Research Team

Alexander W. Astin, Co-Principal Investigator

Alexander W. Astin is Allan M. Cartter Professor Emeritus of Higher Education at the University of California, Los Angeles and Founding Director of the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA. He has served as Director of Research for both the American Council on Education and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. He is the Founding Director of the Cooperative Institutional Research Program, an ongoing national study of some twelve million students, 300,000 faculty and staff, and 1,600 higher education institutions.

Dr. Astin has authored 20 books and some 300 other publications in the field of higher education, and has been a recipient of awards for outstanding research from more than a dozen national associations and professional societies. He has also been elected to membership in the National Academy of Education, has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, and is the recipient of eleven honorary degrees.

A 1990 study in the Journal of Higher Education identified Dr. Astin as the most frequently-cited author in the field of higher education. In 1985 readers of Change magazine selected Dr. Astin as the person "most admired for creative, insightful thinking" in the field of higher education. His latest books are Leadership Reconsidered: Engaging Higher Education in Social Change (with H. S. Astin) (W.K. Kellogg Foundation, 2000) and Mindworks: Becoming More Conscious in an Unconscious World (Information Age Publishers, 2007)."

Helen S. Astin, Co-Principal Investigator

Helen S. Astin, a psychologist, is distinguished Professor Emeritus of Higher Education and Senior Scholar of the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA. She served as the Associate Provost of the College of Letters and Science at UCLA from 1983 to 1987.

Helen Astin has been a trustee of Mt. St. Mary's College since 1985, and served as a trustee of Hampshire College from 1972 to 1979. She has served on the Board of Governors of the Center for Creative Leadership, and on the Board of the National Council for Research on Women. In the American Psychological Association, Dr. Astin has served on the Boards of Policy and Planning and Education and Training and has been president of the Division of the Psychology of Women. She has also served as Chair of the Board of the American Association for Higher Education.

Helen Astin has been honored with the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research and Literature of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. She is a recipient of the Distinguished Research Award of Division J of the American Education Research Association, and recently received the Howard Bowen Distinguished Career Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education.

She has published numerous articles and eleven books, including Women of Influence, Women of Vision: A Cross-Generational Study of Leaders and Social Change (1991) and The Woman Doctorate in America (1969). Her research and current writings focus on leadership and on spirituality in higher education.

Jennifer A. Lindholm, Project Director

Jennifer A. Lindholm is Special Assistant to the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. From 2001-2006, she served as Associate Director of the Cooperative Institutional Research Program at UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute and Director of the Institute's Triennial National Faculty Survey. Her scholarship focuses on the structural and cultural dimensions of academic work; the career development, work experiences, and professional behavior of college and university faculty; issues related to institutional change; and undergraduate students' personal development.

Research Analysts

Alyssa Bryant
Assistant Professor
North Carolina State University 

Shannon Calderone
Ph.D. Candidate
University of California, Los Angeles 

Christopher Collins
Assistant Provost for Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness
Pepperdine University 

Nida Denson
Research Fellow
University of Western Sydney 

Estella Gutierrez Zamano

Kyle McJunkin
Academic Counselor
University of California, Los Angeles

Lisa Millora
Ph.D. Candidate
University of California, Los Angeles 

Leslie Schwartz
Program Manager
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

Hanna Spinosa
Ph.D. Candidate
University of California, Los Angeles 

Katalin Szelenyi
Assistant Professor, Leadership in Education
University of Massachusetts, Boston 

Jennifer Mallen
Director of the Penn State Parents Program
Penn State University 

Julie Park
Assistant Professor 
Miami University of Ohio