The purpose of this quantitative correlational study is to examine the relationship between three professional factors and the affective commitment of online adjunct faculty in a university located in the Southwestern United States. The three identified professional factors include: (1) the length of time they have been online adjunct faculty members for the university under study, (2) their current full-time employment status outside of their contract work with this university, and (3) the total number of online courses where they currently teach. Organizational commitment was the theoretical framework used as a basis for this study. Affective commitment was measured using the Three-Component Model Employee Commitment Survey. The results from Spearman’s rank correlations did not identify any significant relationships between affective commitment and the length of time the online adjunct faculty member had worked for the university or the number of universities for which they currently teach (p = .359, p = .076). Additionally, the point biserial correlation coefficient did not identify a correlation between affective commitment and the outside work status of the online adjunct faculty member (p = .667). The results indicated that these experiential work factors do not have a relationship with affective commitment in online adjunct faculty members.
|Commitee:||D'Urso, Patricia, Oates, Maureen|
|School:||Grand Canyon University|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 80/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Occupational psychology, Organization Theory, Educational technology|
|Keywords:||Affective commitment, Online adjunct faculty, Online education, Organizational commitment|
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