|dc.contributor.author||Smith, Elaine Lagormarsino||
|dc.description||v, 134 leaves. Advisor: Annette M. Liggett.||en
|dc.description.abstract||The problem. The problem of this study was to find out how many
people held a valid Pre K-12 superintendent endorsement in the State of
Iowa during the 1996-97 calendar year, but who were not currently
serving as a superintendent in the state, to determine whether or not
any of these people were seeking a superintendent position, and to find
out what they considered to be attractive or not attractive about
serving as a Pre K-12 school superintendent.
Procedures. Data was collected through three sources:
conversational interviews with educational leaders of the state, a
survey of the superintendent endorsed population, and focus group forums
with selected survey respondents. Descriptive statistics were used to
report findings from the survey. Qua1itative research methodology was
used in analyzing information from the three sources and for deriving
conclusions of the study.
Findings. Four research questions guided this study. The findings
addressing those questions are: (a) There were 315 people endorsed to be
a school superintendent in Iowa in 1996-97 who were not serving as a
superintendent; (b) Sixty percent of the endorsed population was not
seeking a superintendent's position at the time of this study; (c) For
those seeking or considering a position six barriers or conditions were
identified as influencing their decision to apply: satisfaction with
their current position, negative impact on their family life, too
political an arena, high stress level in the job, absence of
superintendent experience, and instability in length of job;
(d) Possible candidates believed their willingness to apply could be
positively inf 1 uenced by honest and active recruitment and training and
support from acting superintendents.
Conclusions. The majority of the superintendent-endorsed people
were not planning to become a superintendent. As a whole, the endorsed
population did not find the complexity and demands of the
superintendency to be an attractive career move. If they were to seek a
position, study participants wanted strong professional support and
encouragement throughout the process.
1. Similar research should be conducted in other states to further
expand the understanding of the nation's leadership crisis--especially
as it relates to the school superintendency.
2. There are indications that a similar leadership crisis is
operating in the state of Iowa pertaining to building level leadership.
A similar study could contribute to the dialogue addressing that crisis.
3. Participants in this study most often turned to current
superintendents to receive information about the job. A study could
reveal what superintendents are saying both formally and informally
about their role.||en
|dc.relation.ispartofseries||Drake University Dissertations, School of Education;1999||
|dc.subject||School superintendents--Iowa--Job satisfaction.||en
|dc.title||Qualified but not Willing: the Problem with Recruiting Superintendents in Iowa||en