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Audrey J. Jaeger

Executive Director, Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research and W. Dallas Herring Professor of Community College Education

310 Poe Hall


Dr. Audrey J. Jaeger is an Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy and Human Development at NC State. She is also the executive director of the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research and directs the National Initiative for Leadership and Institutional Effectiveness, an organization focusing on climate assessments for the purpose of enhancing institutional effectiveness and student success. Dr. Jaeger’s research examines relationships and experiences among faculty and students that illuminate issues of transition, access, climate, agency, language, and civic and community engagement. Additionally, her research explores how various aspects of the environment, from labor market conditions to institutional policies, affect faculty and students. Dr. Jaeger has taught courses in organizational theory, governance of higher education, and student affairs. Prior to NC State, she worked in higher education administration at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and Bucknell University (PA). She was also an adjunct professor at Baruch College (CUNY). Her professional experience includes both academic and student affairs positions. She received her Ph.D. from New York University. She secured $11 million from the John M. Belk Endowment to support North Carolina’s community colleges. The Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research is developing and sustaining exceptional community college leaders who are committed to advancing college access, the social and economic mobility of their colleges’ students, and the economic competitiveness of their regions. The Center also conducts and disseminates research to address current and emerging student success challenges facing community college leaders and policymakers in North Carolina and beyond. Dr. Jaeger is an associate editor for Research in Higher Education and on the editorial boards of the Journal of Higher Education and Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement. Her own work has been published in journals such as the Journal of Higher EducationResearch in Higher Education, Educational PolicyCommunity College ReviewJournal of College Student Development, Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, and others. She is a member of the Academy of Outstanding Teachers and Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension and Engagement at NC State as well as one of the Community Engaged Faculty Fellows. Dr. Jaeger was inducted into The Academy of Community Engaged Scholarship in 2017, as well as received the 2016 Association for the Study of Higher Education Mentor Award, 2015 NASPA Robert H. Shaffer Award for Academic Excellence as a Graduate Faculty Member, 2015 Council of Southern Graduate Schools Outstanding Mentor Award, and the 2013 Women in Higher Education Achievement Award from The National Panhellenic Conference.

Research Description

MY APPROACH: My research projects and resulting scholarly contributions are collaborative in nature. I believe effective mentoring and guidance in the research process is extremely important to the disposition of early career researchers. I am committed to the development of graduate students throughout their careers; this extends well beyond their formal education. It is my responsibility to learn with and from students, and to create environments and conversations that capitalize on the generative nature of research. In addition to work with students, my collaborative approach encompasses other scholars, practitioners, policy makers, agencies and organizations, as well as others in the community at large. I believe the collective product attained when individuals collaborate exceeds that which is attained in a singular fashion. CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS: (1) Women & Underrepresented Minorities in STEM – (a) experiences of doctoral students & postdoctoral scholars, (b) experiences of faculty, (c) career choice & trajectories. (2) Community Colleges – (a) transfer, (b) leadership pipeline, (c) access and completion, (d) equity. (3) Contingent Faculty – (a) work-life satisfaction, (b) institutional differences, (c) civic commitment. (4) Community & Civic Engagement – (a) institutional values and commitment, (b) faculty roles and reward, (c) service-learning, (d) Language Diversity – Educating the Educated (