Volume 45 - Number 3 - 2004 | DOI: 10.5032/jae.2004.03065
The purpose of this descriptive-correlational study was to describe the amount of variance in faculty member's overall level of job satisfaction explained by Herzberg, Mausner, and Snyderman's (1959) job motivator and hygiene factors. Additionally, the study sought to investigate the suitability of a one-item versus a multi-item measure of overall job satisfaction. The faculty were generally satisfied with their jobs. However, female faculty members were less satisfied than male faculty members. The factor "work itself" was the most motivating aspect for faculty. The least motivating aspect was "working conditions." The demographic characteristics were negligibly related to overall job satisfaction. All of the job motivator and hygiene factors were moderately or substantially related to overall job satisfaction. The factors "recognition," "supervision," and "relationships" explained the variability among faculty members' overall level of job satisfaction. The one-item measure of overall job satisfaction was not different from a multi-item measure of overall job satisfaction.