Journal for the Study of Postsecondary and Tertiary Education (JSPTE)

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Published Articles


Volume 3, 2018

Sydney Freeman Jr., Crystal R Chambers, Jessica L Samuels
Table of Contents for Volume 3, 2018, of the Journal for the Study of Postsecondary and Tertiary Education
Table of Contents, JSPTE, Journal for the Study of Postsecondary and Tertiary Education
. i - iii
Elizabeth K Niehaus, Crystal E Garcia, Jillian Reading
Aim/Purpose: Understanding how students develop a sense of efficacy as researchers can provide faculty members in higher education doctoral programs insight into how to be more effective teachers and mentors, necessitating discipline-specific research on how graduate programs are and can be fostering students’ research self-efficacy (RSE). Thus, the purpose of this study was to explore how doctora ...
graduate student socialization, research self-efficacy, research training
1 - 20
Amy M Anderson
Aim/Purpose: Review of Beth Berila's book, Integrating Mindfulness Into Anti-Oppression Pedagogy: Social Justice in Higher Education

Background: I am a Fine Arts instructor who integrates contemplative methods in my curriculum and is interested in mindfulness techniques. Beth Berila is Director of Women's Studies at St. Cloud University, as well as a 500-hour registered yoga teacher.

Methodolo ...
pedagogy, mindfulness, contemplative, integrated, social justice, anti-oppression, higher education
21 - 23
MaryBeth Walpole, Felicia Crockett
Aim/Purpose: Service Learning is not used in graduate education to the extent it is in un-dergraduate education. This paper utilizes a developmental evaluation methodological approach and a strategic partnership conceptual framework in examining a service learning course in which higher education master students gain valuable experience they can use in their careers while assisting high school stu ...
service learning, college admission, graduate students
25 - 40
Rebecca A Palomo, Tamara J Hinojosa
Aim/Purpose: The purpose of this study was to explore how the professional development of two Mexican-American women post-secondary educators was impacted by the reflective literacy practices (RLPs) of their students and themselves. RLPs were defined as verbal and written dialogue that fosters reflection of their learning.

Background: Research suggests that RLPs can be empowering for students, y ...
Mexican-American, voice, post-secondary, reflective literacy practices
41 - 57
Mary K Gathogo, David Horton
Aim/Purpose: This qualitative study examines the discourse of study abroad (SA) electronic advertising and how it potentially constrains participation by students of color in education abroad using a critical race theory (CRT) perspective.

Background: Through visual and text communication, SA advertisements define the SA participant as affluent and White and construct SA as opportunities for tour ...
study abroad, critical race theory, students of color, advertising
59 - 76
Sharon Stein
Aim/Purpose: This paper invites readers to engage with analyses that diagnose the racial-colonial foundations of US universities as the root cause of many contemporary higher education challenges. To do so, it traces the “underside” of violence that subsidized three moments in US higher education history: the colonial era; land-grant legislation; and the post-War “golden age.” I argue that confron ...
higher education, history, foundations, capitalism, colonialism, racism
77 - 96
Novell E. Tani, Akeem T Ray
Aim/Purpose: Using a sample of historically Black college/university (HBCU) students, the study examined (1) differences in academic self-esteem (ASE) levels when considering students’ performance on an academic task that was either easy (low in cognitive demand) or difficult (high in cognitive demand), (2) gender differences in ASE levels, and (3) variations in academic self-concepts, given basel ...
academic self-esteem, perceptions of rigor, academic achievement, HBCU, col-lege students
97 - 116

Volume 2, 2017

Sydney Freeman Jr.
Table of Contents for Volume 2, 2017, Journal for the Study of Postsecondary and Tertiary Education
JSPTE, postsecondary education, tertiary education
i - iii
Patricia Bartholomew
Aim/Purpose: The aim of this paper is to develop a unified methodology inclusive of the three primary areas of faculty responsibility (teaching, research, and service) to calculate departmental productivity that fills the gap in methodological bench-marking tools for overall faculty productivity.

Background: A disproportionate number of departmental and faculty productivity indices in higher ed ...
higher education departmental productivity, faculty productivity, productivity management, methodology, university mission, accurate benchmarking
1 - 11
Carol A Carrier, Nancy Wilhelmson
Aim/Purpose: Appointment systems in today’s universities must now accommodate not only traditional tenured/tenure track faculty (TTTF) but a broad array of other professionals who collectively, are often labeled “contingent faculty” and who share the university’s teaching responsibilities for both undergraduate and graduate courses.

