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Dissertation (UNI Access Only)


School superintendents--Iowa--Attitudes; School principals--Iowa--Attitudes;


The purpose of this study was to offer to the profession insight and explanations concerning the dual role superintendent/principal position from one individual serving in this position. It will expand the limited research available with an examination of one superintendent/principal, as described by this individual in his Iowa school district. It will also provide local school boards and school districts the opportunity to examine whether the cost savings that result from employing a dual role superintendent/principal yields the leadership necessary for the effective operation of their school district.

This grounded theory study used role theory as a conceptual framework for understanding the model of dual role superintendent/principal in the process of investigating the experiences of the dual role superintendent. It examined role responsibilities, satisfactions, challenges, and perceptions as expressed through the voices of the dual role superintendent, school board president, superintendent secretary, business manager, elementary principal, instructional coach, and high school teacher serving in one small school district in Iowa. This study revealed the experiences through the voices of the individuals serving in these positions collected during on-site interviews with the dual role superintendent/principal in one Iowa school. Information gathered from the respondents’ own voices gave naturalistic, rich descriptions of the specific role of the superintendent/principal and how they implement the multiple roles expected of them.

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Doctor of Education


Department of Educational Leadership and Postsecondary Education

First Advisor

Timothy Gilson, Chair

Date Original


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