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Gumport, Patricia J.

Patti Gumport
Patti Gumport
Academic Title 
Professor
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Academic Restructuring
Higher Education
Qualitative Research Methods

Academic restructuring; public higher education; academic collaboration

Dr. Gumport's research addresses key changes in the academic landscape and organizational character of American higher education. Extending core concerns in the sociology of knowledge to the study of higher education, she studies how institutional practices and organizational contexts reshape the content, structure, practice, and relative legitimacy of academic fields. Her current research examines academic restructuring in public higher education. Through in-depth case studies, she shows how faculty and administrators respond to economic and political pressures, attempt to reconcile tensions between academic governance and management principles, and determine appropriate forms of support for new and long-existing fields. Dr. Gumport's expertise extends across a range of higher education issues: academic change, mission clarification, program review, faculty governance, graduate education, interdisciplinarity, public system redesign, and collaboration.

"A perennial issue for American higher education is to keep pace with knowledge change. Historically, the basic intellectual and organizational pattern has been additive - to add new academic specializations, programs and departments. While times of expansion have mitigated conflicting views over the relative worth of knowledge areas, times of fiscal constraint have spurred campuses to prioritize. Institutional imperatives for restructuring and selective investment redefine the academic landscape, as campuses consider what knowledge matters most, who should decide, and how should it be organized, supported, and taught."
- from a recent interview

PhD (Education) Stanford University, 1987

MA (Sociology) Stanford University, 1986

MA (Education) Stanford University, 1982

BA (Philosophy) Colgate University, 1980

Faculty since 1989

Professor of Education (2003- )

Director, Stanford Institute for Higher Education Research (1995- )

Chair, Division of Social Sciences, Policy, and Educational Practice (2004-06)

Vice Provost for Graduate Education (2007- )

Management and Planning in Higher Education (Ed 225)

Social Science Research Methods (Ed 266)

Curriculum in Higher Education (Ed 271)

Introduction to Research Design for Educational Administration and Policy Analysis (Ed 331A)

Research Seminar in Higher Education (Ed 346)

Higher Education and Society (Ed 355X, Soc 355)

Interdisciplinarity in Higher Education (Ed 357X)

Advanced Topics in Higher Education (Ed 384)

Leadership and Administration in Higher Education (Ed 386)

Foundations of Case Study Research (Ed 418)

Introduction to Research Design & Methods (Ed 423a)

Books

Gumport, Patricia J. Forthcoming 2016. Academic Legitimacy: The Ascendance of Industry Logic in Public Higher Education. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Gumport, Patricia J. (ed.) 2007. Sociology of Higher Education: Contributions and their Contexts. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press. (Translated into Chinese in 2010. Translated into Japanese in 2014.)

Altbach, Philip, Robert Berdahl, and Patricia J. Gumport (eds.) 2011. American Higher Education in the 21st Century: Social, Political, and Economic Challenges. Third  Edition. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press. (First Edition 1999. Second Edition 2005.  Translated into Chinese in 2004. Second Edition Translated into Chinese in 2005.)

Gumport, Patricia J. 2002. Academic Pathfinders: Knowledge Creation and Feminist Scholarship. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

Altbach, Philip, Patricia J. Gumport, and D. Bruce Johnstone (eds.) 2001. In Defense of American Higher Education. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press. (Translated into Chinese in 2007.)

Altbach, Philip, Robert Berdahl, and Patricia J. Gumport (eds.) 1994. Higher Education in American Society, Third Edition. Buffalo, NY: Prometheus Books. (Translated into Japanese in 1997.)

