Date of Award

Fall 12-2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ded)


Professional Studies in Education

First Advisor

David Piper, D.Ed.

Second Advisor

Kelli Paquette, Ed.D.

Third Advisor

Mark Twiest, Ph.D.


There is an absence of research examining the relationship between the experiences that occurred while holding formal student leadership positions and leadership identity development. This study will investigate if leadership can be learned through the lenses of the leadership experience of men who hold the formal student leadership position of chapter president within their local chapters of their national social fraternal organization. The design of the study is quantitative in nature and will utilize an electronic survey to examine the impact of a college student’s leadership identity development from holding a position of leadership within a student organization.