Graduate Program

College Student Affairs

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

Dianne Timm

Thesis Committee Member

Rachel Z. Fisher

Thesis Committee Member

Karla Sanders

Thesis Committee Member

Jody E. Stone


The position of a Registered Student Organization faculty or staff advisor is one that encompasses a wide variety of roles; these roles are ever changing based on the situation and the students involved. With each faculty and staff advisor bringing a different set of previous knowledge and experience, advisors may not be fully prepared for all aspects of the job. Some come in with the knowledge of the organization or an understanding of the goals of the organization, but they are not familiar with the operating procedures at the institution or have any background in student development or group dynamics. If Registered Student Organization advisors are not aware of the roles they will take on as an advisor and if they are not trained in a way where they have the tools and resources necessary to be an effective advisor, the institution is doing a disservice to the students. Special focus is given to the additional training and resources they would like in order to be more effective and hope to help other advisors be successful.