directions for Community Colleges, n142 p47-56 Sum 2008
This study explored staff perception of organizational climate, including the impact of gender on staff interactions with faculty and students and staff perceptions of workplace satisfaction within the community college. The overarching research question guiding this study was, What are noninstructional staff perceptions of the community college climate? There were two related questions: What is the impact of gender on staff interactions with faculty and students? and What is the impact of gender on staff perceptions of workplace satisfaction? Despite being a descriptive study, the findings afford much insight into the college climate through the eyes of noninstructional staff. This study suggests several strategies and research topics worthy of consideration. First, there is a need for continued dialogue and education concerning college climate and gender. Everyone responsible for crafting the community college workplace should be educated as to the gendered perspectives of nonteaching staff job satisfaction as well as the influence of college climate on job satisfaction. Leaders also need a better understanding of the impact of gender on staff interaction, particularly interaction with students. Leaders who understand college climate are better able to effect change. Providing training and education on workplace satisfaction, the gendered aspects of communication, and how to foster a climate of support are necessary when striving to improve the climate for all. Further research into the impact of supervisors on college climate and job satisfaction will also prove helpful. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Language: English
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