Patricia J. Gumport, Stanford University

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Professor Stanford, California gumport@stanford.edu Office: (650) 723-7727

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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...

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Bio/Research

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.

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