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Kegolis Jeffrey L

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NEW PROFESSIONALS' PERSPECTIVES OF SUPERVISION IN STUDENT AFFAIRS
Jeffrey L. Kegolis
A Dissertation

Submitted to the Graduate College of Bowling Green
State University in partial fulfillment of
the requirements for the degree of

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

May 2009
Committee:
Dr. Robert DeBard, Advisor
Dr. J. Oliver Boyd-Barrett

Graduate Faculty Representative
Dr. William E. Knight
Dr. Patricia K. Kubow

© 2009
Jeffrey L. Kegolis
All Rights Reserved

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ABSTRACT
Robert DeBard, Advisor

The importance of effective supervision to increase productivity in the administration of
student affairs motivated this dissertation. This study was designed to assess the perceptions of
new professionals regarding the supervision practices encountered in their initial experience
following graduation from their master’s program. The sample featured alumni from 17 different
institutions with professional preparation programs in college student personnel, higher
education administration, or student affairs administration. From these institutions, 447 alumni
participated and completed the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI-Observer).

One-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) was used to determine the significant
differences among the demographic information of new professionals and their supervisors. The
results showed that male supervisors were rated as effective as female supervisors andAfrican

American supervisors were rated as effective as White supervisors at frequency of exemplary
practice.

On a national level, when compared to the research collected online by Posner from 2005
to 2007 of various sectors, it appears from this study that increased attention on supervision
within student affairs is necessary. Conclusions and recommendations focused on the importance
of gender differences, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and the need for further exploration of this
topic in future research.

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