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Workforce and Adult Education Earns Top Paper Recognition

Monday, December 19, 2016

The Workforce and Adult Education program was recently recognized with the top paper at the Association for Career and Technical Education Research (ACTER) poster session in Las Vegas.

Dr. Mary Jo Self


The winning paper entitled, "Retention and Job Satisfaction:  Factors Affecting CTE  (Career and Technical Education) Teachers," was authored by Ph.D. graduate Muhd Khaizer Omar, associate professor Mary Jo Self and assistant professor Ki Lynn Matlock.


This paper was one of only three recognized out of 20 submissions. ACTER is the premier conference specifically for career and technical educationresearch. It is held annually and is a peer-reviewed conference.  All submissions are reviewed by a minimum of three reviewers and the acceptance rate is 20 percent.  


Dr. Ki MatlockThe study focused on factors that affect whether or not career and technical educators stay in the teaching profession. The five factors found to be significant in the teachers’ retention plan include salary, administrative workloads, teachers’ evaluation and assessment, motivation, and job satisfaction.


Omar earned his Ph.D. from the OSU College of Education’s workforce and adult education program and is a beginning assistant professor in his home country of Malaysia at the University of Putra. Self (Workforce and Adult Education) and Matlock (Research, Evaluation, Measurement and Statistics) are current faculty in the OSU College of Education.

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