Faculty Satisfaction in University Departments.
WASHINGTON UNIV SEATTLE DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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The study compares academic areas in terms of How faculty members allocate their time to undergraduate teaching, graduate training, and research how faculty rate the relative importance of each of these tasks and the degree to which faculty depend upon mechanical and electronic equipment, computers, statistics, and mathematics. The second part of the study examines how these characteristics of university departments contribute to faculty satisfaction in various academic areas. Results based on questionnaire responses of 287 faculty in 38 departments corroborate previous findings that areas differ with respect to a number of functions and activities. Allocation of time, ratings of importance, and dependence on tools and services are shown to moderate the relationship between satisfaction with particular facets of departments and overall faculty satisfaction. The implications of the findings for both theories of job satisfaction and the administration of university departments are discussed. Author