Date of Award

Spring 2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs

Committee Chairperson

Matthew Kruger-Ross, Ph.D

Committee Member

Jacqueline S. Hodes, Ed.D.

Committee Member

John Elmore, Ph.D

Committee Member

Jason Wozniak, Ph.D


In this thesis, I address the lack of professional development and the absence of resources provided for student affairs professionals. By utilizing critical action research, I propose an intervention of creating a professional development mandate for all student affairs professionals called the Sadie Alexander Project. The Sadie Alexander Project uses holistic and collaborative division efforts with a focus on supporting and advocating for student affairs professionals. The proposed intervention also promotes continuous education initiatives for student affairs professionals and ensuring that institutions have up-to-date resources for students in need. I emphasize the importance of evaluating employee satisfaction and highlight the role student affairs plays in the post-COVID-19 phenomenon of The Great Resignation. The impact of education, nepotism, and work climate collaboratively allows the intervention model to have a wide impact not just in the division of student affairs but the entire institution.