Date of Award

Summer 8-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Richard Shrubb


The purpose of this study was to evaluate extrinsic motivators and the relationship they have with job satisfaction and turnover intent. Literature suggests that higher education faculty have differing needs and satisfiers than other public sector employees (Lee & Wilkins, 2011; Maidani, 1991). As a result, the Delphi method was utilized to identify extrinsic motivators that were tailored to higher education. Once these motivators were identified through a panel of experts, they were combined to create a survey with previously established scales measuring job satisfaction and turnover intent.

This survey was designed to answer the following research questions: 1) what relationship, if any, exists between extrinsic motivators and job satisfaction? 2) what relationship, if any, exists between extrinsic motivators and turnover intent? And 3) what extrinsic motivator differences, if any, exist between colleges? A factor analysis was performed on the survey to identify correlated items and group them into factors. As a result, five factors were derived from the survey, job satisfaction, relationships, finances, autonomy, and work environment conditions. After performing multiple regressions using the identified factors and the dependent variables, job satisfaction, and turnover intent, it was found that job satisfaction and the importance of relationships were predictors of both dependent variables. Work environment conditions were found to be a predictor of job satisfaction, and there were no significant differences in extrinsic motivators between colleges.