Term of Award

Fall 2016

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (open access)

Copyright Statement / License for Reuse

Creative Commons License
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Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development

Committee Chair

Teri Melton

Committee Member 1

Dan Calhoun

Committee Member 2

Georj Lewis


The purpose of this descriptive quantitative study was to discover the responsibilities of the dean of students in managing campus crisis. The literature clearly identifies the dean of students as a member of the crisis management team (Benjamin, 2014; Zdziarski, 2001, 2006, 2016). However, a gap in the literature exists concerning the specific responsibilities of the dean of students in responding to campus crisis.

The five phases of crisis management as defined by PPD-8 are Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery (US Department of Homeland Security, 2011). In signing PPD-8, President Obama mandated all state and federal organizations develop comprehensive crisis management plans to address each phase of crisis management. Zdziarski (2016) suggested several responsibilities that should be addressed in each phase of campus crisis management. The survey used in this study addressed these responsibilities.

The findings showed that deans of students in the state of Georgia have some responsibility in each phase of crisis management, however, deans reported having more responsibility in the Prevention and Recovery phases than any other phases. Further, the results of this research show the responsibilities of the deans of students in the state of Georgia are minimally affected by degree program, FTE, and student housing status. However, institution type showed some impact on the responsibilities of the deans of students in the Protection and Mitigation phases of crisis management.

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