Claire Major

PhD, 1998


Claire Howell Major is Professor of Higher Education at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She teaches courses on college teaching, technology in higher education, reading research in the field of higher education, and qualitative research methods. Her research interests are in the areas of faculty work, pedagogical approaches, technology for teaching, and online learning. She also focuses on issues of higher education in popular culture and higher education as a field of study. She typically draws upon qualitative methods to answer her research questions. Major holds a B.A. from the University of South Alabama, an M.A. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.

She recently co-authored a book (with Elizabeth F. Barkley), Learning Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty, which provides 50 easy-to-implement active learning techniques that gauge student learning across academic disciplines and learning environments.

She has authored and co-authored several books including Teaching Online: A Guide to Theory, Research, and Practice (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015), Collaborative Learning Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty with Elizabeth F. Barkley and K. Patricia Cross (Jossey Bass, 2nd ed., 2014), The Essential Guide to Qualitative Research: A Handbook of Theory and Practice with Maggi Savin-Baden (Routledge, 2013), An Introduction to Qualitative Research Synthesis: Managing the Information Explosion with Maggi Savin-Baden (Routledge, 2011) and Foundations of Problem-Based Learning with Maggi Savin-Baden (Open University Press, 2004). Major also publishes her work in leading education journals and presents at both national and international conferences.