Date of Award

Fall 12-2021

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



Committee Chair

Dr. Kyna Shelley

Committee Chair School


Committee Member 2

Dr. David Lee

Committee Member 2 School


Committee Member 3

Dr. Chuck Benigno

Committee Member 4

Dr. Richard S. Mohn

Committee Member 4 School


Committee Member 5

Dr. Thomas J. Lipscomb

Committee Member 5 School



The purpose of the study was to assess the relationship between the four dimensions of principal support and first-year teacher job satisfaction. First-year teachers responded to an online questionnaire that collected demographic data and information regarding principal support importance and overall job satisfaction, using a Likert scale. This questionnaire was developed to measure principal support and first-year teacher job satisfaction. The researcher used a combination of the Principal Support, Minnesota Satisfaction Questionnaire, and a collected of items addressing the importance of the principal supports, along with demographics of the respondents.

A multiple linear regression was used to predict to what degree each dimension of support is related to first-year teacher job satisfaction. The results of the research showed that there are no significant relationships between first-year teacher job satisfaction and the importance of receiving emotional support (p=.114), Informational Support (p=.107), Instrumental Support (p=.282), and Appraisal Support (p=.547). However, the reported importance of each dimension of support was between 4.3 and 4.9 indicating slight importance amongst the respondents.