Date of Award

Spring 3-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)



First Advisor

Dr. Joseph Alsobrook

Second Advisor

Dr. Roger Mitch Nasser

Third Advisor

Dr. Michael Marzano


Previous research has confirmed that high performing employees have higher levels of engagement. This study explored factors influencing employee engagement in the context of higher education with particular emphasis on the potential impact of supervisory behaviors. Participants included faculty, adjunct instructors, staff, and coaches. No significant relationships were found between direct supervisor behaviors and the extent to which the research sample was engaged in their work. In addition to meaningful opportunities, recognition and collaboration with others were found to be important motivators through which engagement at work is heightened.