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Audrey J. Jaeger

Professor & Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor

Executive Director, National Initiative for Leadership & Institutional Effectiveness

Poe Hall 310H



Dr. Audrey J. Jaeger is a Professor of Higher Education and Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy and Human Development at NC State. She also directs the National Initiative for Leadership and Institutional Effectiveness (NILIE -, an organization focusing on survey administration and campus climate. 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 teaches courses in organizational theory, foundations of research and scholarship, 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. Dr. Jaeger serves as an Affiliate at the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education, UW–Madison. 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 Education, Research in Higher Education, Educational Policy, Community College Review, Journal of College Student Development, Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, and others. Previously, Dr. Jaeger served on the editorial boards for the Journal of College Student Development, ACPA Books and Media Board, and College Student Affairs Journal. 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 Provost's Community Engaged Faculty Fellows. Dr. Jaeger has received the American College Personnel Association – College Student Educators International distinguished Annuit Coeptis Award, Emerging Professionals Award, and Diamond Honoree recognition. The National Panhellenic Conference awarded Dr. Jaeger the 2013 Women in Higher Education Achievement Award.

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, (b) doctoral student agency, (c) experiences of postdoctoral scholars, (d) career choice & trajectories, (e) experiences of high achieving women. (2) Contingent Faculty - (a) work-life satisfaction, (b) institutional differences, (c) civic commitment. (3) Community & Civic Engagement - (a) institutional values and commitment, (b) faculty roles and reward, (c) service-learning. (4) Language Diversity - Educating the Educated ( .RESEARCH STATEMENT: Central to the most pressing problems in 21st century higher education are issues of college completion, access to and completion of graduate school, and the climate and environment in which college students learn. Over the past 13 years as a faculty member, I have been committed to asking questions that address these prevailing issues in higher education: What are the experiences of underrepresented minorities in their pursuit of a doctoral degree? What institutional policies and practices support students in their ability to transfer to four-year institutions? How do we continue to diversify our faculty to reflect our student population? I seek to answer these questions by examining issues within the domain of the academic workplace. Specifically, I investigate relationships and experiences among faculty and students that illuminate issues of transition, access, climate, language, agency, and civic and community engagement.


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