Maximilian T. Schuster

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Maximilian T. Schuster

Maximilian T. Schuster

University of Pittsburgh
5907 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 412-624-3087


Maximilian T. Schuster completed a PhD in Higher Education Management at the University of Pittsburgh in April 2017. His dissertation, “Compartmentalized cultures, integrated transitions: Exploring first-year student transition at a middle Atlantic university,” earned the Outstanding Research Award from the Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education. Most recently, Dr. Schuster received a grant from the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International to investigate the lived experiences of students with claimed minoritized identities serving as resident assistants. Prior to joining the HEM faculty, Dr. Schuster enjoyed seven years of professional experience in student affairs, working in residence life and student life offices. During his tenure as a student affairs educator, he has cumulatively supervised more than 100 resident assistants, mentored graduate student assistants, directed program budgeting and implementation, and coordinated student development. He also presented roughly two dozen times at national conferences on student affairs assessment, organizational culture, and student engagement. Dr. Schuster earned his MEd in Higher Education Management from the University of Pittsburgh and BA in English and French from Washington & Jefferson College. His research interests broadly explore the ways in which organizational culture influence student success.

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Recent Grants

  • Schuster, M. T. (2017). Exploring the Campus Experiences of LGB Student Leaders who Claim Intersecting Minoritized Identities. ACPA Coalition for Gender and Sexuality Identities.
  • Schuster, M. T. (2017). Rejuvenating cultural perspectives: Minoritized students' lived experiences as resident assistants. ACUHO-I.