Research in Higher Education

, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 1–9 | Cite as

Assessment of job satisfaction among college administrators

  • John C. Smart
  • Barry R. Morstain


This study represented an initial effort to explore the potential of the Job Descriptive Index (JDI) as an instrument for the measurement of job satisfaction in institutions of higher learning. The JDI is a standardized measure of five dimensions of job satisfaction that has been used almost exclusively in non-educational organizations. A selected sample of college administrators was categorized into three groups based upon the degree of congruency between their preferred and perceived job responsibilities. The results of the study showed that those college administrators whose preferred and perceived job responsibilities were most congruent tended to earn a higher mean score on the Work Environment scale of the JDI than their colleagues whose preferred and perceived job responsibilities were less congruent. The implications of this finding were discussed in terms of future research on job satisfaction in the academic community and between administrators in different types of organizational settings.


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© APS Publications, Inc. 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • John C. Smart
    • 1
  • Barry R. Morstain
    • 2
  1. 1.Office of Institutional ResearchVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburg
  2. 2.Office of Academic Planning and EvaluationUniversity of DelawareNewark

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