Dr. Dorothy H. Evensen joined the higher education program in 1999 after a six-year appointment in Language and Literacy Education, and 15 years as a high school teacher. Her research projects focus on literacy development and its relation to teaching and learning in professional contexts, particularly law and medicine. She has received support for her research from the Law School Admission Council, the Spencer Foundation, NSF, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Professor Evensen teaches courses in philosophical foundations of research, qualitative research methods, college teaching, and a proposal seminar for HI ED doctoral students.
Dr. Evensen’s research focuses on teaching and learning in professional fields, such as medicine, law, engineering, and education. Her additional areas of expertise include discourse studies and qualitative research. She is currently directing a research project studying group learning in law schools and co-directing a study of interdisciplinary collaboration for science and engineering education reform.
Dr. Roger L. Geiger is Distinguished Professor of Education at The Pennsylvania State University and served as Head of the Higher Education Program for ten years (1996 – 2012). He has written extensively on the history of American higher education, research universities, and higher education policy issues. His latest book, The History of American Higher Education: Learning and Culture from the Founding to World War II, (Princeton University Press, 2014) received the Outstanding Publication Award for 2015 from AERA Postsecondary Education. His study of universities and economic development, with co-author Creso Sá, Tapping the Riches of Science: Universities and the Promise of Economic Growth, appeared in 2008 (Harvard University Press). He is also an editor of The Future of the American Public Research University(2007). A study of contemporary research universities and the market forces that have shaped them was published by Stanford University Press in 2004: Knowledge and Money: Research Universities and the Paradox of the Marketplace. New editions of his two volumes on American research universities in the 20th century (To Advance Knowledge: The Growth of American Research Universities, 1900-1940 and Research and Relevant Knowledge: American Research Universities Since World War II) were republished by Transaction Publishers in 2004. Geiger has been editor of the History of Higher Education Annual since 1993—now retitled Perspectives on the History of Higher Education. In 2000 he published The American College in the Nineteenth Century and “The Reformation of the College in the Early Republic , 1800-1820” ( History of Universities). Geiger has also studied comparative higher education, authoring Private Sectors in Higher Education in 1986 and serving as a section editor of the Encyclopedia of Higher Education (1992). He received a Ph.D. in history from the University of Michigan (1972), and held various appointments at Yale University Institution for Social and Policy Studies (1974-1987) before joining Penn State.
Dr. Robert Hendrickson began his tenure at the Pennsylvania State University in 1984 as a Research Associate and Senior Scientist for the Center for the Study of Higher Education and a Professor for the Higher Education Program. He has since held numerous roles through the College of Education including serving as Department Head of Education Policy Studies, Professor-in-Charge of the Higher Education Program, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, Research & Faculty Development, Coordinator of the World Campus Institutional Research Certificate Program, and Interim Director for the Center for the Study of Higher Education. Dr. Hendrickson also served as the director for the Academic Leadership Academy, and was instrumental in the program’s development. Dr. Hendrickson has published more than 75 books and parts of books, journal articles, research reports, and book reviews. He has also participated more than 50 conference presentations, speaking and consulting engagements. Robert Hendrickson celebrated 25 years with Penn State University in 2010, and in 2012 co-authored Academic Leadership and Governance of Higher Education: A Guide for Trustees, Leaders, and Aspiring Leaders of Two- and Four-Year Institutions.
Beverly Lindsay, PhD, EdD is Professora and Senior Scientist Emerita of Higher Education and Comparative and International Policy Studies. She is currently Co-Director and Principal Investigator for Ford Foundation Funded Institute: University Leadership and Agents of Change in Post Conflict and Transitional Societies, University of California (multi-campuses-Anthropology/Sociology and Social Sciences) and Senior Professional Researcher.
She was Visiting Professor at the University College London – Institute of Education and held former Distinguished Fulbright Fellowships in Indonesia, Mozambique, South Korea, and Zimbabwe. She was the Principal Investigator/Project Director for two National Science Foundation (NSF) grants that compare graduate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs between the United States and England. The multi-year NSF grants focused on comprehensive urban American and British research universities. Building upon the NSF, Ford Foundation, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grants, she has mentored and worked with doctoral students and emerging professionals from sites such as Columbia University, Emory University, Johns Hopkins University, Ohio State University, University of Alabama, and University of Virginia in the United States. Further she also mentored students and professionals at University College London, University of London, University Bristol, University of Nottingham (England), University of West Indies (Jamaica), University of Lampung (Indonesia), University of Nairobi, University of Capetown (South Africa), University of Western Cape (South Africa), Africa University (Zimbabwe) and WooSong University (South Korea). Her research, teaching, and public engagement and policy studies occurred with Colleges/Faculties of Education; Social Sciences; International Affairs; and Medicine.
