The Socialization of an Assistant Principal Through an Autoethnographic Lens

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

First Advisor

Dr. David Byrd

Document Type


Second Advisor

Dr. Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban

Third Advisor

Dr. Susan Gracia


Feinstein School of Education and Human Development

Department (Manual Entry)

Education Doctoral Program

Date of Original Version

Spring 5-2012


This study is part of a limited but growing body of research that examines and describes the social side of pulic school administration. Most training programs that prepare public school administrators are highly effective with regard to providing students the theoretical foundation that surrounds administrative roles, but as the literature illustrates, there is a gap between theory and practice. This autoethnographical dissertation addresse this gap by providing an analytical description of what individuals do when acting as a public school administrator. Specifically, this study follows the transition into an assistant principalship and how the author was socialized into that role