Date of Award

January 2018

Degree Type

Open Access Dissertation

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

First Advisor

Charles S. Hausman

Department Affiliation

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Second Advisor

Laurie J. Larkin

Department Affiliation

Health Promotion and Administration

Third Advisor

Caelin B. Scott

Department Affiliation

Recreation and Park Administration


The purpose of this quantitative study was to understand facets of job satisfaction and levels of burnout and to determine the relationship between job satisfaction and organizational commitment of female faculty across various career stages at a regional Kentucky university. Due to increasing workload and expectations for performance, greater understanding is warranted of the need for balance between work duties and personal responsibilities, in order to avoid burnout. Regardless of the growth in the field of Organizational Psychology, female faculty continue to leave academia. This study helps to clarify for organizational leaders facets of job satisfaction which lead to commitment and persistence, as well as separation of employment. The research questions focused on the relationship between indicators of job satisfaction and job persistence of female faculty between different years of service, as well as perceived burnout. The Job Satisfaction Survey (Spector, 1985) provided the basis of this study and guided the collection of the findings. The study should inform higher education leaders of best practices to create and promote healthy work environments in order to retain faculty. The research participants were selected based on gender and were invited by the researcher to participate. The findings in addition to the implications and conclusions from this study convey considerations that could have a direct influence on an institution's ability to retain faculty.