Date of Award

Spring 2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs

Committee Chairperson

John Elmore, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Dana Morrison, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Jacqueline S. Hodes, Ed.D.


Today, the common discourse surrounding student-athletes’ Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) Rights is evolving from an archaic sense of paternalism and conservative protectionism to various forms of redistribution such as salaries and endorsement rights. Although I have found the NCAA’s protectionist stance on amateurism to be outdated, I do not find the salarying of student-athletes to be tenable for the majority of higher education institutions. The NCAA should roll back their codes (2.9, 2.13, 12.4.4, 15.1, in particular) restricting student-athlete NIL rights in order to maximize these students’ potential for self-authorship. To support student-athletes bfore, during, and after this legislative change, I am proposing a Self-Authorship Seminar, which could take the form of a voluntary meeting or even a 3-credit course, depending on the preferred style of implementation at a given institution. This seminar/course is designed to address the cognitive, interpersonal, and intrapersonal dimensions of Marcia Baxter-Magolda’s (2001) Theory of Self-Authorship through group discussions on academic growth and engagement, personal ethics and values, and relationship-building, as well as writing labs to hone students’ communication and advocacy skills.