Lisa Ellen Wolf-Wendel

Primary office:
419 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Lisa Wolf-Wendel, PhD is a Professor of Higher Education and Coordinator of the Higher Education Master’s Degree Program in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Kansas. Dr. Wolf-Wendel joined the faculty of the University of Kansas (KU) in 1995.

Dr. Wolf-Wendel earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Communications from Stanford University in 1987. She earned her doctorate in Higher Education from The Claremont Graduate University in 1995.

Dr. Wolf-Wendel is the author of numerous books and refereed journal articles on topics related to equity issues in higher education. Her research focuses on faculty issues including studies of the academic labor market, the needs of international faculty and faculty from historically underrepresented groups, and several recent research projects pertaining to the policy response of academic institutions in the wake of demands for dual career couple accommodations and work/family balance. She is an editor of the ASHE Higher Education Monograph Series, and serves on the Editorial Board of many publications in higher education including Research in Higher Education, The Journal of College Student Development, and the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Higher Education, Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, California, 1995
  • M.A., Higher Education, Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, California, 1995
  • B.A., Psychology and Communications, Stanford Universtiy, Palo Alto, California, 1987

Research Interests

gender and racial/ethnic diversity issues as they pertain to faculty, students, administrators; and institutions of higher education. Special area of interest focuses on dual career academic couples and work/life balance for faculty members.

Recent Publications

  • Ward, K. & Wolf-Wendel, L. E. (in preparation) Academic Motherhood: Managing Work and Family. Rutgers University Press.
  • Kim, D.B., Wolf-Wendel, L., & Twombly, S. (in press). Predicting International Faculty Satisfaction and Productivity Using Alternative Definitions and Institutional Characteristics. Journal of Higher Education.
  • Wolf-Wendel, L., Ward, K., & Kinzie, J. (2009). A Tangled Web of Terms: The Overlap and Unique Contribution of Involvement, Engagement, and Integration to Understand College Student Success. Journal of College Student Development, 50(4), 407-428.


Dept Number Course Name
ELPS 883 College Student Development
ELPS 884 Research on College Students
ELPS 886 Theory and Practice in Higher Education (Capstone)
ELPS 970 Theory and Research in Administration
ELPS 998 The American Faculty

Related Information

Awards/Honors/Major Service

  • School of Education Faculty Service Achievement Award, University of Kansas, May 2011.
  • Recipient of the Sally Loyd Casanova Distinguished Alumni Recognition. Claremont Graduate University, 2010.
  • Recipient of the Gene A. Budig Teaching Professorship. University of Kansas, 2009-2010.
  • Recipient W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Recognition in Teaching and Advising Excellence. University of Kansas, August 2006.
  • School of Education Faculty Research Achievement Award, University of Kansas, May, 2004.
  • President Faculty Senate, 2009-2010
  • ASHE Higher Education Monograph Series Editor

Program Affiliation

Higher Education Administration (M.S.ED, Ph.D., Ed.D)

School of Education is 10th among public universities for its master’s and doctoral programs
—U.S. News & World Report
Professor Lisa Wolf-Wendel is president-elect of the Association for the Study of Higher Education
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