Navigating the Academic Terrain: Understanding How Graduate Assistants Manage Emotions

dc.contributor.advisor Eller, Jackie en_US Ferrell, DaJuan en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Amey, Foster en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Mertig, Angela en_US
dc.contributor.department Sociology en_US 2014-08-28T18:42:09Z 2014-08-28T18:42:09Z 2014-06-25 en_US
dc.description.abstract There has been little research done that addresses the socio-emotional experiences of individuals who are graduate assistants and students. In working to fill this gap in the literature, my thesis project explores the experiences of graduate assistants as they manage their emotions and the responsibilities associated with being both a graduate assistant and a student. To understand this phenomena, 18 in-depth interviews were conducted with graduate assistants from a southern university. After utilizing analytic description, four representative themes were pulled from the data. These themes show that graduate assistants utilize purposive smiles when providing academic service to students, engage in various forms of emotion acting (deep, surface, and transformative) as a means of managing emotions, work to construct professional interactions with faculty, and utilize time management strategies as a way to manage their graduate assistant and student responsibilities. en_US M.A. en_US
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.subject Dual roles en_US
dc.subject Education en_US
dc.subject Emotions en_US
dc.subject Graduate assistant en_US
dc.subject Graduate student en_US
dc.subject Sociology en_US
dc.subject.umi Sociology en_US
dc.subject.umi Sociology of education en_US
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.thesis.degreelevel Masters en_US
dc.title Navigating the Academic Terrain: Understanding How Graduate Assistants Manage Emotions en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
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