ERIC Number: ED507561
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 83
In the Middle: How the Experience Defines Mid-Career for Student Affairs Professionals
Houdyshell, Michael E.
Online Submission, Ph.D. Dissertation, Michigan State University
The mid-career time-frame in student affairs is often defined by title, position, and responsibility. It is also the most under-researched and misunderstood time-frame in student affairs (Benke & Disque, 1990; Carpenter, Guido-DiBrito, & Kelly, 1987; Evans, 1988). Missing in the mid-career definition and research is an examination and understanding of the broader mid-career experience. This study uses data from surveys and interviews of mid-career student affairs professionals to redefine and refocus the mid-career experience. It offers an expanded view of mid-career that includes descriptors such as titles and positions, but also includes an examination of the challenges and supports present for many professionals during this time-frame. Included in this examination is how complicated and yet satisfying this time-frame can be for mid-career professionals in student affairs, and its impact on their professional and personal lives. Appended are: (1) Participant Demographics; (2) On-Line Survey; and (3) Interview Protocol.
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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