Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education


James Coaxum, III, Ph.D.

Committee Member 1

Jo Ann Manning, Ed.D.

Committee Member 2

Hajime Mitani, Ph.D.


Principal leadership, School climate


School principals--Evaluation


Educational Leadership


The purpose of this qualitative research study was to examine the leadership characteristics of principals and an aspect of school climate in a district located in rural, southern New Jersey. Specifically, this study will identify leadership characteristics exhibited by principals, the aspects of school climate that staff considered significant, and how principal leadership qualities influence school climate as observed by the staff in Chamberlain Regional School District. This research was conducted during the 2021- 2022 school year. Staff from each of the five buildings in the Chamberlain Regional School District were selected to participate in either individual interviews with the researcher or focus groups. The interviews lasted no more than sixty minutes. Given the importance of principals in the academic setting, it is important that research continues to identify the leadership characteristics that positively impact school climate to inform instruction and create an environment that supports the success of staff and students alike. The results of this study provide justification for future professional development opportunities at the district and building levels on leadership and on recognizing and influencing school climate to support student and staff success.

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