Background: Regardless of appointment type, providing institu ...
tenured faculty, tenure track faculty, contingent faculty, instructional staff appointment systems
13 - 22
Ramona Meraz Lewis, Ginny Jones Boss, Ayanna T. McConnell
Aim/Purpose The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of student affairs professionals who teach in a variety of college classroom settings.

Background Increasingly, student affairs professionals are serving in teaching roles inside the college classroom; yet, there are few empirical studies that explore that teaching role or the impacts of that teaching experience. Because there ...
student affairs professionals, teaching, classroom, practitioner, scholarship of teaching, college teaching
23 - 41
Elizabeth K Niehaus, Jillian Reading, Crystal E Garcia
Aim/Purpose: To explore how early career faculty in the field of higher education administration develop and enact their personal and professional identities.

Background: Participants sought to understand themselves, to understand their environments and the “rules” of the academic “game,” and to reconcile conflicts between their own values and identities and the expectations and culture of thei ...
early career faculty, graduate students, professional identity development, men-toring, socialization
43 - 58
Susan K. Gardner, Amy Blackstone
Aim/Purpose: In the United States, faculty who wish to pursue promotion to the rank of professor do so without clear guidance or structure. Even the timing of such a process is nebulous. As such, an individual engages in agentic action to pursue the rank.

Background: This study examined the experiences of faculty members who chose to pursue the application process to be promoted to professor bu ...
promotion, faculty rank, agency
59 - 75
Jon L. McNaughtan
Aim/Purpose : The role of college presidents has become increasingly critical, yet their tenure as institutional leaders have decreased over the last half century, leading to institutional instability and an expensive search process for new presidents. Scholars have sought to understand this phenomenon by focusing on either presidential characteristics, or institutional characteristics, with few ...
college presidents, turnover, presidential tenure, person-organization fit
77 - 93
Genia M. Bettencourt, Victoria K. Malaney, Caitlin J. Kidder, Chrystal A. George Mwangi
Aim/Purpose: The purpose of this study is to explore how research skills and communities can be promoted in student affairs and/or higher education graduate preparation programs through a peer-led, team-based model.

Background: Numerous scholars emphasized a lack of empirical research being conducted by student affairs professionals, even though integration of scholarship with practice remains ...
Scholar-Practitioner, Student Affairs, Graduate Preparation, Communities of Practice
95 - 113
Crystal R Chambers, Sydney Freeman Jr.
Aim/Purpose: The purpose of the present special series is to move conversations about people we treat as “other” within our field from the margins of higher education as a field of study to the center. For this spe-cial series we invited established scholars within the field of higher education to illuminate issues confronting the field that are often left to the margins.

higher education graduate programs
115 - 119
Caroline S. Turner
Background: Looking up the terms center and margin, synonyms found for center are “the middle, nucleus, heart, core, hub” and synonyms for margin are “the border, edge, boundary, fringe, periphery.” These terms and their synonyms prompt me to ask questions about the concepts of “margin” and “center” as related to higher education. Questions such as: What are the challenges and benefits of being at ...
faculty of color
121 - 126
Pamela L Eddy, Regina L Garza Mitchell
Aim/Purpose: This article reviews the leadership development literature and posits that a learning centered approach will best support the development of community college leaders. But, it is important to recognize that community colleges have differing needs due to size, location, and the communities they serve.

Background: American community colleges have received a great deal of attention o ...
community colleges, leadership, leadership development, leaders, networks
127 - 145
Jennifer L Lebron, Jaime Lester
Aim/Purpose: This article argues that given the isomorphic pressures on both community colleges and four-year institutions, historic divisions between community college leadership programs and general higher education programs are no longer serving the needs of new scholars and practitioners in the field. Graduate programs of higher education should integrate an understanding of community college ...
community colleges, graduate higher education, curriculum, isomorphism
147 - 163
Kathryn S Jaekel, Z Nicolazzo
Aim/Purpose: The purpose of this article is to outline a pedagogical framework we as trans* educators utilize to center trans* identities and epistemologies in classrooms alongside graduate students.

