Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

First Advisor

Alice Patterson

Second Advisor

Melvin Welch

Third Advisor

Houston Thompson

Scholarship Domain(s)

Scholarship of Discovery


This study investigated the perceived utilization and importance of career, psychosocial, and spiritual mentoring functions in the mentoring relationships with university personnel at select Nazarene Higher Educational Institutions (NHEI). Quantitative methodology utilizing survey research was used to collect data. A total of 366 traditional undergraduate students were surveyed from the Behavioral Sciences Division at four select NHEIs. Data analysis indicated statistically significant differences on students‟ ethnicity and the mentoring function of protection, denomination and the function of exposure and visibility, college or university and the function of spiritual accountability, major and the functions of exposure and visibility and challenging assignments, classification and the mentoring function of sponsorship. All responses to the perceived importance of the mentoring functions were statistically significant.


Ed.D. dissertation completed in 2010 for Olivet Nazarene University.