Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
|Scopus||Web of Science®||Altmetric|
|Title:||An assessment of stress factors on engineering academics in a regional context|
|Citation:||Proceedings of the Frontiers in Education Conference, held in Seattle, Washington, October 3-6, 2012: pp.273-278|
|Conference Name:||Frontiers in Education Conference (42nd : 2012 : Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.)|
|Steven Goh, Hong Zhou, Frank Bullen and Kenneth Davey|
|Abstract:||The Australian higher education sector has accepted that increasing work-related stresses can have a negative impact on the quality and productivity of academic life. Workplace stresses can have significant financial impact both on university budgets and the overall economy due to poor decision-making, health issues and accidents resulting from illness. Engineering academics that teach and/or research within higher education institutions have been reported anecdotally to have a high prevalence of stress. The actual (self-perceived) level however has been largely unquantified. The research reported in this paper was conducted to assess self-perceived stress levels and identify the stress factors within a cohort of engineering academics at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), a small regionally based Australian university renowned for its distance education. The questionnaire was applied using a mix of validated and non-validated survey instruments and incorporated a set of questions previously applied at the University of Adelaide (UoA). Findings from USQ are broadly in line with those independently reported elsewhere for Australia and the UK, with some minor exceptions. In summary the USQ project indicates that engineering academics have higher perceived stress levels than the validated health threshold, with significant variation based on age, academic type (teaching-research), and for staff with English as a second language. The results from both universities also indicated that there are significant stress contributors related to the pressure to obtain grants and to publish and to the (low) resultant levels of recognition from employers for any success. More specific to distance education providers (such as USQ), there are stress contributors related to servicing and dealing with the external mode of course design, delivery and lecture preparation.|
|Keywords:||Work-related stress; workplace practices; faculty development; academic development|
|Rights:||© 2012 IEEE|
|Appears in Collections:||Chemical Engineering publications|
Files in This Item:
There are no files associated with this item.
Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.