Date of Award

Fall 12-2008

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Educational Leadership and Research

Committee Chair

Kyna Shelley

Committee Member 2

Lee Pierce

Committee Member 3

Russell Willis

Committee Member 4

Lin Harper


This study was designed to provide information to administrators about concerns faculty might have with online delivery and to assess their overall knowledge about intellectual property rights at traditional institutions. Faculty from the eight institutions under the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning were invited to participate in the study regardless of whether they participate in online delivery or not. The results of this study will allow administrators and faculty an opportunity to address concerns and explore putting written policies.

Faculty reported low levels of concerns about legal issues and rewards. Of greatest concern were those issues regarding workload/effort where there were differences found based on the faculty member's tenure status. Differences were found between gender and preferred delivery method. No significant differences were found with the subject variables and the satisfaction of an individual who has engaged in online delivery. Further, the majority of the 223 respondents did not answer the intellectual property rights questions correctly.