ERIC Number: ED458711
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Oct
What's Right about the School Superintendency?
Sharp, William L.; Malone, Bobby G.; Walter, James K.
In spite of the many problems and challenges facing the superintendency, there are positive aspects of the job. The high degree of job satisfaction that superintendents report can only be accounted for by factors, issues, or challenges that are viewed as positive, not negative. This study surveyed superintendents to determine those aspects of the job that account for the high degree of job satisfaction and the high number of superintendents who indicated they would choose the superintendency again if given the opportunity. The literature provides many negative features, yet most of the individuals who perform the job every day do not view their job in a negative way. The study sought to determine what is right about the superintendency and what motivates one to pursue the position as a career. Surveys were sent to superintendents in Indiana, Texas, and Illinois. Strong reasons for liking the job included the following: provides input into the direction of the school district; impacts students; builds a team of educators; makes a difference in teaching and learning; meets daily challenges; and uses the skills the superintendent possesses. Weakest reasons for liking the job included is well paid, influences community decisions, is in control of one's schedule, and enjoys working with the board of education. (Contains 18 references.) (DFR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-Western Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, October 24-27, 2001).