Perceived organizational support, marginalization, isolation, emotional exhaustion, and job satisfaction of PETE faculty members

Christopher J. Kinder, Kevin Andrew Richards, Alyssa M. Trad, Amelia Mays Woods, Kim C. Graber

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Research has highlighted the role of workplace experiences in relation to outcomes, such as job satisfaction, among inservice physical education teachers. More recently, scholars have extended this line of scholarship to explore how higher education faculty members experience and navigate the sociopolitical context of higher education. Guided by occupational socialization theory, the purpose of this study was to understand the interactions among workplace experiences, which include perceived organizational support, marginalization, isolation, and emotional exhaustion, and their association with physical education teacher education faculty members’ perceived job satisfaction. Toward this end, a theoretically driven conceptual model was developed and evaluated using structural equation modeling. The sample comprised 283 United States (US)-based physical education teacher education (PETE) faculty members, and data were collected through an online survey that aimed to measure the identified study variables. Confirmatory factor analysis was conducted to verify the factor structure before advancing to structural equation modeling. The results of structural equation modeling supported the hypothesized relationships among variables, C3(141) = 294.56, p <.001; RMSEA =.075 (90% CI = [.066, 0.085], p <.001); SRMR =.057; NNFI =.962; CFI =.969. While some of the pathways were not significant, the associations of perceived organizational support on emotional exhaustion and job satisfaction were partially mediated by marginalization and isolation. Faculty members’ perceived organizational support and emotional exhaustion were important predictors of the perceptions of job satisfaction. Further research exploring the skills faculty utilize to increase and manage emotional exhaustion is warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)475-492
Number of pages18
JournalEuropean Physical Education Review
Issue number4
Early online dateMar 12 2023
StatePublished - Nov 2023


  • faculty socialization
  • higher education
  • occupational socialization theory
  • physical education
  • Teacher education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


Dive into the research topics of 'Perceived organizational support, marginalization, isolation, emotional exhaustion, and job satisfaction of PETE faculty members'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this