International Journal of Educational Research and Reviews

International Journal of Education Research and Reviews ISSN 2329-9843 Vol. 8 (6), pp. 001-007, June, 2020. © International Scholars Journals

Full Length Research Paper

Faculty’s job stress and performance in the undergraduate education assessment in China: A mixed-methods study

Lizhen Jing

Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong, E-mail: jinglizhen@cfau.edu.cn, Tel. 852-66745824.

Accepted 25 September, 2019

Abstract

The Undergraduate Education Assessment (assessment) was launched to upgrade faculty’s per-formance, but it also tends to intensify their job stress. Considering the little empirical research on the influence of stress on performance in the assessment and the confounded findings in literature, the study collected data with a survey and interviews to explore the characteristics of faculty’s job stress and performance and their relationships by distinguishing their levels and nature. The findings include (1) academics were working under moderate levels of stress from their job specificity and organ-izational practice and higher levels of stress from their self-expectations; (2) the U-shaped relation between stress and performance is a product of faculty’s compensatory control and (3) work-context stress significantly affects teaching effectiveness, but not research productivity. The author explained the findings in the assessment and proposed practical implications for administrators and faculty mem-bers to manage their stress and stimulate performance.

Key words: University faculty, assessment, job stress, performance, U-shaped relation.