Job Satisfaction of Community College Chairpersons

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Virginia Tech

The purpose of this study was twofold. One, the study was to document facet-specific and general levels of job satisfaction of community college chairpersons in the United States. Two, the influence of selected personal and unit-related characteristics on general job satisfaction was investigated.

A sample of 807 chairs was systematically selected from a population of 9,866 chairs. The Minnesota Satisfaction Questionnaire, Long Form (MSQ) was chosen to measure satisfaction levels of 20 job facets and general job satisfaction. A data form was used to collect information about selected personal and unit characteristics.

Frequencies, percentages and appropriate summary statistics were computed for the personal and unit-related characteristics. The reliability and content validity of the MSQ were determined. Cronbach's alpha was computed to measure the internal consistency of the 20 MSQ facet scales and the general job satisfaction scale. A factor analysis was conducted to explore the instrument's content validity. A hierarchy of the 20 facet-specific MSQ scales was constructed. The mean and standard deviation for each facet scale were documented in addition to the frequencies, percentages, and summary statistics for the general job satisfaction scale. A multiple regression model was constructed to describe the relationship between selected personal and unit characteristics and general job satisfaction.

The findings of the study indicated that each of the 21 MSQ scale scores has adequate internal consistency. The results of the factor analysis supported the instrument's content validity. Job facets of relatively greater satisfaction included social service, creativity, and achievement as reflected by respective means of 22.30, 21.28, and 21.26. Job facets of relatively lesser satisfaction included advancement, compensation, and company policies and practices as reflected by respective means of 16.60, 16.27, and 15.75. The mean, median, and mode of the respondents' general job satisfaction were all equal to 78 meaning that community college chairpersons appear to be generally satisfied with their jobs. The overall regression equation was statistically not significant. The independent variables as a set accounted for only 5.2% of the variance in general job satisfaction.

community college chairpersons, job satisfaction, Minnesota Satisfaction Questionnaire