Culminating Project Title
The Impact of Residential Life Hall Directors Becoming Hourly Employees in the Minnesota State University System
Date of Award
Culminating Project Type
Higher Education Administration: Ed.D.
Educational Administration and Higher Education
School of Education
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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.
Van Boxel, Jamie L., "The Impact of Residential Life Hall Directors Becoming Hourly Employees in the Minnesota State University System" (2019). Culminating Projects in Higher Education Administration. 29.