Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Leadership Studies

First Advisor

Elizabeth Goryunova

Second Advisor

Elizabeth Higgins


This mixed methods research is focused on commonalities between the practice of academic advising and the concepts of adaptive leadership. The data provide supervisor and advisor perspectives on hiring practices, leadership, and views on how adaptability relates to advising and leadership. As a result of data analysis, the Theory of Adaptive Advising is proposed that incorporates elements of adaptive leadership into the advising practice. Keywords: professional advisor, adaptive advising, adaptive leadership, student centered approach, advising models