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals and Chapters in Edited Books

Gumport, Patricia J. 2012. Strategic Thinking in Higher Education Research. In Michael N. Bastedo (ed.) The Organization of Higher Education: Managing Colleges for a New Era. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Gumport, Patricia J. 2011. Graduate Education and Research: Axes of Interdependence and Strain. In Philip Altbach, Robert Berdahl, and Patricia J. Gumport (eds.) American Higher Education in the 21st Century: Social, Political, and Economic Challenges. Third  Edition. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Gumport, Patricia J. 2007. Sociology of Higher Education: An Evolving Field; Reflections on a Hybrid Field: Growth and Prospects for the Sociology of Higher Education. Chapters in Gumport (ed.) Sociology of Higher Education: Contributions and their Contexts. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Gumport, Patricia J. and Stuart K. Snydman. 2006. Higher Education: Evolving Forms, Emerging Markets. In Walter W. Powell and Richard Steinberg (eds.) The Non-Profit Sector: A Research Handbook. Second Edition. Hartford, CT: Yale University Press.

Gumport, Patricia J. and Daniel Julius. 2006. Graduate Assistants’ Collective Bargaining. In Ernst Benjamin and Michael Mauer (eds.) Academic Collective Bargaining. New York, NY: The Modern Language Association and American Association of University Professors.

Gumport, Patricia J. and John D. Jennings. 2005. Toward the Development of Liberal Arts Indicators. In Malcolm Richardson (ed.) Tracking Changes in the Humanities: Essays on Finance and Education. Cambridge: MA: American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Gumport, Patricia. J. 2005. The Organization of Knowledge: Imperatives for Continuity and Change in Higher Education. In Ivar Bleiklie and Mary Henkel (eds.) Governing Knowledge: A Study of Continuity and Change in Higher Education. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Gumport, Patricia J. and Marc Chun. 2005. Technology and Higher Education: Opportunities and Challenges for the New Era. In Philip Altbach, Robert Berdahl, Patricia J. Gumport (eds.) American Higher Education in the 21st Century. Second Edition. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press. First Edition 1999. Reprinted in Lenoar Foster, Beverly Bower, Lemuel Watson (eds.) 2001. Distance Education. Boston, MA: Pearson Publishing. Translated into Chinese 2003 in The Peking University Education Review 4: 32-41.

Gumport, Patricia J. 2005. Graduate Education and Research: Interdependence and Strain. In Philip Altbach, Robert Berdahl, Patricia J. Gumport (eds.) American Higher Education in the 21st Century. Second Edition. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press. First Edition 1999. Adapted as: Gumport, Patricia J. 2003. U.S. Graduate Education. In Stefanie Schwarz (ed.) Universities of the Future: Research, Knowledge Acquisition, Corporate Identity, and Management Strategies. Volume 45. Bonn: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, Dok&Mat.

Bastedo, Michael N. and Patricia J. Gumport. 2003. Access to What?: Mission Differentiation and Academic Stratification in U. S. Public Higher Education, Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education and Educational Planning 46: 341-359.

Gumport, Patricia J. 2003. The Demand-Response Scenario: Perspectives of Community College Presidents, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 586 (March): 38-61.

Gumport, Patricia J. and Robert Zemsky. 2003. Drawing New Maps for a Changing Enterprise, Change July/August, 35 (4): 30-35.

Gumport, Patricia J. and Stuart K. Snydman. 2002. The Formal Organization of Knowledge: An Analysis of Academic Structure, Journal of Higher Education 73 (May/June) 3: 375-408.

Julius, Daniel and Patricia J. Gumport. 2002. Graduate Student Unionization: Catalysts and Consequences, Review of Higher Education 26 (Winter) 2: 187-216.

Gumport, Patricia J. 2002. Universities and Knowledge: Restructuring the City of Intellect. In Steven Brint (ed.) The Future of the City of Intellect: The Changing American University. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. Chapter reprinted in 2004 in Peking University Education Review 4 (8) 54-65.

Gumport, Patricia J. 2002. Social Science Research in the United States. In Mapping Human Capital Needs Globally: The America. Volume 8. SSRC Working Paper Series on Building Intellectual Capacity for the 21st Century. New York: Social Science Research Council.

Gumport, Patricia J. and Michael N. Bastedo. 2001. Academic Stratification and Endemic Conflict: Remedial Education Policy at CUNY, Review of Higher Education 24 (4): 333-349.

Gumport, Patricia J. 2001. Restructuring: Imperatives and Opportunities for Academic Leaders, Innovative Higher Education 25 (Summer) 4: 239-251.

