Title

Differences in Perceptions of Academic Departments Among Professors of 2-year Colleges and 4-year Universities

Date of Award

2005

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Educational Studies and Research

First Advisor

Clyde Ginn

Advisor Department

Educational Studies and Research

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to compare the perceptions of the academic department of full-time college professors in the community/junior college and the 4-year university where they carry out their academic duties and responsibilities. In particular, the dimensions of overall satisfaction, intradepartmental social climate, various roles in collaborative departments, and relationship with students were examined. Of the 600 questionnaires sent to the four institutes of higher education in the South, 158 were returned to the researcher resulting in a 26.3% rate of return. The results of the study found that there was no significant difference in the perceptions of the academic department of full-time college professors in the community/junior college and the 4-year university. The results of the ADEQ indicated that most of the respondents were neutral or undecided about how they perceived their academic department. It was recommended that department chairs ensure that their professors have a more positive perception of overall job satisfaction, intradepartmental social climate, collaborative efforts, and relationship with students. Department chairs should strive to provide an environment that is oriented toward positive relationships that bridge relationships within the department.