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Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Year of Publication


Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation




Educational Policy Studies and Eval

First Advisor

Dr. Jane Jensen


College student employees are not only serving the overall mission of their institutions, but also developing career readiness skills through daily interactions while at work. In this study, I explore the perceptions of the supervisors of student employees as both managers and student affairs professionals. Through one-on-one interviews with supervisors, discussing their interactions with students, I explore the implicit and explicit curricula they provide to their students using a curriculum analysis framework. I then compare the resulting learning outcomes against those identified in industry standards. The supervisors described supporting student employees' personal development during the student employment experience as well as through informal mentoring relationships. Identifying the student development potential of student employment can contribute to the development of more purposeful student employment experiences with a lasting impact on students, supervisors, and the institutional mission.

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Funding Information

  • Association of College Union International 2023 Research Grant
  • National Association for Campus Activities 2023 Bronze Scholar