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Followership behaviors among Florida community college faculty


2009 2009

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As postsecondary institutions are confronted by the challenges of escalating accountability, shrinking budgets, and administrative downsizing, higher education leaders are expecting more from their faculty members. In this environment, an improved understanding of faculty followership behaviors is increasingly important. We examined the relationship between followership behaviors and individual variables, organizational culture, and institutional variables among Florida community college faculty. Followership behaviors consisted of a total followership score and five dimensional subscores; responsibility, service, challenge, transformation, and moral action. Individual variables included faculty rank, receipt of tenure, age, sex, race, education level, discipline, and duration of employment. Institutional variables included size of the institution, size of the population served, location, and degrees offered.

An on-line questionnaire was completed by 661 faculty members from 27 of Florida’s 28 community colleges. Analyses revealed significant effects for age, education level, and discipline for the responsibility dimension; sex, rank, and discipline for the service dimension; age and discipline for the challenge dimension; tenure, sex, and discipline for the transformation dimension; tenure and age for the moral action dimension; and age, sex, rank, and discipline for the total followership score. Further analyses indicated significant interactions in the responsibility dimension for tenure by duration of employment and academic discipline by duration of employment; and in the service dimension for age by tenure. Significant results for organizational culture were found for each followership dimension except responsibility. Also, statistically significant results were found among institutional variables for the moral action dimension for degree offered, with faculty from colleges that offered bachelor’s degrees scoring higher for moral action than faculty from institutions that did not offer bachelor’s degrees.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Community college education;
School administration;
Higher education;
School faculty;
Behavior
Classification
0275: Community college education
0514: School administration
0745: Higher education
Identifier / keyword
Education; Administrator; Community college faculty; Florida; Follower; Followership; Leadership; Postsecondary education
Title
Followership behaviors among Florida community college faculty
Author
Smith, John Scott
Number of pages
129
Publication year
2009
Degree date
2009
School code
0070
Source
DAI-A 70/07, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781109278644
Advisor
Honeyman, David S.
University/institution
University of Florida
University location
United States -- Florida
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3367584
ProQuest document ID
304875244
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304875244
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