Michelle Maher
Professor and Chair

How I Help Students:

Dr. Maher serves as the Chair of the Division of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Foundations.

Research Areas:

Dr. Michelle Maher explores graduate student research, teaching, and disciplinary writing skill development; and higher education access and equity issues.


Maher, M. A., Wofford, A., Roksa, J., & Feldon, D. F. (2019). Doctoral student experiences in biological sciences laboratory rotations. To appear in Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education.

Ashby, M. T., & Maher, M. A. (published online, 2019). Consensus, division, and the future of graduate education in the chemical sciences. Journal of Chemical Education, available at

Ashby, M. T., & Maher, M. A. (2018). The mantra of graduate education reform: Why the prayers aren’t answered. Journal of Chemical Education, 95, 1083 – 1085.

Roksa, J., Feldon, D. F., & Maher, M. A. (2018). First-generation students in pursuit of the Ph.D.: Comparing socialization experiences and outcomes to continuing-generation peers.  The Journal of Higher Education, 89(5), 728 – 752.   

Roksa, J., Jeong, S., Feldon, D. F., & Maher, M. A. (2018). Socialization experiences and research productivity of Asians and Pacific Islanders: ‘Model Minority’ stereotype and domestic vs. international comparison. Research in the Sociology of Education, 20, 157 – 181.

Curriculum Vitae
330 Education