Health, Exercise, and Sports Sciences ETDs

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The purpose of this study was to assess the organizational commitment among athletic directors at NCAA Division III member institutions. These issues of organizational commitment have not been previously addressed in regard to athletic directors. A quantitative, cross sectional, non-experimental, research design was utilized for this investigation. The theoretical framework on which this investigation was built upon is Meyer and Allens (1991) three-component model theory of organizational commitment: affective (desire), continuance (cost), and normative (obligation). A census sample of NCAA Division III athletic directors as listed in the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) 2009-2010 National Directory of College Athletics. Of the 418 listed in the NACDA Directory 169 participated. Multiple, One-Way ANOVA's were conducted to test the differences in organizational commitment utilizing the independent variables of age, marital/partnership status, number years at institution, gender, and ethnicity. No significant relationship was found between age, gender, number of years at institution, and ethnicity and organizational commitment. There was a significant difference found between married vii and domestic partner at (p< .05). This finding is interesting because it may call attention to why some NCAA Division III athletic directors who are in committed relationships feel the necessity to remain at their institution.'


National Collegiate Athletic Association. Division III, Athletic directors--United States--Attitudes, Organizational commitment, Sports administration--United States--Psychological aspects

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Physical Education, Sports and Exercise Science

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Health, Exercise, and Sports Sciences

First Committee Member (Chair)

Seidler, Todd K.

Second Committee Member

Jackson, E. Newton Jr.

Third Committee Member

Quarterman, Jerome