International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Faculty Stress in a Saudi Government University
Musrrat Parveen

This study explores the faculty perception towards occupational stress in the college of business of a public university in one of the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries, using established questionnaire, data collected from seven departments in the government university. Faculty Stress Index (FSI) was used for data collection in this study. This is the instrument used to measure faculty stress in this study. The FSI items are divided into five subscales: (a) Rewards and Recognition (b) Time Constraint (c) Professional Identity (d) Departmental Influences, and (e) Students interaction. The higher the score, greater would be the stress. Using the FSI Instrument, this study collected data from 160 faculty members of various departments. Research findings on the coping strategies that faculty used to tackle stress were also reviewed. As suggested by previous researchers, future research needs to explore the further testing on the effects of sub-variables. Through this study, the future research investigated further the effects of sub-variables and University status, faculty workload and Research work which can also directly or indirectly influence the faculty stress level in KSA universities. Table 4 shows that Multivariate analysis of Variance (MANOVA) tests confirm significant differences in perception of Individual stress in terms of gender, academic rank, nationality, department, academic degree, employment status and number of years working. The results revealed that Higher Management and Research Department should focus on in enhancing sense of belonging to both the university and the individuals. As a result, it would ideally have positive impact on both Occupational Satisfaction and Individual/Combine research publication.

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