Paper Type

Doctoral Dissertation


College of Education and Human Services

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD)


Leadership, School Counseling & Sport Management

NACO controlled Corporate Body

University of North Florida. Department of Leadership, School Counseling & Sports Management

First Advisor

Dr. Amanda Pascale

Second Advisor

Dr. Matthew Ohlson

Rights Statement

Third Advisor

Dr. Lucy Croft

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Anne Swanson

Department Chair

Dr. Elizabeth Gregg

College Dean

Dr. Diane Yendol-Hoppey


Organizational culture substantially impacts employee motivation, employee behavior, and employee participation in professional development activities. In the field of Student Affairs, it is critical for employees to regularly participate in professional development activities to stay up-to-date with understanding today’s students’ needs and meeting federal and state demands. This study examined what individual and organizational culture factors predict participation in professional development activities among student affairs professionals at higher education institutions. For this study, 354 participants from various public and private institutions were emailed an anonymous web-based survey. Field theory served as the theoretical foundation giving perspective as to how external and internal factors contribute to behavioral changes. Human capital theory and empirical research provided the framework for the organizational culture factors investigated. The results of this study informs practice and policy concerning supervision models; performance evaluation methods; the allocation of resources dedicated to developing and training staff members; professional development plans; higher education curriculum; policies and regulations associated with training and development (T&D); accreditation implications; and the logistics associated with T&D opportunities offered by professional organizations.