The Cultures of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs Collaboration: An Examination of Typology in Higher Education Subcultures

  • Karen D. Boyd University of Tennessee-Knoxville
  • Kirk S. Robinson Miami University
  • Tony W. Cawthon Clemson University
Keywords: Collaboration, Partnership, Student Affairs, typology, MBTI, Kolb


This article reviews existing literature on the similarities and differences in personality and learning typologies of student affairs and academic affairs professionals and faculty. It discusses how knowledge of personality and learning typologies can be used to establish successful collaboration between institutional subcultures. Implications for building intercultural collaboration are presented.

Author Biographies

Karen D. Boyd, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Karen D. Boyd is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
Kirk S. Robinson, Miami University
Kirk S. Robinson is a doctoral student in the Department of Educational Leadership at Miami University.
Tony W. Cawthon, Clemson University
Department of Leadership, Counselor Education, and Human and Organizational Development
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