Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Public Affairs and Administration

First Advisor

Dr. Robert Peters

Second Advisor

Dr. Charles Crawford

Third Advisor

Dr.. Kathy Aboufadel


The purpose of the study was to determine to what degree do practicing campus police officers' perceptions of their job responsibilities align with those conceptualized as ideal by scholars in the area of campus law enforcement, and if the perceptions do not align, what accounts for the lack of alignment. A survey was used to examine the relationship between the job satisfaction of campus police officers and their job responsibilities.

The research procedure consisted of a survey that was sent to police offices located in the East North Central region as defined by the Department of Justice, which consists of approximately 373 colleges and universities throughout Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The survey contained 6 categories and 32 subcategories of job responsibilities that are conceptualized as ideal by scholars in the area of campus law enforcement. The survey was accessible through the internet. The website link to the survey was sent by email to the police officers involved.

This research study explored the perceptions of campus police officers of their job responsibilities and expanded the present literature based on the occupation of campus law enforcement. Ultimately, this dissertation will assist in understanding what perceptions campus police officers have about their jobresponsibilities, including the types of training that will be necessary to help rectify existing misconceptions about their responsibilities.

The results of the research will help create the foundation for innovative programs to train officers to meet the demands of campus law enforcement. There will be greater congruence between training expectations and responsibilities. This knowledge will increase professionalism, performance, and job satisfactionwithin the campus law enforcement community.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access