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ERIC Number: ED563857
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 281
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-3035-8757-3
Faculty Perceptions of Organizational Culture and Collegiality at Protestant Christian Universities in the Pacific Northwest
Johnson, Jamie R.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Biola University
This study focused on faculty perceptions of organizational culture and collegiality at denominationally affiliated Christian colleges and universities in the Pacific Northwest. It was found that while faculty members perceive tension around their experience of organizational culture, the extent of their relationships as cultivated through formal and informal development opportunities contributes to strong collegiality. Additionally, this study explored how denominational affiliation if perceived by faculty. A short study of Acts 15 and how the early Christian community responded to difficult circumstances and different cultural backgrounds was undertaken to more fully understand how Scripture teaches followers of Jesus to live and work in community. Through convenient purposeful sampling, 19 faculty members from 3 different denominationally affiliated institutions in the Pacific Northwest were interviewed using a semi-structured interview. Additionally, the Organizational Culture Assessment Instrument (OCAI) was completed by two of the participating institutions. The participants were representative of the larger faculty bodies at each institution, including faculty rank, length of tenure, and department. The findings from the research indicated that faculty perceptions of organizational culture are dependent upon faculty relationships with administrators, and whether administrators value their voice, both individually and collectively. The study also found that collegiality is an important factor in whether or not faculty members are able to live amidst the competing tensions of their work, including busyness, institutional growth, and institutional change. Additionally, it was found that collegiality seems to be strengthened through participation in formal and informal faculty development programs. This study also set out to explore the perceived impact of denomination on faculty perceptions of organizational culture and collegiality. Participants noted the importance of denominational affiliation for the institution, especially in terms of giving the institution a unique place to stand in the midst of a competitive higher education market. Yet, the study also found that for the participants, the most important aspect of their work is that they daily get to point students to Jesus Christ, a calling many of them described as more important than denominational affiliation, though denominational affiliation might have some determination on how this is done. [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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