Faculty Job Satisfaction at a Public Two-year College District in Texas

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D)


Supervision, Curriculum, and Instruction-Higher Education

Date of Award

Summer 2017


Contingent faculty members include full- or part-time instructional staff on college and university campuses in non-tenured or tenure-track roles. Often, contingent faculty members do not have job security and may not be provided sufficient support services to conduct their work. However, part-time contingent faculty members have reported the desire to secure full-time, permanent opportunities. Duties of adjunct faculty and their full-time counterparts are fundamentally the same; however, adjunct faculty members do not receive commensurate compensation, benefits, and length of employment. Job satisfaction can be viewed from the employee or organizational perspective. Within the organizational context of job satisfaction, a relationship exists between how employees are treated and how they perform in employment settings. The purpose of this study was to examine differences in job satisfaction between contingent and non-contingent faculty and their demographic and personal characteristics of gender, race/ethnicity, academic discipline, and academic achievement at a large public 2-year college district in Texas. The researcher investigated how class (contingent vs. non-contingent faculty), gender, and race/ethnicity interacted to predict job satisfaction.


JoHyun Kim

Subject Categories

Curriculum and Instruction | Education