Date of Award

Fall 12-2022

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



Committee Chair

Dr. Kyna Shelley

Committee Chair School


Committee Member 2

Dr. Thomas Lipscomb

Committee Member 2 School


Committee Member 3

Dr. Kevin Wells

Committee Member 3 School




The purpose of this study was twofold. In Part 1 of this study, using a quantitative, cross-sectional survey research design, the purpose was to examine the dimensionality of an instrument developed by the researcher, the Employee Disability and Military Veteran Attitudes, Awareness, and Disclosure Questionnaire (EDMVAAD) and the relationships among the three variables of interest. In Part 2 of this study, using a quasi-experimental pretest/posttest design, the aim was to analyze whether a brief training session on diversity policies and practices related to employees with disabilities and military veterans in the higher education workplace, influenced participants knowledge levels and their willingness to disclose disability status in the workplace.

In Part 1, data was collected from 507 employees in higher education. An exploratory factor analysis of the EDMVAAD revealed a 13-factor solution that was found to be parsimonious and simple structure was achieved resulting in a 63-item scale with adequate internal reliability. This investigation revealed statistically significant differences in attitudes toward fellow employees with disabilities and employees who are military veterans among groups based on position of employment. Overall knowledge of diversity policies and practices was a significant predictor of attitudes toward these two subpopulations and willingness to disclose disability status in the workplace.

In Part 2 of this study, pretest and posttest results revealed significant differences on the knowledge posttest. However, on the willingness to disclose disability and/or military status in the workplace posttest, there was not a significant difference between groups. Training appeared to influence knowledge but not willingness to disclose disability and/or military status scores.