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Date of Award

Spring 2013

Document Type

Restricted Thesis: Campus only access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Leadership Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Donelson Forsyth

Second Advisor

Dr. Al Goethals

Third Advisor

Dr. Kate Cassada


The current investigation utilizes past research in schema theory and implicit leadership theory to define the expectations students have for their professors. Open-ended and fixed-response measures were used to examine the commonly reported and highest rated qualities, traits, and behaviors students have for the leaders of the classroom— their professors. These responses yielded a complex implicit professor theory that suggested seven basic conceptions of professors: the positive teacher (teaches well, not boring, and easy to understand), the negative teacher (insensitive, manipulative, and egotistical), but also the dynamic professor, the student-oriented professor, the androgynous professor, the knowledgeable professor, and the charismatic professor.