The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2012 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

RESPIRATORY PROGRAM DIRECTOR LEADERSHIP IS IMPERATIVE FOR SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM OUTCOMES. OR IS IT?

Nancy Weissman; Respiratory Care, Palm Beach State College, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Background: All organizations require leadership in order to be successful. In respiratory education, the program director as the leader is responsible for overseeing program curriculum development, organization, administration, review, and accountability of program outcomes as established by CoARC. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to discern the relationship between the directors’ leadership style and program outcomes. Method: Program directors leadership styles were measured by the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire (MLQ). Program director, faculty and program demographics were compiled with a researcher-designed questionnaire. CoARC accredited program directors (n=321) and their full and part-time faculty (n=172) received an e-mail requesting participation in the study with a web link to obtain demographic information. Faculty members received an e-mail from Mind Garden, Inc. with a web link to complete the MLQ. Results: This study found that none of the predictor’s transformational, transactional, and passive/avoidant leadership styles were significant predictors of program outcomes (p > .0125). Furthermore, this study found no moderation effects of program director years in current position on the relationship between program director’s leadership style, program completion rate and RRT exam pass rate (p > .05). Conclusion: There are many factors that influence program outcomes (i.e. teaching style, quality of student, admission criteria, faculty effectiveness, program funding, and other resources). Program director leadership behavior is only one of those many factors. Regardless of this study’s findings, the ultimate responsibility for accountability of the program rests on the director. Sponsored Research - None