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Type of Resource: text

Genre: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Date Created: Fall 2016

Date Issued: 2016

Publisher: Florida Atlantic University

Physical Form: pdf

Extent: 172 p.

Language(s): English

Abstract/Description: According to higher education preparation standards, students whocomplete master’s preparation programs in student affairs should not only beacquiring skills and knowledge, they should be socialized into the field of studentaffairs. Master’s level preparation programs in college student personnel orhigher education leadership are often coupled with a graduate assistantship sothat students are able to obtain valuable theory-to-practice experience. Thisadditional experience becomes complementary to the work the graduate studentis doing in the classroom and thus becomes a practical learning opportunity.After completing a preparation program, a former master’s student willmost likely move into an entry-level position in student affairs, such as residencehall director, student activities coordinator, judicial affairs coordinator, or afraternity/sorority coordinator. However, despite this common career pathway, there has been limited research regarding the role a student affairs graduateassistantship plays in assisting students in their socialization and transition intothe field and how this prepares these new student affairs professionals for theirfirst position post-master’s degree.Thirteen new professionals in student affairs who graduated from twopreparation programs in the southeastern region of the United States participatedin this basic interpretive qualitative study. The purpose of this basic interpretivequalitative study was to examine and describe the experience of new studentaffairs professionals who held a graduate assistantship in student affairs duringtheir graduate preparation program and the role, if any, the graduateassistantship played in their perceptions of preparedness. Based on the findingsof this study, the graduate assistantship in student affairs indeed plays a role inthe perceptions of preparedness of these new professionals. The overarchingthemes that emerged using Schlossberg’s (1984) transition theory as theanalytical lens were mentorship, hands-on experience, peer interactions, andfinancial enticement. The findings from this study align with and expand uponthe existing student affairs literature, and provide awareness to student affairspractitioners and higher education leadership faculty on how to best support newprofessionals as they transition into the field of student affairs.

Identifier: FA00004743 (IID)

Note(s): Includes bibliography.Dissertation (Ph.D.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2016.

Held by: Florida Atlantic University Digital Library

Sublocation: Boca Raton, Fla.

Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fau/fd/FA00004743

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Owner Institution: FAU



Autor: Byard, Lisa A. Samuda , author Laanan, Frankie Santos Dr., Thesis advisor College of Education, Degree grantor

Fuente: http://fau.digital.flvc.org/islandora/object/fau%3A33973



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