Gumport, Patricia J. 2001. Divided We Govern? Peer Review 3 (Spring) 3: 14-17.

Bailey, Thomas and Patricia J. Gumport. 2001. Sizing up the Competition: The Contours of For-Profit Higher Education, Change 33 (November/December) 6: 47-50.

Gumport, Patricia J. 2001. Built to Serve: The Enduring Legacy of Public Higher Education. In Philip Altbach, Patricia J. Gumport, D. Bruce Johnstone (eds.) In Defense of American Higher Education. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Gumport, Patricia J. 2000. Academic Restructuring: Organizational Change and Institutional Imperatives, Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education and Educational Planning 39: 67-91.

Gumport, Patricia J. 2000. Learning Academic Labor, Comparative Social Research 19: 1-23.

Gumport, Patricia J. and John D. Jennings. 1999. Looking Back at Revenue and Expenditure Trends: Are We Privatizing Public Higher Education? Change 31 (September/October) 6: 61-64.

Chun, Marc, Susan Christopher, and Patricia J. Gumport. 2000. Multiculturalism and the Academic Organization of Knowledge. In Ram Mahalingam and Cameron McCarthy (eds.) Multicultural Curriculum: New Directions for Social Theory, Practice and Policy. New York and London: Routledge.

Gumport, Patricia J. and Brian Pusser. 1999. University Restructuring: The Role of Economic and Political Contexts. In John Smart (ed.) Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research. Volume XIV. Bronx, New York: Agathon Press.

Gumport, Patricia J. and Barbara Sporn. 1999. Institutional Adaptation: Demands for Management Reform and University Administration. In John Smart (ed.) Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research. Volume XIV. Bronx, New York: Agathon Press. Reprinted in Marvin Peterson, Lisa Mets, Andrea Trice, David Dill (eds. 1999. Planning and Institutional Research. Needham Heights, MA: Pearson Publishing.

Cate, Fred, Patricia J. Gumport, Rolland Hauser, James Richardson, Virginia Wexman, Jonathan Alger, Mark Smith. 1998. Copyright Issues in Colleges and Universities, Academe 84 (May/June) 3: 39-45.

Gumport, Patricia J. and John D. Jennings. 1997-98. Graduate Student Employees: Unresolved Challenges, CUPA Journal 48 (Fall/Winter) 3/4: 33-37.

Gumport, Patricia J. 1998. Launching a National Research Endeavor in the United States. In Detlef Muller-Boling, Evelies Mayer, Anne MacLachlan, Jutta Fedrowitz (eds.) University in Transition. Gutersloh, Germany: Center for Higher Education Development, Bertelsmann Foundation.

Gumport, Patricia J. 1997. Public Universities as Academic Workplaces, Daedalus 126 (Fall) 4: 113-136.

Gumport, Patricia J., M. Iannozzi, Susan Shaman, Robert Zemsky. 1997. Trends in United States Higher Education from Massification to Post-Massification. In A. Arimoto (ed.) Academic Reforms in the World. RIHE International Seminar Reports 10 (July). Hiroshima: Research Institute for Higher Education.

Gumport, Patricia J. and Brian Pusser. 1997. Restructuring the Academic Environment. In Marvin Peterson, David Dill, Lisa Mets (eds.) Planning and Management for a Changing Environment: A Handbook on Redesigning Postsecondary Institutions. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Gumport, Patricia J. and Brian Pusser. 1995. A Case of Bureaucratic Accretion: Context and Consequences, Journal of Higher Education 66 (September/October) 5: 493-520.

Gumport, Patricia J. 1994. Graduate Education and Research: Changing Conduct in Changing Contexts. In Philip Altbach, Robert Berdahl, Patricia Gumport (eds.) Higher Education in American Society. Third Edition. Buffalo, NY: Prometheus Books.

Gumport, Patricia J. 1993. The Contested Terrain of Academic Program Reduction, Journal of Higher Education 64 (May/June) 3: 283-311.

