Joseph B. Berger, Ph.D.

Professor
Associate Dean for Research and Engagement
Department of Educational Policy, Research & Administration

B.A., Lawrence University, 1986
M.A., Bowling Green State University, 1990
Ph.D., Vanderbilt, 1997

(413) 545-3610

University of Massachusetts Amherst
Room 126, Furcolo Hall
Amherst, Massachusetts 01003

Professional Interests: 

Joseph B. Berger’s scholarly interests focus on postsecondary educational leadership and organizational development. Most recently, his work is focused on improving tertiary educational systems and institutions in high need international contexts such as Egypt, Malawi, China, the Philippines, Russia, and Afghanistan.

Domestically, his work focuses on the ways in which leadership, organizational, and policy structures influence college access and degree attainment, particularly for those students who have been traditionally under-represented in higher education. He has authored dozens of journal articles, book chapters, and research reports and served on the editorial boards of top journals such as Research in Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, and Journal of College Student Retention. His work has generated more than $10 million in external funding from agencies and foundations such as the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, National Science Foundation (NSF), and United States Agency for International Development (USAID). His work has been recognized with awards from the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), American College Personnel Association (ACPA), and National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).