Job Satisfaction(2)

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Job Satisfaction(2)

  1. 1. Job Satisfaction--JOB SATISFACTION OF EXPERIENCED PROFESSORS AT A LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGE<br />Junfeng.Ma<br />
  2. 2. Background<br />Purpose: examine career satisfaction and explore <br /> motivations for staying in the profession<br />Target: experienced professors at a moderate- <br /> sized liberal arts college <br />Characters: tenure-track faculty who had been <br /> teaching in higher education for at <br /> least 15 years<br />Methods: Experienced Teacher Survey and Interview<br />
  3. 3. Four Questions <br />To what extent are experienced college professors satisfied with their work?<br />What are the primary areas of satisfaction<br /> that motivate professors to remain in their positions?<br />What role does scholarship play in the lives of professors?<br />How important is it for professors to provide service to their institution?<br />
  4. 4. ETS Data Source<br />Of the 170 surveys that were distributed, 74 (43.5%) were returned by experienced professors<br />
  5. 5. Interview Data Source<br />25 professors =12 males + 13 females; <br />12 SOLA, 6 SOS, 3 SEBA, 4 SOE<br />
  6. 6. QUESTION 1<br />To what extent are experienced college professors satisfied with their work?<br />
  7. 7. Result for Question 1 <br />In table 1 ,by mean scores ranging from 3.25 (SD, 0.60) to 3.50 (SD, 0.65) on the 4-point scale<br />The survey data suggest that these experienced professors were satisfied with their jobs<br />
  8. 8. QUESTION 2<br />What are the primary areas of satisfaction<br /> that motivate professors to remain in their positions?<br />
  9. 9. Result for Question 2<br />Professional satisfaction factors<br />Practical satisfaction factors<br />Social satisfaction factors<br />
  10. 10. Professional satisfaction factors<br />Professional Satisfaction factors contributed substantially to the professors' overall satisfaction<br /> with their work and were an important reason<br /> for their remaining in teaching<br />
  11. 11. Practical satisfaction factors<br />Practical factors were important to professors, but not as important as the Professional Satisfaction factors<br />
  12. 12. Social satisfaction factors<br />Two relationships : faculty colleagues and<br /> administrators<br />Having good relationships with faculty colleagues<br /> is more important than relationships with administrators<br />
  13. 13. QUESTION 3<br />What role does scholarship play in the lives of professors?<br />
  14. 14. Result for Question 3<br />Engaging in scholarship appears to have had a<br /> greater influence on the participants' decision to remain in the profession than the opportunity to perform service<br />
  15. 15. QUESTION 4<br />How important is it for professors to provide service to their institution?<br />
  16. 16. Result for Question 4<br />The opportunity to perform service was the lowest quantitative factor professors identified as an influence in their decision to remain in the profession.<br />
  17. 17. Conclusion<br />Professional Satisfaction factors is the most powerful motivators that induced experienced professorsto remain in the classroom.<br />Scholarship was also a great source of satisfaction for the professors (although time<br /> and expectations were constraints), as was<br /> their relationships with colleagues.<br />Service to the institution and Practical<br /> Satisfaction factors were generally rated lower as motivators<br />
  18. 18. Conclusion<br />Having a good administrator ranked near the bottom of factors professors identified as important for their job satisfaction<br />
  19. 19. Some Questions<br />Do you think you would get similar answers from professors at large research universities such as Penn State, Arizona State, Texas AM or Virginia Tech?<br />Do you think the overall satisfaction level would be lower if non-tenured professors were surveyed?  And if so, what specific areas do you think would score the lowest?<br />
  20. 20. Thanks<br />

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