Purpose: Recruitment and retention of qualified health professionals in academia has continued to be a challenge as the field of healthcare continues to grow at a rapid pace. The purpose of this study was to examine the satisfaction of online health sciences instructors and if those satisfaction factors influenced their intent to leave.
Method: A non-experimental survey design was utilized to gather the perceptions of online faculty satisfaction and related factors. A set of satisfaction and intent to leave surveys were answered by 83 online instructors in a higher education health sciences institution.
Results: The results of the path analysis showed that satisfaction from support for online teaching indirectly impacted the faculty intent to leave while influencing job satisfaction and institution satisfaction. Job satisfaction and institution satisfaction directly influenced faculty intent to leave.
Discussion: The theoretical model resulting from the study should allow administrators to follow to mitigate their risk of losing valuable faculty. Further, one could use the model as an overall picture of the indirect relationship of satisfaction from support for online teaching to intent to leave, with job satisfaction and institution satisfaction as the key influences over intent to leave.
Dame, Mark and Inan, Fethi A.
"Health Sciences Faculty Satisfaction in Online Learning: A Relationship to Intent to Leave,"
Health Professions Education: Vol. 7:
1, Article 4.
Available at: https://hpe.researchcommons.org/journal/vol7/iss1/4