Date of Award

Fall 2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


College of Education


Department of Education

Primary Advisor

Dr. Leroy Van Why

Second Advisor

Dr. Janet L. Deck

Third Advisor

Dr. YeseniaN. Avalos


The purpose of this case study is to discover how the characteristics of a courageous follower are presented in the work of support staff in student involvement offices at select Midwest community colleges. This qualitative case study is relevant to grounded theory and provides a method to cultivate concepts from data to further recognize the representation of courageous followership characteristics. The research participants were four male and five female student affairs professionals working in student involvement offices. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with participants to gather the data. The seven dimensions of courageous followership served as the themes of this case study, and the sub-themes were identified as self-awareness, mindfulness, connection, communication, angst, situational, and strategize. The courageous followership model was used as a conceptual framework for this case study, enabling support staff to address critical dimensions of contemporary follower-leader relationships to promote a better understanding of group dynamics within student involvement offices within student affairs