Campus police, Leadership
This study is based on leadership frame theory as developed by Drs. Lee Bolman and Terrence Deal who merged several different schools of theory into four different frames: structural, human resource, political, and symbolic. In July, 1998 the Leadership Orientation (Self) survey, developed by Bolman and Deal (1990a) was distributed to 343 campus safety directors at American public four-year postsecondary institutions. A return of 190 (55.4%) useable survey instruments was obtained in this study.
The utilization of leadership frames by campus safety directors was examined as well as the relationship between frame usage and age, education level, length of time in current position, length of time as director of campus safety at any institution, length of time in any law enforcement officer/campus safety position, size of institution, number of officers employed by the department, and the type of institution.
Major findings of this study included the following: (1) approximately two-thirds (67.4%) of the campus safety directors utilized multiple frames; (2) the human resource frame was the principal frame utilized by the campus safety directors; (3) the structural frame was the second most often used frame by campus safety directors; (4) two professional characteristics influenced the utilization of frames, the length of time that the campus safety directors held their current position affected their use of the political frame, and experience as a campus safety director at any institution affected their use of the human resource frame; (5) student population, department size, classification of campus, total years in law enforcement or campus security, and highest level of education did not influence the directors' utilization of the four frames.
Lynn, Mary Ann
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
College of Education
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Wolf, Ross A., "Campus Safety Directors: A Leadership Frame Analysis" (1998). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 2585.