Date of Award

Fall 12-11-2015

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Educational Studies and Research

Committee Chair

Lilian H. Hill

Committee Chair Department

Educational Studies and Research

Committee Member 2

Thomas V. O'Brien

Committee Member 2 Department

Educational Studies and Research

Committee Member 3

Richard Mohn

Committee Member 3 Department

Educational Studies and Research

Committee Member 4

Donald Mitchell, Jr.

Abstract

Research on historically Black college and universities (HBCUs) as institutions of higher education is limited. There is even less scholarship that brings forth an understanding of student affairs at these institutions. A gap in the higher education, student affairs, residence life, and job satisfaction literature suggested a need for research on residence life professionals at HBCUs. Therefore, the goal of this study was to examine job satisfaction of entry-level residence life professionals at HBCUs. For this study, the researcher looked for factors that contributed to overall job satisfaction and further examined the roles of both gender and public or private HBCU on job satisfaction.

Herzberg’s two-factor theory was used as the framework for this study and the Job Satisfaction Survey (JSS) by Paul Spector (1994) was used to collect data for further examination. The researcher found factors that agreed and disagreed with factors suggested by Herzberg that contribute to job satisfaction or job dissatisfaction. No statistically significant differences of gender and/or public or private HBCU on overall job satisfaction were found; however, mean scores suggested that there were some varying feelings toward job satisfaction for all groups. As a result of this study, there is not more insight about residence life professionals as representatives of student affairs administrators in the field of higher education in HBCUs. Also, there is a greater knowledge about feelings toward job satisfaction with relation to gender and public or private HBCU

ORCID ID

0000-0001-7234-1099

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