Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Descriptive and Causal Comparative Examination of Community College Adjunct Faculty: Job Satisfaction and Efficacy of Reluctant and Enthusiastic Stayers
by Gibson, Steven, Ph.D., Northcentral University, 2019, 172; 13807940
Abstract (Summary)

There have been multiple studies regarding the levels of satisfaction or self-efficacy of adjunct faculty members; however, there have been few studies examining possible differences between adjuncts who have a positive desire to remain at their jobs and those who reluctantly remain. Secondary institutions are increasingly employing part-time adjunct staff in higher numbers and understanding the job satisfaction and self-efficacy of this changing workforce is valuable. The purpose of this quantitative, descriptive, and causal comparative study was to describe the levels of job satisfaction and self-efficacy of reluctant and enthusiastic stayers, as described in proximal withdrawal states theory, and identify differences between these groups among adjunct faculty at community colleges across California. Forty-seven participants self-reported their job satisfaction, teaching self-efficacy, and desire to remain on the job. Adjuncts respondents were grouped into those who are reluctant stayers and enthusiastic stayers, and found to differ in reported satisfaction and dissatisfaction in aspects of their jobs. While both groups expressed dissatisfaction in pay and opportunities for promotions, significant differences were found in the average responses between the two groups, with reluctant stayers reporting lower levels of job satisfaction and self-efficacy than enthusiastic stayers. Implications from the findings include steps that should be taken by administrators to improve levels of satisfaction of adjuncts. Future research should explore aspects of these findings with random studies with larger sample sizes. The information gleaned from the study should be a starting point for additional research into how job satisfaction and teaching self-efficacy differ between those who are reluctant stayers and enthusiastic stayers among adjunct faculty.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Curda, Leslie
Commitee: Shriner, Michael, Walters, Kelley
School: Northcentral University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 80/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Community college education, Higher Education Administration, Educational leadership
Keywords: Adjunct faculty, College teaching, Community college, Job satisfaction, Proximal withdrawal state, Self-efficacy
Publication Number: 13807940
ISBN: 978-1-392-00489-0
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