Title

Perceived effectiveness of hall director leadership style on the satisfaction of resident assistants in Mississippi

Date of Award

2009

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Educational Studies and Research

First Advisor

W. Lee Pierce

Advisor Department

Educational Studies and Research

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to ascertain which leadership style correlates most with RA satisfaction in residence halls at three public universities in Mississippi. When satisfied, RAs will be more efficient in their roles and this will transfer to students residing in the halls. As a result more students in the residence halls will become more satisfied with their living environment and residence hall experience. Schroeder and Mable (1994) have stated that residence halls lack strong internal direction and a solution to this problem is to encourage the development of effective leadership skills. Instead of addressing the lack of strong leadership skills in the residence halls, some residence life departments across the United States have decided to invest in facilities and amenities. This focus has been made very apparent with the demolition of older buildings, the building of state of the art facilities, and the addition of amenities such as computer controlled washers. From the results of the overall regression, there is a positive relationship between transformational leadership sub-scores and RA satisfaction. The null hypothesis was rejected. There is also a positive relationship between some transactional leadership sub-scores and RA satisfaction causing the null to be rejected. However, there was no positive relationship between laissez-faire/passive avoidant leadership. As a result the researcher failed to reject the null hypothesis.