Communication Preferences and Job Satisfaction Levels of North Carolina Cooperative Extension Faculty

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Title: Communication Preferences and Job Satisfaction Levels of North Carolina Cooperative Extension Faculty
Author: Hass, Lanny Wayne
Advisors: Richard Liles, Committee Co-Chair
Gary Moore, Committee Member
James Burrow, Committee Member
David Jenkins, Committee Co-Chair
Jerry Gibson, Committee Member
Jasper Lee, Committee Member
Abstract: The purpose of this study is to determine the job satisfaction levels and communication preferences of North Carolina Cooperative Extension faculty. In addition, this study examines the relationships between these two factors and five selected demographic variables (gender, race, age, tenure and job title). The data for the study were obtained by surveying, over the NCCE Intranet, 756 faculty members of North Carolina Cooperative Extension. The Intranet proved to be a useful medium to conduct the questionnaire, providing a 74% return rate. Four research objectives guide the study. The objectives are: a) to determine, describe and compare certain demographic characteristics of North Carolina Cooperative Extension faculty; b) to determine, describe and compare the language preferences of North Carolina Cooperative Extension faculty; c) to determine, describe and compare the job satisfaction levels of North Carolina Cooperative Extension faculty; d) and to describe the differences between communication type, job satisfaction and certain demographics for North Carolina Cooperative Extension faculty. Among the respondents, there were more males than females and a majority of the faculty was white. A large percentage of the respondents were over 41 years old and had less than 10 years of tenure with NCCE. The data analysis reveals that a the majority of the respondents prefer the Sensing language, followed by the Thinking, then the Intuitive language. The least represented language preference is Feeling for all respondents. When compared to norm groups the data indicate that North Carolina Cooperative Extension faculty are satisfied with their jobs. However, Area and 4-H Agents are the lowest satisfied faculty members for NCCE. Family and Consumer Science Agents and District Directors have the highest job satisfaction levels. Significant (p< .05) differences in general job satisfaction means are found with several job titles and tenure groups. No significant job satisfaction differences are found for gender, race, age and language preference groups.
Date: 2003-02-03
Degree: EdD
Discipline: Occupational Education
URI: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/resolver/1840.16/4471


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