Campus Location

Dallas Campus (Online)

Date of Award


Document Type



Organizational Leadership

Degree Name

Doctor of Education

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Andrew Lumpe

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Timothy Atkinson

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Marsha Rutland


Individuals in allied healthcare professions continue to see growth in all areas, including clinical practice and higher education. Leaders at the university level, alongside leadership within allied healthcare accreditation bodies for disciplines like athletic training, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology, maintain the need to grow the professions through master’s and doctoral degree programs. With the growth, many working practitioners move from clinical practice to academia with little to no experience or understanding of higher education and all the responsibilities of the job. This quantitative research study used a purposive sampling of allied healthcare professionals across the United States who moved from more than 2 years in clinical practice into academia. Solicitation of participants occurred through email and a Qualtrics link providing the consent and survey. In the survey, participants answered demographic questions and items in two other instruments, the Transition Guide and Questionnaire© and the Circumplex Scales of Interpersonal Efficacy, modified to fit the context of past transitions and relationships. After analyzing the data, it was discovered that more than 50% of individuals who move into academia from clinical practice have no training in faculty advising. Other noted results included strong correlations between interpersonal efficacy in faculty advising and the support they received in their transitions, along with the strategies they utilized while making a move to academics. The results warrant further investigation of the matter, including a larger sample size, and the potential benefits of more specific training, particularly in faculty advising, for allied healthcare professionals as they transition into higher education.

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