Date of Award

Spring 5-2014

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Educational Studies and Research

Committee Chair

Dr. Lilian Hill

Committee Chair Department

Educational Studies and Research

Committee Member 2

Dr. Thomas O'Brien

Committee Member 2 Department

Educational Studies and Research

Committee Member 3

Dr. John Rachal

Committee Member 3 Department

Educational Studies and Research

Committee Member 4

Dr. Yen To

Committee Member 4 Department

Educational Studies and Research

Abstract

This dissertation addresses engagement in the scholarship of teaching (SoT) at the community college level. A basic overview of the origin of the concept, a discussion of some of the key publications in the body of literature on the topic, and the details and results of a study on the topic—including suggestions for further research—are provided here.

The study involved full-time community college faculty members, representing institutions throughout the United States. Thirty-nine participants completed a 53-item questionnaire developed by the researcher. The goal of the study was to determine if a relationship existed between engagement in SoT and teaching satisfaction and institutional service. Simple regression analysis was used, and it was determined that level of engagement in SoT shared no significant relationship with level of teaching satisfaction, but level of engagement in SoT did share a significant relationship with the amount of institutional service offered by faculty members. Educational level was not a significant predictor of amount of institutional service. Results of the analysis further indicated that specific types of institutional service were not significant predictors of level of teaching satisfaction.

The primary beneficiaries of knowledge gained from the study will be faculty members who are currently engaging in or considering engaging in SoT. Higher education administrators who struggle to determine if there is institutional value insupporting such engagement may also benefit. Additionally, those who conduct research in the field of higher education may find motivation for initial or continued research on the evolving topic of SoT.