Background: Little has been written about the experiences of trans* educators in classroom spaces, in particular how gender mediates pedagogical approaches.

Methodology : This article is conc ...
gender, trans* pedagogy, higher education, student affairs, classroom
165 - 179
Michelle C Lizotte, Stacy C. Simplican
Aim/Purpose: Doctoral students with disabilities represent 5 to 10 percent of the graduate student population and, yet, research seldom documents their experiences. We propose a research agenda and methodological approaches that circumvent these limitations, including a substantive focus on universal design to measure graduate program’s awareness of disability, experimental methods to minimize re ...
graduate programs, doctoral students, disability, diversity
181 - 193
Crystal R Chambers
Aim/Purpose: The purpose of this manuscript is to bring communities of learners before Solerno, Bologna, and Paris from the margin to the center of history of higher education discourse.

Background: Most history of higher education coursework in the global west begins with institutions of higher learning in western Europe – Solerno, Bologna, and Paris. However, this tradition discounts the histor ...
history of higher education, ancient history, global history
195 - 205
James D. Anderson
Aim/Purpose: Book review

book review, higher education, social justice, law
207 - 209
Mary F Howard-Hamilton, Kandace G Hinton
Aim/Purpose: The book, Advancing Higher Education as a Field of Study: In Quest of Doctoral Degree Guidelines – Commemorating 120 Years of Excellence by Sydney Freeman, Jr., Linda Serra Hagedorn, Lester F. Goodchild, and Dianne A. Wright (Editors), Sterling, VA: Stylus, 2014, 340 pages, $49.95 (softcover) is reviewed and recommended for faculty and administrators who have a graduate program in hig ...
higher education, doctoral programs, master's programs, accreditation
211 - 214

