M. A. Higher Education
Educational Services and Leadership
College of Education
Committee Member 1
Committee Member 2
on-campus employment, student affairs, student development
College students--Employment; Student affairs administrators
The purpose of this sequential exploratory mixed methods study is to explore the relationship between on-campus employment and student development through examining student employees' and professional staffs' perceptions. While certain impacts (i.e., retention and grade point average) of on-campus employment have been researched, the impact this experience has on student development is understudied. Furthermore, the formation of a dueling narrative (the inclusion of both student and professional perceptions) is even less present in research. By analyzing the perceptions held by both populations, these findings compare what student employees are truly gaining from their employment experience versus what professional staff believe student employees are gaining. Findings from the quantitative and qualitative data suggest student employees and professional staff share similar perceptions in many domains, such as transferable skill acquisition and the role professionals play in student development. However, findings also imply there are domains student employees and professional staff do not hold similar perceptions, such as leadership development and the inclusion of student voices in the planning and facilitation of student development opportunities.
McKinney, Maeve K., "More than a job: An exploration of student employee and professional staff perceptions of the relationship between on-campus employment and student development" (2021). Theses and Dissertations. 2900.