Maximilian T. Schuster

*New Office as of 2020: 5520 Wesley W. Posvar Hall

Dr. Maximilian T. Schuster is an assistant professor of practice in the Department of Educational Foundations, Organizations, and Policy where he teaches master and doctoral-level courses in higher education and student affairs and also maintains an affiliation with the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies program. Dr. Schuster’s scholarly activities broadly explore the lived experiences of college students with minoritized identities, drawing heavily on organizational culture, campus climate, college student identity development, and critical frameworks. Dr. Schuster is the recipient of several research grants and awards from student affairs and higher education professional associations. Most recently, he was selected for the 2020-21 NASPA Emerging Faculty Leader Academy and received a grant award from the ACPA Commission for Admissions, Orientation, and First-Year Experience and the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition to explore the campus experiences of students during the 2016 presidential election. He is also finishing a research grant from the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International, which examines the ways that resident assistants with intersecting minoritized identities experience, perceive, and make sense of their roles on campus.

Prior to joining the 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 cumulatively supervised more than 100 resident assistants, mentored graduate student assistants, directed program budgeting and implementation, coordinated student development, and contributed to retention initiatives. He also presented roughly two dozen times at national conferences on student affairs assessment, organizational culture, and student engagement.

Dr. Schuster completed a PhD in Higher Education Management at the University of Pittsburgh, and his dissertation, “Compartmentalized cultures, integrated transitions: Exploring first-year student transition at a middle Atlantic university,” earned the Outstanding Research Award from NODA, the Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education. Dr. Schuster also holds an MEd in Higher Education Management from the University of Pittsburgh and BA in English and French from Washington & Jefferson College.

School Affiliations

Recent Grants

Schuster, M. T. (2019). Exploring the Experiences of First-Year Students with Minoritized Identities with Campus Climate during the 2016 Presidential Election. ACPA Commission for Admissions, Orientation, and First-Year Experiences and National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition Research Grant Award
Schuster, M. T. (2017). Exploring the Campus Experiences of LGB Student Leaders with 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.

Recent Publications

Schuster, M. T. (2020). "An experience unlike any other": The experiences of first-year students with minoritized identities with campus climate during the 2016 presidential election. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Advance online publication.
Schuster, M. T. (2019). Learning culture: First-year student transition, institutional culture, and the bubble of trial adulthood. Journal of College Orientation, Transition, and Retention, 26(2), 1-26.
Maximilian T. Schuster


University of Pittsburgh
5907 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260