Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)



First Advisor

Ray Reiplinger

Second Advisor

Houston Thompson

Third Advisor

Ryan Spittal

Scholarship Domain(s)

Scholarship of Discovery, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning


Community Colleges fulfill a vital role in society and in higher education, while constraints are expanding. Understanding and increasing the engagement of full-time faculty members could be critical to community colleges in meeting their challenges and advancing their mission. This quantitative study, with focus group follow-up, was conducted within the largest and oldest community college in Ohio. First, findings established an existing level of full-time faculty member engagement and perceptions. Next, the study examined variations of perceptions relative to engagement based on tenure status, academic discipline, length of service, and campus location. Lastly, the study examined the relationship between community college and faculty union satisfaction and faculty engagement. Findings and focus-group feedback were used to answer research questions.


Ed.D. dissertation completed in 2012 for Olivet Nazarene University.