Term of Award

Spring 2008

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Education Administration (Ed.D.)

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (open access)

Copyright Statement / License for Reuse

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.


Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development

Committee Chair

Chance, Cindi

Committee Member 1

Randy Carlson

Committee Member 2

Jennie Rakestraw


The Minnesota Satisfaction Questionnaire (MSQ) was used to examine the level of job satisfaction experienced by career assistant principals and whether gender, school level, or career aspirations impacted that job satisfaction. Then, a list of duties commonly performed by assistant principals was created and respondents were asked to use a Likert scale to indicate the level of satisfaction they received from performing the duties. Career assistant principals were defined as those with seven or more years of experience and/or those who did not want to move higher in education. Requests were sent (by e-mail and postal mail) to 519 public school assistant principals in Georgia asking them to complete the survey by logging on to www.quia.com/sv/100751.html. A response rate of 42.9% (220 surveys) was received: 66 of those responses matched the definition of career assistant principals. The percentage of participants considered satisfied with their jobs was 69.69%. An ANOVA was then calculated to determine if gender, school level, or career aspiration impacted job satisfaction. Results of the ANOVA showed there were no statistically significant relationships between job satisfaction and gender, job satisfaction and school level, or job satisfaction and career aspirations. Many of the conclusions drawn from the data gathered in this study support the current research that gender and school level does not impact job satisfaction. Creating the school master schedule provided the most job satisfaction with a Likert mean of 4.20. The duties were then classified as requiring a leader or a manger. Career assistant principals found satisfaction in duties requiring a leader and manager as seen by the mean satisfaction score of 3.86 for duties requiring a leader and 3.75 for duties requiring a manager. . A t-test was applied to determine if there was a significant difference between these two categories. It suggested that there was no significant difference. However, 91% of respondents performed at least 24 out of 30 of the duties listed and 80% performed all of the listed duties which reinforced the concept that assistant principals undertake a myriad of duties in their position.

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