Ph.D. in Higher Education

The Ph.D. in Higher Education prepares higher education researchers who will take their scholarship, knowledge, and research skills into a range of higher education settings such as universities and colleges, state or federal governing and coordinating boards, independent research and policy organizations, and foundations. They are expected to provide leadership, insight, and expertise in the institutional or related higher education settings in which they work and go on to influence educational practice in the United States and abroad through original research efforts. If you are interested in applying or would like more detailed information about the Ph.D. in Higher Education, please explore the Ph.D. in Higher Education page.

For more information about the Ph.D. in Higher Education program, please refer to the Ph.D. in Higher Education Student Handbook.

For a listing of useful student resources within the university, visit Information for Current Students.


Ebelia Hernández, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology, GSE; Graduate Program Director, Ph.D. in Higher Education. Ph.D., Indiana.

Stephanie Brescia, Assistant Professor of Practice, GSE. Ph.D., Rutgers

Clark A. Chinn, Professor of Educational Psychology, GSE. Ph.D., Illinois (Urbana-Champaign)

Cara Cuite, Assistant Extension Specialist in Human Ecology, SEBS. Ph.D., Rutgers

Adrienne E. Eaton, Professor of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, SMLR. Ph.D., Wisconsin

Nichole M. Garcia, Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology, GSE. Ph.D., California (Los Angeles)

Marybeth Gasman, Distinguished Professor and Samuel DeWitt Proctor Endowed Chair in Education, GSE. Ph.D., Indiana

Gary A. Gigliotti, Professor of Economics, SAS; Special Advisor Regarding Academic Assessment, Center for Teaching Advancement an Assessment Research. Ph.D., Columbia

Benjamin Justice, Professor of Educational Theory, Policy and Administration, GSE. Ph.D., Stanford

Susan E. Lawrence, Professor of Political Science, SAS; Vice Dean, Office of Undergraduate Education.  Ph.D., Johns Hopkins

Barbara A. Lee, Distinguished Professor of Human Resource Management, SMLR. Ph.D., Ohio State, J.D., Georgetown

Beth L. Leech, Professor of Political Science, SAS. Ph.D., Texas A&M

Angela M. O’Donnell, Professor of Educational Psychology, GSE. Ph.D., Texas Christian

Brent D. Ruben, Distinguished Professor of Communication, SC&I; Advisor for Strategy and Planning in the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs; Senior University Fellow, Executive Director of the Center for Organizational Development and Leadership. Ph.D., Iowa

Beth C. Rubin, Professor of Educational Theory, Policy, and Administration, GSE. Ph.D., California (Berkeley)

Jorge Reina Schement, Distinguished Professor, SC&I. Ph.D., Stanford.

Tobias Schulze-Cleven, Associate Professor of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, SMLR. Ph.D., California (Berkeley)

Susan J. Schurman, Distinguished Professor of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, SMLR. Ph.D., Michigan

Hana R. Shepherd, Associate Professor of Sociology, SAS. Ph.D., Princeton

Saundra M. Tomlinson-Clarke, Professor of Educational Psychology, GSE; Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Office of the Chancellor-Provost. Ph.D., Florida State

Carl E. Van Horn, Distinguished Professor of Public Policy, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy; Director of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development. Ph.D., Ohio State

Associate Members of the Program Faculty 

Barbara Bender, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Support and Graduate Student Success, School of Graduate Studies. Ed.D., Teachers’ College, Columbia

Andrea Conklin Bueschel, Senior Vice President for Administration and Chief of Staff to the President. Ph.D., Stanford

Joan Collier, Director of Institutional Equity and Strategy Initiatives, Division of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement. Ph.D., Georgia

Monica Devanas, Director of Faculty Development and Assessment Programs, Center for Teaching Advancement and Assessment Research. Ph.D., Rutgers

Ralph A. Gigliotti, Assistant Vice President for Strategic Programs, Office of University Strategy; Director, Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership. Ph.D., Rutgers

Sanford M. Jaffee, Faculty Fellow (retired), Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. L.L.B., Harvard Law School

Michael Klein, Rockefeller Institute Fellow. Ph.D., New York University

Lawrence Nespoli, President (retired), New Jersey Council of County Colleges. D.Ed., Pennsylvania State

Karen R. Stubaus, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Administration. Ph.D., Rutgers

Michelle Van Noy, Associate Director and Assistant Research Professor of Education and Employment Research Center, SMLR. Ph.D., Columbia

Dayna S. Weintraub, Director of Research and Assessment, Ph.D., California (Los Angeles)

Affiliate Members of the Program Faculty

Linda Stamato, Faculty Fellow Emeritus, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. M.A., Rutgers

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