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Morgridge College of Education

First Advisor

Sylvia D. Hall-Ellis, Ph.D.




With the increase in the number of students with disabilities taking part in colleges and universities nationwide (U.S. Department of Education, 2003; Horn & Nevill, 2006; Schuh, 2000; Collins & Mowbray, 2005), the role of disability service providers is indispensible. The underlying principle of this study was to explore the working conditions of disability service providers, their roles as middle managers, and duties inherent to their position. The review of literature summarized the progression of disability services on the college or university campus, the application of organizational development theory, and the role of middle managers. This synopsis of the role of the middle managers was used as the basis of the conceptual framework.

A web-based survey was developed to identify the level of job satisfaction ratings of disability service providers with regards to managing information, overseeing funds, influencing culture, and building a career. The main purpose of this study was to achieve a greater understanding of how organizational factors influenced levels of job satisfaction among disability service providers and examine perceived responses that both restrict and support their satisfaction levels.

A web-based Service Provider Job Satisfaction Survey (SPJSS) was developed and distributed to 472 disability service providers at postsecondary institutions within the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE) states. Results of the study indicated that building a career was an important organizational factor and years in the field had a significant impact on the level of job satisfaction. Outcomes from this study can be used as a means to identify the importance of various duties and responsibilities of disability service providers and organizational factors that could contribute to their satisfaction on the job. This study confirms the need for future research regarding organizational factors that could contribute to the level of job satisfaction of directors who provide services and supports for students at postsecondary institutions.

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Emelda Walker


Received from ProQuest

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127 p.


Higher education