Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Shaikah Al-Taneiji

Second Advisor

Dr. Ali Ibrahim

Third Advisor

Dr. Omar Mohammad Ali Khasawneh


This study examined the effectiveness of head of faculty (HOF) in developing female teachers' practices in Al Ain schools in the United Arab Emirates. The study incorporated both qualitative and quantitative methods for data collection. Both the questionnaire and the interview focused on the role of HOF in planning, teachers' professional development (PD) and the supervision of teachers. The results of the study indicated that there was a diversity of responses evident in questionnaires and interviews. The study found that although HOF play an important role in planning with teachers, coordinating PD programs and supervising teachers, HOF were reported not to be fulfilling these duties due to the significant administrative workload imposed upon them. Based on the findings, the researcher provided several recommendations. Firstly, the study emphasizes a much-needed update of HOF job description, as the current version published in 2014 is outdated, and does not include HOF’s role in assessing teacher performance. The researcher also recommended that HOF be monitored on a regular basis by the school administration, to ensure that they are performing all their duties outlined in their job description, particularly those pertaining to teacher observations and evaluations, and the provision of teacher PD. Finally, the study supports a reduction in HOF administrative tasks to enable them sufficient time to carry out their duties effectively.