Academic restructuring, public higher education, leadership development, diversity and inclusion, intergenerational mentoring, and academic collaboration.
As a sociologist of higher education, Dr. Gumport has focused her research on key changes in the academic landscape and organizational character of American higher education. She has studied the dynamics of academic change in several arenas—to illuminate what facilitates change and what impedes it—across and within different types of colleges and universities. Extending core concerns in the sociology of knowledge and institutional theory, Dr. Gumport has analyzed how organizational, intellectual, political, economic, and professional interests redefine the content, structure, and relative legitimacy of academic fields. Key studies include: the emergence and institutionalization of interdisciplinary fields; professional socialization across academic disciplines; organizational restructuring and selective investment; the ascendance of industry logic in public higher education; forces that promote and inhibit academic collaboration; decision-making about appropriate organizational forms to support new ideas; and leading organizational change for optimal effectiveness with internal and external stakeholders. Her research within the United States and Europe examines how universities that are ostensibly competitors determine when and how to collaborate. Her analyses include implications for academic leaders who pursue strategic initiatives, manage environmental pressures and stakeholder interests, and foster leadership development.
"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 and English) 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 and Postdoctoral Affairs (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)
Gumport, P. Under review. Academic Collaboration: A Strategic Necessity.
Gumport, P. 2019. Academic Fault Lines: The Rise of Industry Logic in Public Higher Education. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.
Bastedo, M., P. Altbach, and P. Gumport (eds.) 2016. American Higher Education in the 21st Century: Social, Political, and Economic Challenges. Fourth Edition. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press. Altbach, Berdahl, and Gumport (eds.): Third Edition (2011), Second Edition (2005), First Edition (1999). (Translated into Chinese in 2005.)
Gumport, P. (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.)
Gumport, P. 2002. Academic Pathfinders: Knowledge Creation and Feminist Scholarship. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.
Altbach, P., P. Gumport, and B. Johnstone (eds.) 2001. In Defense of American Higher Education. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press. (Translated into Chinese in 2007.)
Altbach, P., R. Berdahl, and P. 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 Volumes (selected list):
Gumport, P. 2016. Graduate Education and Research. In Bastedo, Altbach, and Gumport (eds.) American Higher Education in the 21st Century. Fourth Edition. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press. Updated 2011, 2005, 1999.
Gumport, P. 2012. Strategic Thinking in Higher Education Research. In M. Bastedo (ed.) TheOrganization of Higher Education: Managing Colleges for a New Era. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.
Gumport, P. and S. Snydman. 2006. Higher Education: Evolving Forms, Emerging Markets. In W. Powell and R. Steinberg (eds.) The Non-Profit Sector. Hartford, CT: Yale University Press.
Gumport, P. and D. Julius. 2006. Graduate Assistants’ Collective Bargaining. In E. Benjamin and M. Mauer (eds.) Academic Collective Bargaining. New York, NY: MLA and AAUP.
Gumport, P. and J. Jennings. 2005. Toward the Development of Liberal Arts Indicators. In M. Richardson (ed.) Tracking Changes in the Humanities. Cambridge: MA: AAAS.
Gumport, P. and M. Chun. 2005. Technology and Higher Education. In Altbach, Berdahl, Gumport (eds.) American Higher Education in the 21st Century. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. Reprinted: L. Foster, et al (eds.) 2001. Distance Education. Pearson; 2003 Peking University Education Review 4:32-41.
Bastedo, M. and P. 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, P. 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, P. and R. Zemsky. 2003. Drawing New Maps for a Changing Enterprise, Change 35(4):30-35.
Gumport, P. and S. Snydman. 2002. The Formal Organization of Knowledge: An Analysis of Academic Structure, Journal of Higher Education 73(May/June)3:375-408.
Julius, D. and P. Gumport. 2002. Graduate Student Unionization, Review of Higher Education 26(Winter)2: 187-216.
