Student affairs professionals tend to experience variable turnover rates, high levels of reported work-life stress, and issues with quality of work-life (Chessman, 2015; Johnsrud, 2002; Luce & Murray, 1998; Rice, Sorcinelli, & Austin, 2000). In addition, research has shown that nature and nature relatedness may have a beneficial relationship with psychological and physical health (Howell & Passmore, 2013; Kaplan, 1993; Passmore & Howell, 2014; Ryan et al., 2010; Zhang, Howell, & Iyer, 2014). However, there appears to be limited research on the relationship with nature and the quality of work-life for these professionals. This study explores the relationship with nature within the realm of career development. More specifically, it examined the relationship between nature relatedness, nature exposure, and quality of work-life among student affairs professionals. The participants identified as members of the American College and Personnel Association (n=275). A Pearson Product Moment Correlation Matrix (r) and a simple linear regression were used in this study. There were significant small correlations found between nature relatedness and quality of work-life variables such as home-work interface, job and career satisfaction, working conditions, and stress at work. Additionally, significant relationships were found between nature exposure and nature relatedness. Implications for student affairs professionals and career development are described and recommendations for future research are discussed.


Jacqueline Lewis

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Diane Coursol

Committee Member

Karin Lindstrom Bremer

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John Seymour

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Doctor of Education (EdD)


Counseling and Student Personnel



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