Job Satisfaction Of Adjunct Faculty In The Community College Classroom Environment
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Adjunct faculty members constitute the majority of faculty in higher education. Due to the increased use of adjunct faculty, the relationship between job satisfaction and job performance, and the potential impact on community college institutions, researchers are being asked to inquire into job satisfaction of adjunct instructors (Boord, 2010; Dickens, 2011; Gadberry & Burnstad, 2005; Louis, 2009; Schultz, 2009). Community college administrators can benefit from understanding the level of support that adjunct faculty members expect and the factors that related to their job satisfaction. This study, which was based on a survey created by Smerek and Peterson (2007), used Herzberg's Motivation-Hygiene Theory to examine the predictive power of extrinsic and intrinsic factors as determinants of overall job satisfaction among 120 adjunct faculty members at three colleges within the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). The results of this study suggested that Herzberg's theory may not be of value as a measure of job satisfaction for the adjunct faculty population due to the extrinsic factors predicting overall job satisfaction, which according to Herzberg's, should have little or no relation.