Nickole R Watson


This poster reflects research conducted as part of a course project designed to give students experience in the research process.



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Finding yourself navigating workplace politics as a student affairs professional? This research strives to provide a better understanding of how student affairs professionals navigate workplace politics in a way that allows them to be their authentic selves and practice well-being. Student affairs professionals are faced with various choices that they must make that affect students, and there are times when these professionals have to carry out decisions with which they may not agree. There appears to be a lack of research on workplace politics in student affairs; thus, the significance of this study is in its contribution towards closing this gap in the literature. The sample for this study includes eight full-time student affairs professionals at a private, Catholic institution. This study uses qualitative, phenomenological methodology. This research is grounded in the field of student affairs and higher education administration. The specific themes for this research include: authenticity, workplace politics, and well-being. Findings of the research show that professionals have not come to a common definition of workplace politics; thus, it is recommended that future research should work to construct a common definition for the field to utilize. Additionally, future research could look at how identity and workplace politics relate.

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Project Designation

Course Project - Graduate

Primary Advisor

Savio D. Franco

Primary Advisor's Department

Counselor Education and Human Services


Stander Symposium project, student affairs, School of Education and Health Sciences

Navigating Work Politics 101: How Student Affairs Professionals Navigate Workplace Politics While Balancing Authenticity and Well-Being at a Private, Catholic-Affiliated Institution