Gumport, Patricia J. 1993. Fired Faculty: Reflections on Marginalization and Academic Identity. In Daniel McLaughlin and William Tierney (eds.) Naming Silenced Lives: Personal Narratives and the Process of Educational Change. New York, NY: Routledge.

Gumport, Patricia J. 1993. Graduate Education and Organized Research in the United States. In Burton R. Clark (ed.) Research Foundations of Graduate Education. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Gumport, Patricia J. 1993. Graduate Education and Research Imperatives: Views from American Campuses. In Burton R. Clark (ed.) The Research Foundations of Graduate Education. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Gumport, Patricia J. 1992. Graduate Education: Comparative Perspectives. In Burton R. Clark and Guy Neave (eds.) The Encyclopedia of Higher Education. Volume II. Oxford: Pergamon Press.

Gumport, Patricia J. 1992. La Produccion del Conocimiento en las Universidades: Reformulacion de un Problema Metodologico. In Mario Beltran, Miguel Campos (eds.) Investigacion Etnografica en Educacion.  Centro de Investigaciones y Servicios Educativos, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.

Gumport, Patricia J. 1991. E Pluribus Unum? Academic Structure, Culture and the Case of Feminist Scholarship, Review of Higher Education 15 (Autumn) 1: 9-29.

Gumport, Patricia J. 1991. The Federal Role in American Graduate Education. In John C. Smart (ed.) Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research. Volume VII. New York: Agathon Press.

Gumport, Patricia J. 1991. The Research Imperative. In William G. Tierney (ed.) Culture and Ideology in Higher Education: Advancing a Critical Agenda. New York: Praeger.

Gumport, Patricia J. 1990. Transformations in American Graduate Education and Research, Educational Policy 4 (December) 4: 313-326.

Gumport, Patricia J. 1990. Feminist Scholarship as a Vocation, Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education and Educational Planning 20 (October) 3: 231-243. Reprinted in Judith Glazer, Estela Bensimon, Barbara Townsend (eds.) 1993. Women in Higher Education. Washington, DC: ASHE. Reprinted in A. H. Halsey, Hugh Lauder, Phillip Brown, Amy Stuart Wells (eds.) 1997. Education, Culture, Economy, and Society. Oxford University Press.

Gumport, Patricia J. 1988. Curricula as Signposts of Cultural Change, Review of Higher Education 12 (Autumn) 1: 49-62. Reprinted 1995 in Janet Haworth and Clifton Conrad (eds.) Revisioning Curriculum in Higher Education. Needham Heights, MA: Simon & Schuster.

Technical Reports and Commissioned Papers (Selected)

Gumport, Patricia J., John D. Jennings, and Marcela Muniz. 2006. Academic Collaboration in Public Higher Education: An Analysis of University System and Campus Perspectives. Technical Report 2006-01. Stanford, CA: Stanford Institute for Higher Education Research.

Gumport, Patricia J. and John D. Jennings. 2004. Toward the Development of Liberal Arts Indicators. Commissioned by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Technical Report 2004-08. Stanford, CA: Stanford Institute for Higher Education Research.

Gumport, Patricia J. 2004. Public-Private Partnerships. Technical Report NCPI-1230. Stanford, CA: NCPI.

Gumport, Patricia J. 2003. Higher Education Research Priorities: Perspectives from Selected Foundations. For Atlantic Philanthropies USA, Inc. Stanford, CA: Stanford Institute for Higher Education Research.

Gumport, Patricia J., Peter Cappelli, William Massy, Michael Nettles, Marvin Peterson, Richard Shavelson, Robert Zemsky. 2002. Beyond Dead Reckoning: Research Priorities for Redirecting American Higher Education. Stanford, CA. International Higher Education 30 (Wtr): 19-21. Higher Education Digest 46:1-11.

Gumport, Patricia J. 2000. Academic Governance: New Light on Old Issues. In AGB Occasional Paper Series. Number 42. Washington, DC: Association of Governing Boards.

Gumport, Patricia J. 1998. Academic Restructuring in Public Higher Education: A Framework and Research Agenda. Technical Report NCPI-1130. Stanford, CA: National Center for Postsecondary Improvement.