Research by Dr. Karen Webber appears in the September issue of Journal of Faculty Development.
For the article, "Culture Matters: Faculty Satisfaction in Four-Year Postsecondary Institutions," Webber interviewed full-time faculty members at six different four-year higher education institutions for a more nuanced understanding of perceptions of work satisfaction. She built off a much larger study that found significant differences by institution type and faculty demographics.
While these survey responses confirm some variation by independent factors, they also indicate several persistent themes across profiles. Most notably, respondents tend to express some criticism of administration, the importance of autonomy in perceived satisfaction, a desire for higher salaries, and inadequate support for family needs.