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Center for the Study of Higher Education, College of Education, University of Arizona, USA


Individual Project Description

Whatever happened to the faculty?: Knowledge transfer and the academic workforce in the U.S.

The U.S. component of the CINHEKS project will explore the extent to which there are distinctive contextual elements of historical patterns, policy discourse, and university practices in knowledge transfer in the U.S., as compared to European and Japanese societies. The aim is to empirically unpack and analytically capture significant aspects of social networks that shape knowledge transfer between higher education institutions and society.

There is a particular focus on the extent and manner in which professors feature in the social networks and policy discourse of networks that surround knowledge transfer in higher education institutions. The project will employ mixed methods in a multiple case study design focused on two policy levels (the federal and state), two policy sectors (research and education), three states (California, Michigan,
and New York),and six universities (two institutions in each state, a leading, globally oriented university and a more regionally institution). Discourse and archival data will be drawn on from key slices of time in knowledge transfer policy and practice dating from the Bayh-Dole act. Interview data focused on recent developments will be gathered as well.


Project Personnel

P.I. Dr. Gary Rhoades
Professor of Higher Education, University of Arizona
(Currently serving as General Secretary of the American Association of University Professors).

Dr. Jenny Lee
Associate Professor in Higher Education
Phone: (520) 621-0954
E-mail: jennylee@u.arizona.edu

Dr. Regina Deil-Amen
Phone: (520) 621-8468
E-mail: reginad1@email.arizona.edu

Dr. Cecilia Rios-Aguilar
Phone: (520) 626-1072
E-mail: ceciliar@email.arizona.edu

Blanca Torres-Olave, M.A.
Graduate Associate
Doctoral student
E-mail: blancat@email.arizona.edu

Aurelia Wiktoria Kollasch
Graduate Associate
Doctoral student
E-mail: kollasch@email.arizona.edu


Contact Information

Center for the Study of Higher Education
The University of Arizona, College of Education

Room 319
1430 E. Second Street
Tucson, AZ 85721

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 210069
Tucson, AZ 85721-0069
Phone: 520-626-7313
Fax: 502-621-1875


About the Center for the Study of Higher Education, University of Arizona

Established in 1977, the Center for the Study of Higher Education offers flexible, interdisciplinary, and individualized master of arts and doctor of philosophy degree programs with concentrations in comparative higher education, organization and administration, college access, and student affairs.

The Center's work is distinguished by:

  • A commitment not just to improving practice, but also to educational changes that enhance the realization of social justice in higher education.
  • A consideration of how developments in the political economy shape and are expressed in the restructuring of higher education settings, professions, and practices.
  • An exploration of the international/global dimensions, issues, and agencies related to higher education, with particular attention devoted to the Americas.
These distinctive characteristics go beyond individual faculty; they reflect a collective synergy and orientation of our faculty to scholarship and practice.