Key Factors Influencing Job Satisfaction of Non-Tenured IT Faculty in the USA

Sharon Nesbitt Bazil and Shawon S. M. Rahman


This study increased the overall knowledge of job satisfaction among non-tenured IT faculty by way of contributing to the body of management knowledge in the IT environment. The study results provided higher education institution IT leaders and management the vision and understanding to handle job satisfaction issues within the IT environment. This information is also crucial in helping higher education institutions perform at high levels of employee retention, flexibility, and employee job satisfaction by focusing on autonomy and the opportunity for advancement. This quantitative research examined the relationship between (a) the extrinsic motivators (predictor/independent variables), operationalized as autonomy; (b) the intrinsic motivators, operationalized as advancement opportunities; and (c) the job satisfaction level of IT faculty in higher educational institutions (dependent variable). This research has added to the body of knowledge regarding what is needed for IT educators to have job satisfaction by examining how much the independent variables affect job satisfaction of IT faculty in higher educational institutions. We have defined and analyzed methods and practices that companies could apply as they formulate the essential skills and resources for predicting job satisfaction among IT faculty. In this area of job satisfaction, additional understanding could support higher education institutions learning how to keep experienced IT faculty. To examine the extent to which autonomy and opportunity for advancement predict job satisfaction, a multiple linear regression was conducted. This study added to the existing body of knowledge regarding what is needed for IT educators to have job satisfaction by examining how much the independent variables of opportunity for advancement and autonomy affect job satisfaction of IT faculty in higher educational institutions. Additional knowledge in this area of job satisfaction may support higher educational institutions in learning how to retain experienced IT faculty. By addressing these factors related to job satisfaction, employers can better understand what motivates and keeps IT workers satisfied in their jobs. Keeping IT employees satisfied will help retain them and prevent them from job-hopping


USA IT Faculty, IT Job Satisfaction, IT Professionals in Education, Non-tenured Position, Higher Educational Institute, IT Faculty Motivation, IT Job in Academia


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