Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Study: Faculty Members Have More Positive Outlook

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Study: Faculty Members Have More Positive Outlook

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COLUMBIA, MO.

College and university administrators across the country are under increasing pressure from external forces, such as policy makers and the public, to be accountable for the productivity and workload of their faculty members. As a result, reliable benchmarks to assess, evaluate and respond to changes in these perceptions among faculty members are essential to the success of these academic institutions. Now, a University of Missouri-Columbia researcher is investigating how faculty members' perceptions have changed over time.

Dr. Vicki Rosser, assistant professor of educational leadership and policy analysis, examined three dimensions of work life - professional development, administrative support and technical support - to determine faculty members' levels of satisfaction. Rosser used four elements to define satisfaction - advising and course load; quality of students; benefits and security; and self-report of job satisfaction.

"The degree to which faculty members feel supported in the areas of professional development, administrative support and technology continues to be a critically important aspect in the quality of faculty members' work life, potentially generating a positive or negative response in their overall level of satisfaction," Rosser says.

Rosser used data from the National Study of Postsecondary Faculty, a survey conducted by the National Center of Educational Statistics and the National Science Foundation to measure issues associated with faculty members' institutions and professional work lives. …

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