Gradmentor Research

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I have assisted many of my doctoral student clients with developing and strengthening their dissertation topics and their research literature reviews.  Here is an introduction to some areas of my research in which I have provided focused support for topic development. 

Contents of this page include:    

(1) Attrition and Persistence In Doctoral Education: Trends, Factors, Solutions
(2) Factors Influencing Employee Burnout in the Professions
(3) Adjunct Faculty Employment in Higher Education
(4) Academic Faculty Vitality, Faculty Development, Job Satisfaction and Morale
(5) First-Generation University Graduates Who Pursue the PhD
(6) Women’s Inequality in Higher Education Professions
(7) College and University Student Mental Health 
(8) Assessing Campus Climate on College and University Campuses
(9) LGBTQI Student Trends, Issues and Campus Climate in Higher Education
(10) Toxic Workplace Environments, Toxic Managers and Workplace Bullying
(11) Authoritarian Leadership and Power in the 21st Century 
(12) Human Sexuality and Gender Identity Across the Lifespan 

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(1) Attrition and Persistence In Doctoral Education: Trends, Factors, Solutions

This is a subject that I have researched for more than 30 years, since first embarking on my own PhD journey in 1989. It is a joy to see how many studies have been conducted in the past few years! 

[For further references on this topic, see the section of References on Success and Survival in Graduate School on the Graduate References section of GradMentor]

(2) Factors Influencing Employee Burnout in the Professions


(3) Adjunct Faculty Employment in Higher Education, 1980 to the Present

(4) Academic Faculty Vitality, Faculty Development, Job Satisfaction and Morale 

My PhD dissertation from the University of Oregon was a study of factors influencing university professors’ job satisfaction, morale, vitality and intent to leave for other institutions, and professional development during an era of sustained fiscal retrenchment. I published a portion of my dissertation results in the Journal of Higher Education, for a special issue on retrenchment issues in higher education. The article is entitled:

Insights from my dissertation journey have continued to influence my work with faculty and academic administrators at several academic institutions over the past 30 years.  

(5) First-Generation University Graduates Who Pursue the PhD


(6) Women’s Inequality in Higher Education Professions

(7) College and University Student Mental Health   

(8) Assessing Campus Climate on College and University Campuses 

(9) LGBTQI Student Trends, Issues and Campus Climate in Higher Education 

(10) Toxic Workplace Environments, Toxic Managers and Workplace Bullying

(11) Authoritarian Leadership and Power in the 21st Century

(12) Human Sexuality and Gender Identity Across the Lifespan

[Note: For a comprehensive directory of my ongoing sexuality research visit my Sexuality Resources page.)