Gumport, P. 2002. Universities and Knowledge. In S. Brint (ed.) The Future of the City of Intellect. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. Reprinted 2004 Peking University Education Review 4(8):54-65.
Gumport, P. and M. Bastedo. 2001. Academic Stratification and Endemic Conflict: Remedial Education Policy at CUNY, Review of Higher Education 24(4):333-349.
Gumport, P. 2001. Restructuring: Imperatives and Opportunities for Academic Leaders, Innovative Higher Education 25(Summer)4:239-251.
Bailey, T. and P. Gumport. 2001. Sizing up the Competition: The Contours of For-Profit Higher Education, Change 33(November/December)6:47-50.
Gumport, P. 2000. Academic Restructuring: Organizational Change and Institutional Imperatives, Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education and Educational Planning 39:67-91.
Gumport, P. 2000. Learning Academic Labor, Comparative Social Research 19:1-23.
Gumport, P. and J. Jennings. 1999. Looking Back at Revenue and Expenditure Trends: Are We Privatizing Public Higher Education? Change 31(September/October)6:61-64.
Gumport, P. and B. Pusser. 1999. University Restructuring: The Role of Economic & Political Contexts. In J. Smart (ed.) Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research. Volume XIV. Bronx, New York: Agathon.
Gumport, P. and J. Jennings. 1997-98. Graduate Student Employees, CUPA Journal 48(Fall/Winter)3/4:33-37.
Gumport, P. 1997. Public Universities as Academic Workplaces, Daedalus 126(Fall)4:113-136.
Gumport, P. and B. Pusser. 1997. Restructuring the Academic Environment. In M. Peterson, D. Dill, L. Mets (eds.) Planning and Management for a Changing Environment. Jossey-Bass.
Gumport, P. and B. Pusser. 1995. A Case of Bureaucratic Accretion: Context and Consequences, Journal of Higher Education 66(September/October)5:493-520.
Gumport, P. 1993. The Contested Terrain of Academic Program Reduction, Journal of Higher Education 64(May/June)3:283-311.
Gumport, P. 1993. Fired Faculty: Reflections on Marginalization and Academic Identity. In D. McLaughlin and W. Tierney (eds.) Naming Silenced Lives. New York, NY: Routledge.
Gumport, P. 1993. Graduate Education and Organized Research in the United States. Chapter in B. Clark (ed.) Research Foundations of Graduate Education. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
Gumport, P. 1993. Graduate Education and Research Imperatives: Views from American Campuses. In B. Clark (ed.) Research Foundations of Graduate Education. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
Gumport, P. 1992. Graduate Education: Comparative Perspectives. In B. Clark and G. Neave (eds.) The Encyclopedia of Higher Education. Volume II. Oxford: Pergamon Press.
Gumport, P. 1991. The Federal Role in American Graduate Education. In J. Smart (ed.) Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research. Volume VII. New York: Agathon Press.
Gumport, P. 1991. E Pluribus Unum? Academic Structure, Culture and the Case of Feminist Scholarship, Review of Higher Education 15(Autumn)1: 9-29.
Gumport, P. 1990. Transformations in American Graduate Education and Research, Educational Policy 4(December)4:313-326.
Gumport, P. 1990. Feminist Scholarship as a Vocation, Higher Education 20(October)3:231-243. Reprinted in J. Glazer, E. Bensimon, B. Townsend (eds.) 1993. Women in Higher Education. Washington, DC: ASHE. Reprinted in A. H. Halsey et al (eds.) 1997. Education, Culture, Economy, & Society. Oxford University Press.
Gumport, P. 1988. Curricula as Signposts of Cultural Change, Review of Higher Education 12 (Autumn)1:49-62. Reprinted in J. Haworth and C. Conrad (eds.) 1995. Revisioning Curriculum in Higher Education. Needham Heights, MA: Simon & Schuster.
Technical Reports and Commissioned Papers (selected list)
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 Education30 (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.