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John M. Braxton

Professor of Higher Education, Emeritus, Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations

Research Area

Professor Braxton has two major programs of research. One program centers on the study of college and university faculty members. Faculty scholarly role performance and the normative structures of undergraduate college teaching and research are the primary foci of this particular program of research. Braxton is currently studying codes of conduct for undergraduate college teaching. This line of research constitutes an extension of his work on the study of college and university faculty.  

His other program of research focuses on the college student experience in general and the college student departure process in particular. Within this program of research, Professor Braxton conducts research on college student departure, assesses current theory on college student departure, and constructs and tests theory on this phenomena.

With colleagues at other universities, Braxton is currently conducting research focused on the empirical identification of normative structures for different areas with student affairs such as housing and residential life professionals and academic advising.

Short Biography

John M. Braxton is Professor of Education Emeritus in the department of Leadership, Policy and Organizations. His research interests center on the college student experience and the sociology of the academic profession. He has published over 100 publications in the form of articles in referred journals, books, and book chapters. Of his books, six are full length co-authored and seven are edited books.  His full length books include: Rethinking College Student Retention (with William Doyle, Harold Hartley, Amy Hirschy, Willis Jones and Michael McLendon), Professors Behaving Badly (with Eve Proper and Alan Bayer) and Faculty Misconduct in Collegiate Teaching (with Alan Bayer), and Institutionalizing a Broader View of Scholarship Through Boyer's Four Domains(with William Luckey and Patricia Helland).

Braxton is a recipient of the Research Achievement Award bestowed by the Association for the Study of Higher Education and the Contribution to Knowledge Award given by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA)-College Student Educators International. Both awards are for outstanding contributions to knowledge that advance the understanding of higher education. 

Professor Braxton served as the 9th Editor of the Journal of College Student Development for seven years from 2008 to 2015. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for Higher Education: A Handbook of Theory and Research. He is also a past President of the Association for the Study of Higher Education.


Media Mentions

The Chronicle of Higher Education: 'My Adviser Stole My Research'

Representative Publications

Nature 487, 165–166 (July 12, 2012): Published comment about Dr. John Braxton's book, with Eve Proper and Alan Bayer, Professors Behaving Badly (The Johns Hopkins University Press) http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v487/n7406/full/487165a.html