Graduate Program

College Student Affairs

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Semester of Degree Completion

Winter 2022

Thesis Director

Dianne Timm

Thesis Committee Member

Anne G. Flaherty

Thesis Committee Member

Ryan C. Hendrickson


Modern universities are intricate organizations with many stakeholders each with their own goals and objectives. In a time of resource scarcity, student affairs professionals are tasked with advocating on behalf of their students, staffs, departments, and priorities against more solvent operations. Effective managers and administrators must align their priorities with other actors on campus and in accordance with institutional values. This study asked how professionals engage in the advocacy process, including the strategies that they use. Utilizing the tempered radicals perspective, this qualitative study was conducted through four interviews with experienced senior level student affairs professionals.