Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ded)


Professional Studies in Education

First Advisor

Jennifer Rotigel, D.Ed.

Second Advisor

George Bieger, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Kelli Jo Kerry-Moran, Ph.D.


This quantitative study explored self-reported orientation and organizational socialization experiences of new student affairs professionals through a survey instrument constructed by the researcher and administered online. Individuals who identified themselves as entry level professionals through membership of the American College Personnel Association were invited to respond to the online survey. The survey examined if there was a relationship between orientation and organizational socialization. In addition, this study sought to identify significant differences and predictability of individuals' organizational socialization. Results included the finding that individuals who participated in a purposeful orientation program were more highly socialized in their organization than those who did not participate in an orientation program. In addition, significant differences in individuals' organizational socialization were recognized between professionals who had participated in orientation and/or had previous student affairs experience compared to those who did not participate in orientation and/or did not have previous student affairs experience. Finally, it was determined that purposeful orientation had a unique attribute in the prediction of organizational socialization. Implications for practice included suggestions for a human resource orientation plan as well as suggestions for supervisors of new professionals. In addition, the researcher provided recommendations for future research.