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A place for scholarship in campus activities practice: A collective case study

Cindy Kane, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


This study explores the integration of forms of scholarship in campus activities practice at four institutions in the Northeast. Using a collective case study approach, interviews were conducted with a total of 23 campus activities staff members and six senior student affairs officers at four institutions achieving comprehensive recognition for excellence in campus activities programs from one professional association. Administrators explored Boyer's (1990) frames of scholarship and shared experiences with the engagement with the four frames of scholarship in their daily work. Findings presented highlight a strong identification between participants and the scholarship of teaching, moderate engagement with application and integration, and a significant disconnect from the scholarship of discovery. In addition, findings indicate a number of venues in everyday practice that practitioners believe connect with Boyer's (1990) frames of scholarship, but that this type of work may not be accepted as forms of scholarship within campus culture at these four institutions. Practitioners also shared mindset obstacles that prevented engagement as well as their hope for a more active role of supervisors and professional preparation programs in supporting the scholar-practitioner balance. Implications of findings are discussed that apply to graduate programs, institutional leaders and professional associations that look to influence the changing direction of this functional area in student affairs.

Subject Area

Higher education

Recommended Citation

Kane, Cindy, "A place for scholarship in campus activities practice: A collective case study" (2014). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3666972.