Wells' research shows benefits for adjuncts improves job satisfaction for all faculty

Ryan Wells, assistant professor, Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration, was quoted in an article published in the November 18 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Titled “Benefits for Adjuncts Can Boost Job Satisfaction for All” by Audrey Williams June, the article looks at Wells’ and co-author Paul Umbach’s research paper, "Contingent Contentment? Exploring Job Satisfaction of Four-Year College Part-Time and Full-Time Non-Tenure-Track Faculty."

The authors found that part-time faculty members are much less likely to be satisfied with their salaries and benefits than tenured or tenure-track faculty members. Wells and Umbach based their research on data from the 2004 National Study of Postsecondary Faculty, a survey conducted by the Education Department's statistical center. They selected five job-satisfaction measures from the study that would apply most to contingent faculty members to help determine overall job satisfaction and satisfaction with salary and benefits among a sample of 16,256 faculty members from 567 four-year institutions. The paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education. http://chronicle.com/article/Benefits-for-Adjuncts-Can/125444/?sid=at&utm_source=at&utm_medium=en