2005 Student Research Conference:
18th Annual Student Research Conference

Social Science

Burnout Levels of the Social Science Division Faculty and its Relation to Morale and Organizational Citizenship
Angela M. Farabee*, Kimberly S. Wilson, and Samantha A. Curry
Dr. Teresa Heckert, Faculty Mentor

The purpose of this study was to check burnout levels within one division, as a pilot for a larger study. A secondary purpose was to examine the relation of burnout to organizational citizenship behavior and perceived divisional morale. This study examined the relationship of three dimensions of burnout (emotional exhaustion, professional efficacy, and cynicism) to morale. Morale was related to all three burnout dimensions, while burnout was related significantly to only one of the three dimensions (i.e. loyalty) of organizational citizenship. From the social science division, 32 faculty members completed the questionnaires, providing a 52% response rate. Female faculty members reported higher burnout than did the males. Emotional exhaustion and professional efficacy were high compared to K-12 teachers. Levels of cynicism were comparable to K-12 teachers but high compared to other college faculty. Our results suggest that burnout among the faculty is a concern within the division of social science.

Keywords: faculty, burnout, morale, citizenship behavior


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 26-4
Location: VH 1000
Time: 10:30

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