An Investigation of Faculty Members' Engagement in Saudi Arabia

  • Eman Ibrahim AHMED Menoufia University, Egypt; Dammam University, Saudi Arabia


Faculty engagement has been proved to be a critical driver of the universities’ efficiency and effectiveness. The first step towards building an engaged workforce is to get a measure of faculty perceptions of their engagement level to their universities. Accordingly, the purpose of this paper is to investigate the faculty members' engagement in the Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University. It examines the relationship between the faculty professional variables and their level of engagement to their institutions. William Kahn's (1990) three-component model of employee engagement was partially adapted as a framework to measure the faculty members' engagement. A questionnaire was used to better address the objective of this study. The data were obtained from the Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University (Dammam University) through an internet-based survey. The validity and the reliability of the questionnaire has been evaluated and reported. Results of the analyses show that cognitive engagement is reported to be higher than both the emotional and physical engagement, with a mean rating of 4.040 and a standard deviation of .487, based on the five-point scale. Given the engagement level of the faculty members in this study, the university administrators should develop policies, and strategies that encourage and support engagement among faculty members at the University in order to maximize their engagement. Policy makers must also take into consideration the needs of the faculty members 

Author Biography

Eman Ibrahim AHMED, Menoufia University, Egypt; Dammam University, Saudi Arabia
Author biographyEman I. Ahmed is an assistant professor of Educational Leadership. She received her Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University. She taught at Penn State from 2008 to 2012. Her publications include Classroom Discipline Management: A Multi-Frame Analysis, and the book Women’s Career Mobility in Comparative Perspective: A Mixed Methods Study.