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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Rush, Ronald R.
Author's Email Address rrush1@lsu.edu
URN etd-0612103-092453
Title The Influence of Selected Factors on Burnout among Faculty in Higher Education
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Vocational Education
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Michael F. Burnett Committee Chair
Earl Johnso Committee Member
Geraldine H. Holmes Committee Member
Satish Verma Committee Member
Kristin Gansle Dean's Representative
Keywords
  • occupational social work
  • employee assistance
  • job satisfaction
  • organizational influence on job longevity
Date of Defense 2003-05-02
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to explore demographic variables and job satisfaction and the relationship with burnout among higher education faculty. The sample included 248 tenured professors selected through simple random sampling techniques.

A three-part instrument was used: the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI-ES), which measured levels of burnout based on subscales of Emotional Exhaustion, Depersonalization, and Personal Accomplishment; the Job Descriptive Index (JDI) and Job in General (JIG) scales, which indicated job satisfaction in areas of: Work on Present Job, Present Pay, Opportunities for Promotion, Supervision on Present Job, People in Present Job, and Job in General; and, a Demographic Data Questionnaire.

Findings included: the population studied were relatively satisfied with all aspects of their work except Opportunities for Promotion and Present Pay. They were evenly dispersed on the MBI. A significant portion of the variance (47%) of Emotional Exhaustion burnout (F = 35.751, df = 234, p = < .001) was explained by: satisfaction with Job in General, satisfaction with Work on Present Job, reported health condition, and current age. A significant portion of the variance (31.6%) of Depersonalization burnout (F = 17.559, df = 234, p < .001) was explained by: satisfaction with Work on Present Job, having other financial responsibility, and years since granted tenure. A significant portion of the variance (17,4%) of Personal Accomplishment burnout (F = 12.153, df = 234, p < .001) was explained by: satisfaction with Work on Present Job, having a Ph.D., Job in General, and reported health condition.

Conclusions included: faculty were generally dissatisfied with Opportunities for Promotion and Present Pay. Faculty were generally not significantly burned out. Emotional Exhaustion burnout was significantly influenced by: satisfaction with Job in General, Work on Present Job, and reported health condition(s). Depersonalization burnout was significantly influenced by: satisfaction with the Work on Present Job, having other financial responsibility, and years since granted tenure. Factors that significantly influenced Personal Accomplishment burnout included: satisfaction with Work on Present Job, having a Ph.D. degree, and satisfaction with the Job in General. Recommendations which could lessen the measured levels of burnout were included.

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