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Job satifaction and dissatisfaction of university academics: perspectives from Uganda.

Ssesanga, Karim N.A

Abstract:
Although several studies in the affluent world have examined the job satisfaction and dissatisfaction of dons in higher education, relatively little is known about academic job satisfaction particularly in the low-resource countries. This study probes into factors that contribute to academic satisfaction and dissatisfaction in higher education in the afflicted world. Using a sample of 182 respondents drawn from two universities in Uganda, this analysis reports that the factors most prevalent in the prediction of dons' satisfaction relate to co-worker behaviour, supervision and intrinsic facets of teaching. Analogously, the stimuli that create academic dissatisfaction are largely extrinsic (contextual) factors with respect to remuneration, governance, research, promotion, and working environment. This article discusses these findings in the light of Herzberg's dichotomy and concludes that any given factor, be it intrinsic or extrinsic, can either evoke academic satisfaction or induce dissatisfaction. The present analysis finds that while age, rank, and tenure significantly predict academic job satisfaction, no evidence is adduced to support a gender influence on dons' job satisfaction. Emerging from study findings, implications for Ugandan academics' job satisfaction are formulated, recommendations made, and a research agenda proposed.

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Document Title: Job satifaction and dissatisfaction of university academics: perspectives from Uganda.
Journal: Uganda Journal of Education
Volume: 4
Issue: July - December
No. of Pages: 65 - 89


Document Type:Journal Article (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Institutional Management
Country:Uganda
Keywords:Academic Staff, Job Satisfaction, Uganda, Universities, Motivation


File Size:431 KB
Rights:Permission granted by author and publisher
Date Added:26 February 2008


Ssesanga, N.A.Karim (2003). Job satifaction and dissatisfaction of university academics: perspectives from Uganda. Uganda Journal of Education vol.4 (July - December) pp.65 - 89.