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An exploration of student affairs administrators' spirituality and leadership to serve students
by Warden, Michael William, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2017, 158; 10254740
Abstract (Summary)

This qualitative research study explored student affairs administrators’ spirituality and leadership. In light of recent research into the spiritual lives of students and faculty in higher education, this study sought to explore if student affairs administrators could articulate any connection between spirituality and their leadership, as well as how they view and support the spiritual concerns of their students. By interviewing 8 participants, 4 themes emerged, (a) I know who I am, (b) different paths to leadership, (c) working with others, and (d) supporting student spiritual concerns. These 4 themes demonstrate how student affairs administrators articulate their spirituality, how that spirituality influences their leadership, and how they support the spiritual concerns of their students. This study adds to the research on spirituality in higher education, and offers recommendations for further exploration into the spirituality of student affairs administrators.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Locks, Angela M.
Commitee: O'Brien, Jonathan, Vega, William M.
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Spirituality, Higher education
Keywords: Educational leadership, Higher education, Leadership and spirituality, Public institution, Student affairs
Publication Number: 10254740
ISBN: 978-1-369-56828-8
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