Susan K. Gardner

Susan K GardnerProfessor of Higher Education
Phone: 207.581.3122

331A Merrill Hall
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5749

Bio: Susan K. Gardner is professor of Higher Education at the University of Maine. She began her faculty career at Louisiana State University during 2005-2007 and moved to UMaine in 2007. There, she earned early tenure in 2010 and was promoted to professor in 2015. She has served as Director of a $3.3M NSF ADVANCE grant on faculty recruitment, retention, and advancement; Director of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program; Director of the Rising Tide Center focused on equity and inclusion; Associate Dean of Accreditation and Graduate Affairs in the College of Education and Human Development; and Interim Dean.

Dr. Gardner’s scholarship focuses on the intersections of individual success within organizational environments of higher education institutions. To date, this focus has lent itself to over 60 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and books on doctoral student socialization and development as well as on the topic of the retention and advancement of women faculty. In these areas, Susan has also served as PI, Co-PI, and major personnel on grants from the National Science Foundation and the Sloan Foundation totaling nearly $24 million.

Susan lives with her partner, two daughters, their poorly behaved dog and their extremely patient cat in Bangor, Maine.

Ph.D. in Higher Education with Student Affairs Emphasis, Minor in Leadership, 2005, Washington State University
Dissertation Topic: “Socialization of Chemistry and History Doctoral Students at Two Research Universities”
M.Ed. in Education, 2001, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Thesis: “Induction Program for Teachers in Small School Districts”
B.A. in Spanish and Education, 1996, Hamline University

Courses taught at UMaine

  • HED 610: Case Studies in Student Development in Higher Education
  • HED 620: Seminar in Higher Education in the U.S.
  • HED 630: History of Higher Education
  • HED 654: Higher Education Policy and Politics
  • HED 676: Doctoral Seminar in Higher Education
  • WGS 101: Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • WGS 480: Capstone in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Sample Publications

  • Gardner, S. K., hart, j., Ng, J., Ropers-Huilman, R., Ward, K. A., & Wolf-Wendel, L. (2017). “Me-search”: Challenges and opportunities regarding subjectivity in knowledge construction. Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 8, 88-108.
  • Gardner, S. K., & Blackstone, A. (2017). Faculty agency in applying for promotion to professor. Journal for the Study of Postsecondary and Tertiary Education, 2, 59-75.
  • Gardner, S. K., & Veliz, D. (2014). Evincing the ratchet: A document analysis of promotion and tenure criteria from a striving university. The Review of Higher Education, 38, 105-132.
  • Gardner, S. K. (2014). Cumulative negativity: Reasons for women faculty departure from one research institution. Journal of Higher Education Management, 28(1), 148-165.
  • Gardner, S. K., & Blackstone, A. (2013). Putting in your time: Faculty experiences in the process of promotion to full professor. Innovative Higher Education, 38, 411-425.
  • McCoy, S. K., Newell, E. E., & Gardner, S. K. (2013). Seeking balance: The importance of environmental conditions in men and women faculty’s well-being. Innovative Higher Education38, 309-322.
  • Gardner, S. K. (2013). Paradigmatic differences of faculty involved in an interdisciplinary research collaboration. Sustainability Science, 8, 241-252.
  • Gardner, S. K. (2013). Women faculty departures from a striving institution: Between a rock and a hard place. Review of Higher Education, 36, 349-370.
  • Gardner, S. K., & Holley, K. (2011). “Those invisible barriers are real”: The progression of first-generation students through doctoral education. Equity and Excellence in Education, 44, 77-92.
  • Gardner, S. K. (2009). Coming out of the sexual harassment closet: One woman’s story of politics and change in higher education. National Women’s Studies Association Journal, 21, 171-195.

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