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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type


Degree Name

Higher Education Administration: Ed.D.


Educational Administration and Higher Education


School of Education

First Advisor

Steven McCullar

Second Advisor

Micheal Mills

Third Advisor

Judith Siminoe

Fourth Advisor

Ginger Zierdt

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

hall director, fair labor standards act, FLSA, worker performance, residence life, hourly employee


Live-on residential life hall director staff shifted from a salaried employment status to an hourly employment status as a result of a reinterpretation of the duties test of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for these positions. Transitioning live-on residential life staff to hourly employment status occurred at institutions in the Minnesota State University System resulting in an unusual employment status for hall directors in the Minnesota State System compared to the national norm. Residence hall directors who became hourly employees served as the population of this basic qualitative study. The purpose was to explore the impact on worker performance resulting from the transition to hourly employment status. Blumberg and Pringle’s (1982) theory of worker performance served as the theoretical framework that guided this study. Kezar’s (2013) expansion of this theory of worker performance also contributed to the theoretical underpinning of this study. The narratives that emerged from this qualitative study provides context for future higher education leaders faced with the changing employment status of employees who have historically been salaried and then must transition to overtime-eligible status. Non-exempt (overtime-eligible) professionals in a higher education setting are likely confined to performing their duties in the context of a 40-hour workweek. The impact of this on professional residential life hall directors will be discussed.



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