Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

First Advisor

Stan Tuttle

Second Advisor

Melvin Welch

Third Advisor

Houston Thompson

Scholarship Domain(s)

Scholarship of Discovery


Given the importance of employee motivation, satisfaction, productivity, and retention, as well as the support for positivity in the review of the literature, this study examined the effects of positivity and positive reinforcement in organizational culture, through the lens of admissions professionals, at the eight Nazarene Higher Education Institutions (NHEI) within the United States. The study also examined the effects of the perceived positivity of leaders in organizational culture, in the same context. The findings revealed some signs of positivity among NHEI admissions professionals, but no evidence was revealed regarding the consistent use of positive reinforcement in these settings. The perceived positivity of administrators was determined to be important to these NHEI admissions professionals.


Ed.D. dissertation completed in 2011 for Olivet Nazarene University.