Master of Arts in Higher Education (MAHE) Theses

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Timothy Herrmann

Second Advisor

Todd Ream

Third Advisor

Skip Trudeau


A deepened understanding of the impact mentorship has on the formation of college student self-authorship proves necessary to best inform the mentoring practices of student affairs practitioners. The present study therefore examined the impact a mentoring relationship with a student affairs professional has on the development of student self-authorship. Through a qualitative approach, the current research took the responses of sixteen student mentees to determine the impact of mentorship and then identified the key aspects of mentoring most significant in fostering self-authorship. The report below presented essential characteristics for a student affairs mentor and effective mentoring approaches.