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2015 IHE Report News

This past academic year was a particularly busy one, as the Institute of Higher Education marked the 50th anniversary of its founding. Events held throughout the year brought distinguished scholars to campus–including our own alumni–to interact with current IHE faculty, staff and students. Please enjoy the photos on pages 16-17.

Using Evidence of Student Learning to Improve Higher Education (Jossey-Bass, 2015)
Libby Morris and James Hearn
Sheila Slaughter and James Hearn were recipients of prestigious awards at the 2014 ASHE conference held in Washington, D.C. last November.

Slaughter received the Howard R. Bowen Distinguished Career Award, which is the highest honor presented to an individual by ASHE. The award is presented to “an individual whose professional life has been devoted in substantial part to the study of higher education and whose career has significantly advanced the field through extraordinary scholarship, leadership and service,” according to the ASHE website.

Thurston Domina, associate professor of education and sociology at the University of California-Irvine, was an IHE visiting scholar for the 2014-2015 academic year. Domina’s research pairs demographic and econometric empirical methods with sociological theory to better understand the relationship between education and social inequality in the contemporary U.S.

Margaret Blanchard

It’s been two years since Sondra N. Barringer joined the Institute as a postdoctoral research and teaching associate. With a background in sociology and economics, Barringer has focused her research on the relationships within and between higher education organizations, and their consequences.

Faculty in the Institute of Higher Education are examining major issues confronting postsecondary education. And their findings are often surprising.

Today, more than three-quarters of college teachers work off the tenure track, often with no job security, low wages and few prospects for advancement. Taking a closer look at the history of higher education, TIM CAIN suggests it was always so.

The Institute of Higher Education celebrated the 50th anniversary of its founding with a series of events throughout the 2014-2015 academic year. Highlights included a roundtable discussion of contemporary higher education research in September that brought noted scholars from across the country to campus, and a three-day closing conference in March.

Margaret Blanchard

Executive Ed.D. program stresses leadership, steps up recruitment

The fast-track executive doctoral program in higher education management, launched by the Institute of Higher Education in 2010, is recruiting students for its fourth cohort, which will begin classes in January 2016.

The McBee Lecture honors Louise McBee, who held leadership positions for more than 25 years at the University of Georgia before serving for more than a decade as a champion for higher education in the Georgia General Assembly. A video archive of past lectures, all focused on key directions and themes in higher education, can be found on the IHE website:

The Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program, established by Zell Miller when he was governor of Georgia, celebrated its 20th anniversary with a day-long conference in January 2015. Offered through the IHE and currently funded by UGA, the program provides higher education faculty from public and private institutions across Georgia with expanded opportunities for developing important teaching skills. Former GTF participants returned to the Institute to discuss ways in which the program had benefitted them beyond their GTF experience.

The Georgia College Advising Corps–a college-access program sponsored by the Institute of Higher Education–continues to expand its reach and pile up impressive statistics in its efforts to assist low-income and underrepresented students get to college. In 2015-2016, GCAC will serve 14 high schools in six school districts with a total of 17,230 students.

The Institute of Higher Education named two students, Lucia Brajkovic and Kelly Ochs Rosinger, as Zell and Shirley Miller Graduate Fellows for 2014-15. The annual award is given to students with outstanding scholarly potential, academic record and professional achievements to support their doctoral study relating to current issues in higher education.

The IHE faculty would like to express their appreciation to every unit who helps sponsor an IHE doctoral student through an assistantship. Your support is invaluable to our recruitment efforts at IHE.

Georgia College Advising Corps

Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program

Louise McBee Professorship

UGA Career Center

UGA Carl Vinson Institute of Government

UGA Graduate School

UGA Honors Program, and Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities

UGA Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute

The Higher Education Student Society (HESS) provides academic, professional, and social opportunities for IHE graduate students. The Institute faculty would like to express their appreciation to the HESS officers who provide leadership in a number of ways throughout the year. Among their duties they act as liaisons with visitors and prospective students, attend all IHE events, advocate for student interests and needs, and serve on standing committees.

Officers for 2015-16

President: Karley Riffe

Secretary: Noble Jones

Treasurer:  Greer Helms

IHE students are scheduled to participate in a total of 22 presentations, poster sessions and roundtables at the 2015 conference of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) to be held in Denver in November.

Their topics relate to the theme of the 40th annual conference: Inequality & Higher Education.

JOY BLANCHARD (PhD, 2008) is an assistant professor of higher education at Louisiana State University. Prior to joining the LSU faculty in August 2015, she spent five years on the faculty at Florida International University. Joy’s research focuses mainly on the intersection of higher education and the law, particularly as it relates to negligence liability for student welfare and safety, intercollegiate athletics, and academic freedom and faculty rights.

Linda Bachman (EdD, 2013) was named UGA’s inaugural director of university experiential learning in the Office of the Vice President for Instruction, effective May 1. Bachman, who chaired a university-wide committee convened by Provost Pamela Whitten in 2014 to explore an experiential learning requirement for undergraduate students, will provide leadership for this groundbreaking academic initiative.

MAKEBA MORGAN HILL (EdD, 2013) serves as the deputy to the president and chief planner of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York City, supporting the efforts of the president and overseeing the foundation’s multiple planning efforts. Prior to joining the foundation, she spent 14 years in strategic planning roles at Emory Healthcare and Emory University. Most recently, she served as assistant vice provost for planning and accreditation at Emory in the Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness.

KANGJOO LEE (PhD, 2010) is a research fellow with the Korean Educational Development Institute in Seoul. KEDI is a public institution funded fully by the Korean national government for educational policy research and planning, guiding the national agenda. In addition to his doctorate from UGA, Lee earned a master’s in educational psychology and a bachelor’s in education from Seoul National University.

What are you currently working on (i.e. research, major projects, etc.)?

JENNIFER OLSON (PhD, 2012) is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Faculty of Education, University of Oslo, Norway. Her research focuses on the governance of coordinating internationalization processes, employability and research-based education policy. She is working within the Norwegian Research Council project, Horizontal Governance and Learning Dynamics in Higher Education. She previously worked as a lecturer at the University of Osnabrueck, Germany. While at IHE, Olson was awarded a Fulbright research scholarship to Germany.

DAVID SNOW (EdD, 2013) is the director of military affairs for the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. He promotes higher education awareness, access, collaboration and achievement for all current and past members of the military community and their families. Previously, Snow was associate professor at National Defense University’s Joint Forces Staff College. Prior to joining National Defense University, he was a human resources policy manager for the U.S. Navy.


Robert Anderson

Douglas Chadwick

Lindsay Coco

Andrew Pearl

Kelly Ochs Rosinger

Rebecca Sandidge

Michael Trivette

Virginia Szabo-Durham


Rolf Brothen

Laura Dawson

Heather Marshall

Angie Royer

Justin Stewart

2014-2015 Educational Policy Seminars

The Education Policy Series at the Institute of Higher Education provides opportunities for the exchange of views on key policy issues in higher education and related areas. Seminar participants include faculty, graduate students, administrators, and policy experts who come from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds.  Speakers for the seminar come from colleges and universities across the country as well as a research and policy centers and government agencies connected to education policy issues at all levels.

TOP 10

For eight consecutive years, the Institute of Higher Education has been ranked 10 in the Top 10 of higher education programs by U.S. News and World Report.


Percent of Ph.D. graduates from the last five years obtaining a job within six months of graduation


Total grants awarded to IHE faculty for the 2014 academic year.

Grantors include the National Science Foundation; William T. Grant Foundation; Institute of Education

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