Date of Award

Fall 2019

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



Committee Chair

Kyna Shelley

Committee Chair School


Committee Member 2

Richard Mohn

Committee Member 2 School


Committee Member 3

Thomas Lipscomb

Committee Member 3 School


Committee Member 4

David Lee

Committee Member 4 School



Administrative involvement is vital to the success of a school; therefore, the school principal has the authority and responsibility to offer various forms of support to teachers and students that make daily tasks and procedures more efficient and effective. The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of administrative involvement in student discipline on teacher morale. This quantitative study explored the relationship between administrative involvement and teacher morale by examining the administrator’s involvement with student discipline accounting for school climate.

Informed by a theoretical framework that includes path-goal theory (House, 1996) and leadership behaviors and traits that are associated with transformational leadership (Burns, 2010) and transactional leadership (Burns, 2010), this study endeavored to determine the influence of administrative involvement with student discipline on teacher morale.

The results of this study found that three dimensions of teacher morale, rapport with principal, satisfaction with teaching, and teacher load, were related to administrative involvement with student discipline. The study found that certain aspects of teacher morale could be predicted by administrative involvement in student discipline. The results could be used by secondary education administrators to make more informed decisions regarding student discipline policies and practices.