Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Aaron Hughey (Director), Jim Berger, Monica Burke, Stacy Edds-Ellis

Degree Program

Educational Leadership Doctoral Program

Degree Type

Doctor of Education


The college community is built with several necessary components. When considering the faces of a college campus one visualizes the administration, faculty, staff, and students. Through these roles, each serves a function impacting the mission of the institution. Utilizing qualitative methods of interviews, observations, and document analysis this study examined the dynamics and interactions of two roles on a community college campus. The research sought to understand the perceptions of faculty and staff regarding one another and the ultimate impact on the community college campus culture. The data revealed a gap not only exists in the available literature on the faculty and staff divide, but also within the campus community. The concept of faculty governance impacts the overall voice of staff on the campus as staff indicate feeling silenced and undervalued. Faculty perceive staff as bound to the campus by their role, in that the job is only capable of being completed on a standard work schedule in a specified office. Overall, both faculty and staff recognize the impact of organizational structure of the campus; however, faculty and staff disagree on the means of approaching the disconnect.


Educational Leadership | Higher Education | Organizational Communication