Darden College of Education & Professional Studies


Ph.D. Education - Higher Education

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The current study examines faculty data from the National Science Foundation’s 2015 National Survey of College Graduates on 4,311 full-time and part-time faculty. Little research exists investigating job satisfaction of adjunct faculty in higher education. Overall job satisfaction was divided into two scales: intangible (i.e., opportunities for advancement, intellectual challenge, degree of independence, job location, level of responsibility, and contribution to society) and financial satisfaction (i.e., job salary, job benefits, and job security). Researchers found significantly different results with fulltime faculty reporting higher levels of satisfaction when compared to part-time faculty. Limitations and implications for future research are discussed.



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Tangible and Financial Satisfaction Among Full-Time Faculty and Adjunct Faculty



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