Work Engagement Among University Faculty Members: the Case for Jordan


  • Ayman Oliemat, Samer Khasawneh, Salah Hailat, Ammar Alawneh


Work engagement has received increased attention in recent years due to its relationship to important individual and organizational level outcomes. The purpose of this study is to determine work engagement among professors at one public university in Jordan. Data is collected from a random sample of 252 professors representing about 28% of the total population. The questionnaire used in this study is the Utrecht Work Engagement Scale (17 items) (Schaufeli et al., 2002), which is a valid and reliable measure in different parts of the world and across different occupations. Results indicated that participants have high levels of work engagement on each dimension (vigor, dedication, and absorption). The results also indicated that no significant differences are detected in levels of work engagement based on the demographic variables of gender, experience, and degree. Finally, several recommendations are suggested for those interested in the field of work engagement especially for academics employed by the higher education system. For example, the university system in Jordan should emphasize different leadership approaches (e.g., ethical leadership) to develop effective engagement strategies in the future.