Paper Type

Doctoral Dissertation


College of Education and Human Services

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD)



NACO controlled Corporate Body

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

First Advisor

Dr. Amanda Pascale

Second Advisor

Dr. Chris Janson

Department Chair

Dr. Liz Gregg

College Dean

Dr. Diane Yendol-Hoppey


Supervision is a critical component of any employee’s professional life, but it can be especially impactful to a student affairs professional. The foundation of the student affairs field is to help a student grow and develop as a whole person. This concept carries on to student affairs professionals as well, as supervisors should strive to develop the whole professional creating a positive work environment. This study analyzed the use of synergistic supervision techniques on student affairs employees’ job satisfaction. An anonymous, electronic survey was emailed to student affairs professionals at public, private and community colleges across the nation. One hundred fifty-one participants in various positions within the field took the survey. Synergistic supervision, created by Winston & Creamer (1997), and the human resource theory served as the conceptual and theoretical framework for this study. The findings from this study indicate that the use of synergistic supervision techniques predicts job satisfaction. These results inform practice involving training in supervision for student affairs divisions from the top down, and revision of staffing models and the professional development opportunities offered by guiding professional organizations.