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Archer, D. Eric

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Ed.D. (Doctor of Education)

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Counseling, Adult and Higher Education


Higher education administration; Higher education; Public health education; Universities and colleges--Health promotion services--Research; Health education (Higher)--Research; Health education teachers--Attitudes--Research; Men--Employment--Attitudes--Research


This dissertation examines men in the career of health promotion in higher education. This study was designed to gain insight from men currently working in health promotion in higher education about why and how they entered their career as well as what is keeping them working in this field. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the perceptions and experiences of men working as health promotion professionals in the higher education setting regarding their entry into and persistence in their chosen profession.;Using a basic interpretive qualitative study approach, five participants took part in three semi-structured interviews, in which they were asked questions regarding their motivations for entry into health promotion in higher education and what influences them to remain in the career. Findings indicate that there were many factors impacting career entry and career persistence for the participants. While the findings of this study may be transferable to other men in health promotion in higher education, they are only generalizable to the five participants. The findings add to the current literature on professionals working in health promotion in higher education and student affairs, and to the literature on men in historically nontraditional career.


Advisors: D. Eric Archer.||Committee members: James Ciesla; Michael P. McNeil.


186 pages




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