Volume 1, 2016

Journal for the Study of Postsecondary and Tertiary Education, Volume 1, Table of Contents
JSPTE, postsecondary education, tertiary education
i - iii
Sydney Freeman Jr.
Introduction to the Journal for the Study of Postsecondary and Tertiary Education (JPSTE). Pages 1-71 comprise the inaugural series of papers.
introduction, JSPTE, postsecondary education, tertiary education
1 - 8
Marybeth Gasman
In this essay, I touch upon three themes. First, I discuss the field of higher education and my views on the scholarship that we are producing within the field. Second, I discuss higher education graduate education and what contributes to sound training of doctoral students. And third, I provide commentary on how I’d like to see the field move forward.
Higher education, doctoral students, activism, writing, postsecondary education, tertiary education
9 - 12
Crystal R Chambers, Hellen Ransom
Ethics content within higher education graduate programs can help higher education students as emerging leaders become more thoughtful about the decision making process. The purpose of the present manuscript is to explore one vehicle through which current and future higher education leaders can actively contemplate their values and how their values influence their actions when faced with an ethica ...
Ethics, Graduate Education, Professional Programs, Leadership
13 - 34
Rosemary J Perez
Prior research exploring professional socialization in student affairs has been grounded in models that do not fully capture the distinct features of the field. Moreover, these studies have primarily focused on the transition into full-time work positions, and they have captured what happens to new professionals rather than how individuals understand their socialization experiences. With these g ...
Professional socialization, graduate students, graduate education, student affairs, new professionals
35 - 52
Amy B. Wilson, Jeremy B. Hall, Amanda Alba
This quantitative descriptive study examined the job placement success and challenges of graduate students in a higher education and student affairs professional preparation program at a mid-size public institution in the U.S. Specifically, this study investigated the impact of curricular standards in the form of supervised practice (i.e., internships and graduate assistantships) on the job place ...
graduate students, professional preparation, job placement, student affairs, higher education administration
53 - 65
Dianne A. Wright
Book Review for Inaugural Series
Higher Education Administration, Inventory, Worldwide, Book Review
67 - 71
Florian Kaiser, Graeme Atherton, Catherine Millett, Mary Tupan-Wenno, Diana Wickham
In September 2015, the United Nations adopted the 2030 agenda including sustainable development goals, for the first time addressing access to all levels of education. This essay has two aims. Firstly, it will illustrate why access to post-secondary education is emerging as a major global concern and provide examples of access gaps. The second is to describe a young global initiative for access to ...
Access, Access to Post-Secondary Education, Access to Higher Education, GAPS, Education Policy, Social Movement, Global Access to Higher Education, Widening Higher Education Access for Underrepresented Groups, Diversity & Inclusion in Higher Education
73 - 79
Natasha M Worthington
In her book, Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking) Pedagogy: Educating for Wholeness, Social Justice, and Liberation, author, educator, and Fetzer Institute Fellowship alumnus Laura I. Rendón lays the framework and provides the rationalization for the need for higher education professionals to embrace and integrate the concepts of “wholeness, consonance, social justice, and liberation” in teaching and ...
JSPTE, postsecondary education, tertiary education, book review
81 - 84
Laura M Bernhard, Siduri J Haslerig, Kristina Navarro, Derek Houston
Intercollegiate athletic departments are complex organizations in need of individuals with specialized training and experience—credentials that aspiring practitioners have increasingly sought through graduate education. Despite the growing prevalence of graduate credentials, little is known about the motivations or choice processes of those seeking an advanced degree. Focusing on individuals enrol ...
College choice, graduate students, graduate education, intercollegiate athletics, Social Cognitive Career Theory
85 - 102
Adrienne E. Hyle, Peggy M. Delmas, Bernita L. Krumm
Using Feminist Phase Theory (FPT) as our analytical framework, we studied the status of gender awareness and influence in higher education leadership development trends in four premier higher education journals for the years 2008, 2011, and 2014. Our analysis was accomplished through the review of articles and book reviews published in two US and two international journals: Higher Education (Nethe ...
Feminist Phase Theory, gender, higher education administration, higher education leadership, leadership
103 - 120
Min Young Cha, Carol A Carrier
This research examines contingent faculty’s perception of organizational support, workplace attitudes, and Student Ratings of Teaching (SRT) in a large public research university to investigate their employee-organization relationship. According to t-tests and regression analyses for samples of 2,229 faculty and instructional staff who answered the survey and had SRT data (tenured and tenure-track ...
contingent faculty, public research university, employee-organization relationship, perceived organizational support, workplace attitudes, student ratings of teaching
121 - 151
Brian P. An, Eugene T. Parker, Teniell L. Trolian, Dustin D. Weeden
Many higher education administrators and researchers have considered certain “good practices” of institutions as an instrumental way to improve student outcomes. Chickering and Gamson’s (1987) seven principles of good practice has been particularly salient in defining these practices. Often, prior studies only select some of the seven principles for their analysis. Even studies that consider sever ...
good practices, learning outcomes, student experiences, liberal arts colleges, liberal arts education, Wabash National Study
153 - 175
Laura B. Holyoke
Book Review
Academic Leadership, Book Review
177 - 180
Chad N. Loes, Kem Saichaie
Technology permeates higher education, yet less is known about the use of established technologies, such as email and other electronic communication mediums (e.g., discussion boards, listservs) for instructional purposes on important student outcomes such as cognitive development. In this study, we use data from the Wabash National Study to estimate the effects of email and other electronic mediu ...
Effective college teaching, pedagogy, technology, cognitive development, critical thinking
181 - 196
Christina W. Yao, Louise M Vital
Although internationalization is often touted as a priority in higher education, little attention is given to infusing international perspectives into the formalities of doctoral education. Further, limited attention is given towards doctoral student training for conducting international research. This qualitative study provides insight on how 21 U.S. doctoral students in higher education programs ...
Doctoral preparation, international higher education, researcher development, international research, graduate education
197 - 214
Z Nicolazzo, Susan B. Marine
In this duoethnography, we interrogate our roles as critical pedagogues in designing and teaching a graduate level course focused on the history of U.S. higher education. Throughout this dialogue, we surface tensions around what it means to enact critical pedagogy. Rather than just espousing a critical stance, we wrestle with how external pressures such as limited time, the need and desire to con ...
Critical pedagogy, history of higher education, graduate education
215 - 232
Meghan J. Pifer, Vicki L. Baker, Laura Gail Lunsford
The academic department remains understudied as a context of faculty work, particularly in institutional settings beyond the research university. In this article, we report findings from a study of faculty experiences within academic departments in liberal arts colleges, through analysis of interviews with 55 faculty members representing a 13-member consortium of liberal arts institutions in the m ...
liberal arts colleges, academic departments, faculty careers, professoriate
233 - 252

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