Article on instructor learning styles published in the Journal of Educational Technology and Society

Dr. Ryan McLawhon ('09) and Dr. Marc Cutright's article, Instructor Learning Styles as Indicators of Online Faculty Satisfaction, was published in the April 2012 edition of the Journal of Educational Technology and Society.


The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between instructor learning style/preference and online faculty job satisfaction. Learning style was assessed using the Readiness for Education At a Distance Indicator (READI) now called Smarter Measure. Online faculty job satisfaction was assessed using the National Study of Postsecondary Faculty (NSOPF) job satisfaction questions. Analysis of variance was used to determine whether there was a difference in satisfaction based on individual instructor learning preference(s). The sample population (N=110) consisted of online faculty members in one large community college district. A significant difference in satisfaction with equipment and facilities was found based on instructor learning preference. Implications and recommendations for future practice and research are presented, including considerations for international application.


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Dr. McLawhon is the Assistant Director of Institutional Assessment at Texas A&M University. He oversees the assessment of general education at Texas A&M and collaborates with faculty and staff to gather information on student learning achievement for both accountability and curricular improvement. His previous work included distance learning course design and faculty development.


Dr. Cutright serves as Associate Professor in Counseling and Higher Education for the UNT College of Education and is Director of the Center for Higher Education.