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The Division of Higher Education in the School of Education offers a Ph.D. specialization in Higher Education with an emphasis in (1) Higher Education Administration and (2) Community Colleges.
Iowa State University has a rich tradition of preparing scholars and leaders in the field of higher education. The Division of Higher Education prepares individuals to engage with critical issues in higher education through the growth of skills and knowledge in assessment and research; student development; equity, diversity, and inclusion; and administrative leadership. Alumni have gone on to faculty positions at a range of institutions across the country, including Clemson University, Colorado State University, Florida Atlantic University, and University of Wisconsin-Madison. Our graduates also hold numerous leadership positions, including as presidents of community colleges and research universities, as directors of student support centers and research centers, and as policy advocates and researchers in non-profit and other private sector organizations as well as in local, state, and federal agencies.
Faculty in Higher Education draw upon a range of methodological traditions and theoretical orientations in their inquiry of pressing questions in the field, ranging from the ways institutional policies and practices effect student outcomes and campus climates to the use of social media as a tool for student learning to supports for students of color in STEM fields in community colleges, four-year institutions, and graduate education. Faculty have received research support from leading granting agencies, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ford Foundation, Lumina Foundation, Spencer Foundation, and U.S. Department of Education, and published in leading scholarly journals, including Community College Journal of Research and Practice, Community College Review, Computers and Education, Equity & Excellence in Education, Journal of College Student Development, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, Journal of Higher Education, Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, Research in Higher Education, Review of Higher Education, and Teachers College Record.
Our Commitment to Graduate Education
Our aim is to create and support an intellectual climate that fosters collective engagement with the research, scholarship, policies, and practices that shape postsecondary education in the United States and abroad. Through formal academic courses and other opportunities in the field, we encourage deep understanding of and active participation in various higher education contexts.
The Ph.D. Program
The School of Education offers a Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Higher Education and emphases in (1) Higher Education Administration and (2) Community Colleges.
All Ph.D. students must meet the School of Education requirements for the Ph.D. and the Division requirements for the Ph.D. Additionally, there are specific requirements for each emphasis area. Coursework completed in addition to the School-level, Division-level requirements, and Area of emphasis-level requirements are determined in consultation with the student’s Program of Study Committee.
Lorenzo Baber (Associate Professor)
Brian Burt (Assistant Professor)
Erin Doran (Assistant Professor)
Jan Friedel (Associate Professor)
Ann Gansemer-Topf (Assistant Professor)
Linda Serra Hagedorn (Professor)
Rey Junco (Associate Professor)
Cathann Kress (Professor)
Barbara Licklider (Professor)
Rosemary Perez (Assistant Professor)
Robert Reason (Professor)
Sarah Rodriguez (Assistant Professor)
Dian Squire (Visiting Assistant Professor)
Marlene Strathe (Professor)
Application and Admissions Procedures
Please review the application process and requirements for admission for further information.
Inquiries about the Ph.D. in Higher Education
Please contact our Division Head: Lorenzo Baber