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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Stimpson, Racheal Lee
Author's Email Address rstimpso@vt.edu
URN etd-04142009-130050
Title An Exploration of Senior Student Affairs Officers' Career and Life Paths
Degree PhD
Department Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Janosik, Steven M. Committee Chair
Burge, Penny L. Committee Member
Ridgwell, Diana M. Committee Member
Smith, Barbara Ellen Committee Member
Keywords
  • work-life balance
  • student affairs
  • senior student affairs officers
  • gender
  • Super
Date of Defense 2009-04-02
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
An Exploration of Senior Student Affairs Officers’ Career and Life Paths

Racheal L. Stimpson

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore the career and life paths of male and female Senior Student Affairs Officers (SSAOs). The study used Super’s components of Work Salience and Career maturity to examine gender differences and commonalities of individuals in their climb to a SSAO position. Specifically, the study examined the role of family and personal life and the intersection with career. Employing qualitative methods in the form of semi-structured interviews, this study investigated the following research questions:

1. How do female SSAOs describe their life and career development according to Super’s factors of Work Salience and Career Maturity?

2. How do male SSAOs describe their life and career development according to Super’s factors of Work Salience and Career Maturity?

3. How do male and female SSAOs life and career development experiences compare to one another according to Super’s factors of Work Salience and Career Maturity?

The transcripts were analyzed using open and focused coding to find themes present in the data. The coding process was reviewed by a peer as well as a panel of experts to ensure trustworthiness. The findings of the study indicated themes regarding caregiving, work experience, leisure activities, marital status, scheduling, and career planning.

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