She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and former President of the Comparative and International Education Society. She was the Inaugural University Presidential Fellow and Professor at Dillard University (New Orleans) and former Visiting Professor at the University of the West Indies, Kingston. She is a former Dean and Professor of International Education and Policy Studies at Hampton University (Virginia) and Penn State University. At the University of Georgia, she was Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Prior to those positons, she was with the United States Department of Education and the Department of State on domestic and international assignments in African and European nations. She was an Ambassador for PromoDoc, a European Union program encouraging doctoral studies in the EU.
Her scholarship examines international affairs (including peace and conflict resolution), higher education and public policy, race/gender/class, and program administration and evaluation. She has co-authored and edited seven books to include inter alia: Universities and Global Diversity (with Wanda J. Blanchett); Ralph Johnson Bunche: Public Intellectual and Nobel Peace Laureate; Terrorism’s Unanswered Questions (with Alan Lowther); and The Quest for Equity in Higher Education (with Manuel Justiz). Over 110 articles, chapters, and essays were published. She earned her PhD from American University, Washington, DC and her EdD from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Dr. Patrick T. Terenzini is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Education. Terenzini’s research examines the effects of college on student learning and development, persistence, and educational attainment. He has received research grants totaling more than $13 million from such organizations as the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, the Lumina Foundation for Education, the Sloan Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation. He is co-author (with Ernest T. Pascarella) of the two-volume How College Affects Students (Jossey-Bass, 1991 and 2005), an award-winning synthesis of thirty years of research on the impacts of the college experience on students. The first volume was selected as “one of the 100 most important and influential books about U.S. colleges and universities published in the 20th century.” Terenzini has also published more than 130 articles in refereed journals and made more than 250 presentations at scholarly and professional conferences. He is a former editor-in-chief of New Directions for Institutional Research, associate editor of Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research, and editorial board member for The Review of Higher Education. He has been a consulting editor for Research in Higher Education for 30 years.
He has received the research awards of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), the Association for Institutional Research (AIR), the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), and the student affairs associations of the states of New York and Pennsylvania. He is a three-time winner of the Forum Best Paper Award from the Association for Institutional Research and received the William Elgin Wickenden Award from the American Society for Engineering Education for the best paper published in the Journal of Engineering Education in 2001. Most recently, Terenzini was named the first recipient of the Sphere of Influence Award, given jointly by ACPA and NASPA, an award to be given only once each decade. Terenzini is also a trustee of Dean College (MA) and a past president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education.
Dr. M. Lee Upcraft holds a Ph.D. in student personnel administration from Michigan State University. He served in various student affairs administrative positions until his retirement as Assistant Vice President Emeritus for Student Affairs and Affiliate Professor Emeritus of Higher Education at Penn State. His research interests include residence halls, student retention, transition to college, student affairs management, minority-majority relations, and assessment. His most recent book, Assessment for Student Affairs (edited with John Schuh and Associates) was published by Jossey-Bass.
James Fredericks Volkwein
Dr. James Fredericks Volkwein is professor emeritus and has a forty-year career as a researcher, administrator, and faculty member since receiving a bachelor’s degree from Pomona College and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. With interests in policy analysis and organizational effectivness, he is especially well known for his studies and workshops in accreditation, assessing student learning outcomes, alumni studies, strategic planning and enrollment management, state regulation, and institutional research. Currently an Emeritus faculty member, he continues to direct Penn State’s on-line program for training institutional researchers.
Dr. Volkwein has produced more than 100 journal articles, research reports, conference papers, and book chapters. For 11 years, he served as Editor-in-chief for the Jossey-Bass series, New Directions for Institutional Research, continues as its Associate Editor, and is a consulting editor for three other higher education journals. A winner of the AIR Suslow Award for Distinguished Scholarship, and the AIR Outstanding Service Award, he also served as President of the North East Association for Institutional Research and received its Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Volkwein chaired the Middle States committee that produced the monograph Framework for Outcomes Assessment and is a frequent consultant in the areas of assessment, accreditation, and planning.