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Carol Colbeck

Department Affiliation:  Educational Theory and Policy
Education: Ph.D. (Administration and Policy Analysis/Higher Education)
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POSITION TITLE:  Director, Center for the Study of Higher Education; Senior Research Associate, Center for the Study of Higher Education, and Associate Professor, College of Education

RESEARCH INTERESTS:  How social and organizational contexts shape academic work in four interrelated areas: (1) how faculty integrate teaching, research, and service; (2) how state, institutional, and departmental policies influence the nature and characteristics of faculty work; (3) how faculty teaching and organizational climate affect student learning; and (4) how faculty balance professional and personal responsibilities.


Colbeck, C. L. (2002). Assessing institutionalization of curricular and pedagogical reform. Research in Higher Education, 43, 397-421.

Colbeck, C. L. (2002). State policies to improve undergraduate teaching: Administrator and faculty responses. Journal of Higher Education, 73, 3-25.

Bjorklund, S. A. , & Colbeck, C. L. (2001). A view from the top: Leaders' perspectives on a decade of change in engineering education. Journal of Engineering Education, 90, 13-20.

Cabrera, A. F. , Colbeck, C. L. , & Terenzini, P. T. (2001). Developing performance indicators for assessing classroom teaching practices and student learning: The case for engineering. Research in Higher Education, 42, 327-352.

Terenzini, P. T. , Cabrera, A. F. , Colbeck, C. L. , Parente, J. M. , & Bjorklund, S. A. (2001). Collaborative learning vs. lecture/discussion: Students' reported learning gains. Journal of Engineering Education, 90, 123-130.

Terenzini, P. T. , Cabrera, A. F. , Colbeck, C. L. , Bjorklund, S. A. , & Parente, J. M. (2001). Racial and ethnic diversity in the classroom: Does it promote student learning?. Journal of Higher Education, 72, 509-532.

Colbeck, C. L. , Campbell, S. C. , & Bjorklund, S. A. (2000). Grouping in the dark: What college students learn from group projects. Journal of Higher Education, 71, 60-83.

Colbeck, C. L. (1998). Merging in a seamless blend: How faculty integrate teaching and research. Journal of Higher Education, 69, 647-671.

Massy, W. F. , Wilger, A. K. , & Colbeck, C. L. (1994). Overcoming 'hollowed' collegiality. Change, 26, 10-20.


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