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Advisory Committee Chair

Gary Peters

Advisory Committee Members

Loucrecia Collins

Michelle Jean Sims

Boyd Rogan

Melanie Shores

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Degree Name by School

Doctor of Education (EdD) School of Education


The purpose of this quantitative study was to determine if a relationship existed between job satisfaction levels and certain demographic characteristics among public school assistant principals in the State of Alabama. Research on assistant principals was limited but revealed assistant principals do not feel prepared for their role and responsibilities. Herzberg’s motivation-hygiene theory was used by combining the six facets of work on present job, supervision, people on your present job, job in general, opportunities for promotion, and pay to determine the overall level of job satisfaction for individual assistant principals. Public school assistant principals across the state of Alabama were contacted through e-mail to participate in the online survey resulting in 365 participants. Regression analysis was conducted for job satisfaction in multiple demographic areas to determine whether or not there were any significant predictors of job satisfaction for assistant principals. School setting, age, total years as an assistant principal, salary, and career assistant principal aspiration were significant predictors of job satisfaction. This study may provide evidence to school systems and college administrative preparatory programs that more support may be necessary to help assistant principals be more effective and satisfied in their role.

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