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* 1. You are invited to take part in a research study about job satisfaction in higher education.  This form is part of a process called “informed consent” to allow you to understand this study before deciding whether to take part.

This study seeks 128 volunteers who are:

· United States citizens over the age of 18 who have been instructors in higher education for at least two (2) years

This study is being conducted by a researcher named Elizabeth (Liz) Button, who is a doctoral student at Walden University. You may know Liz as a coworker, but this study is separate from that role.

Study Purpose:
The purpose of this study is to understand what some characteristics of instructors who are satisfied with their jobs are.

This study will involve you completing the following steps:
· Complete the demographics questions (5 questions)
· Complete a job satisfaction survey (approximately 5 minutes)
· Complete an emotional intelligence self-report assessment (5 minutes)

Here are some sample questions:
On the surveys, you will rate how much you agree or disagree with the statement based upon the scaling provided.

On the Job Satisfaction Survey, you may see a question like “I like the people I work with”

On the emotional intelligence self-report, you may see a question like “I seek out activities that make me happy”

Voluntary Nature of the Study:
Research should only be done with those who freely volunteer. So everyone involved will respect your decision to join or not. No one will treat you differently or judge you based on whether you volunteer or not. If you decide to join the study now, you can still change your mind later. You may stop at any time.

Risks and Benefits of Being in the Study:
Being in this study could involve some risk of the minor discomforts that can be encountered in daily life such as sharing sensitive information. With the protections in place, this study would pose minimal risk to your wellbeing. There are no anticipated risks to participating in this study, other than potentially realizing that you might not be particularly happy in your current job position.
This study offers no direct benefits to individual volunteers. The aim of this study is to benefit society by helping determine the best candidates for higher education positions. Once the analysis is complete, the researcher will post a summary of the results on social media websites used for recruiting.

There will be no payment for participation in this study.

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