Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

School Name

Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education



Major Advisor

Michael Vetter, Ph.D.


Currently, student affairs, as a profession, is in a state of emergency due to The Great Resignation and residual effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the apparent need for exploration, there has yet to be a concentrated or comprehensive effort to resolve this pervasive issue. This study aimed to explore the post-COVID-19 relationship between burnout, grit, and years of experience in student affairs professionals at small colleges and universities in NASPA Region III (Southeastern United States). The researcher used survey research and quantitative analysis to explore this association and to answer three posed research questions. Following data collection (n=104), the study found a statistically significant correlation between grit and burnout. Another critical finding provided evidence that the odds of the condition can be predicted using the constructed binary logistic regression model. Lastly, professionals identifying as women, single, and working in registration were among those most susceptible to burnout risk and exposure. The results from this study can be used to drive change and transformation in the student affairs profession, thus saving the profession from attrition.

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