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Lisa Ellen Wolf-Wendel

School of Education - Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
Doctor of Philosophy, Higher Education, The Claremont Graduate School
Primary office:
Joseph R. Pearson Hall
Room 214 H
University of Kansas
1122 West Campus Rd
Lawrence, KS 66045-3101


Lisa Wolf-Wendel, PhD is a Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. She is also the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the School of Education. 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.

Program Affiliation:

M.S.E.: http://elps.ku.edu/higher-education/mse

Ed.D: http://elps.ku.edu/higher-ed/edd

Ph.D.: http://elps.ku.edu/higher-ed/phd

Related information:



Doctor of Philosophy, Higher Education, The Claremont Graduate School

Master of Arts, Higher Education, The Claremont Graduate School

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Communications, Stanford University



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

Teaching Interests

  • College Student Development
  • Faculty Issues
  • College Student Access and Retention
  • Qualitative research methods

Research Interests

  • Equity issues in higher education
  • Women faculty
  • Work/family balance
  • Dual career academic couples
  • International faculty
  • Women's colleges
  • Special focus institutions
  • 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.

Selected Publications

Wolf-Wendel, L. & Ward, K. A. (in press). Mothering and Professing: Critical Choices and the Academic Career. NASPA: Journal about Women in Higher Education.

Wolf-Wendel, L. & Ward, K. (in press). Dual career couple hiring in STEM.

Wolf-Wendel, L. & Ward, K. (in press). Dual Career Couple Hiring in STEM. In . (Ed.), Advancing Women in Academics: STEM Fields Through Dual Career Couple Policies and Practices.

Sallee, M. Ward, K. & Wolf-Wendel, L. (2015). Can anyone have it all? Gendered views on work, family and academic careers. Innovative Higher Education, 41(3), 1-16.

Wolf-Wendel, L. & Ward, K. (2015). Academic mothers: Exploring disciplinary perspectives. Innovative Higher Education, 14, 19-35.

Ng, J. Skorupski, W. Frey, B. & Wolf-Wendel, L. (2013). ACES: Developing a valid and reliable survey to assess faculty support of diversity goals. Research and Practice in Assessment, 8, 29-42.

Kim, D. Wolf-Wendel, L. & Twombly, S. (2013). The Role of Citizenship Status in Intent to Leave for Pre-Tenure Faculty: Ready, Set, Go? Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 6(4), 245-260.

Wolf-Wendel, L. & Ward, K. (2013). Work and Family Integration for Faculty: What Can Chairs Do? The Department Chair.

Kim, D. Twombly, S. & Wolf-Wendel, L. E. (2012). International faculty in American universities: Experiences of academic life, productivity, and career mobility. In Y. J. Xu (Ed.), Refine the Focus on University Faculty: The Interplay of Diversity, Time, and Methodology (Vol. 2012 , pp. 27-46). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley. DOI:10.1002/lr.20020

Wolf-Wendel, L. Ng, J. & Lombardi, K. (2012). Pathways from middle school to college: Examining the impact of an urban, pre-college preparation program. Education and Urban Society, 1-27.

Ward, K. & Wolf-Wendel, L. E. (2012). Academic Motherhood: Managing Work and Family, Piscataway, NJ : Rutgers University Press.

Wolf-Wendel, L. & Ward, K. (2012). 21st Century Scholar. Breast practices: Negotiating family and academic life.

Kim, D. B., Wolf-Wendel, L. & Twombly, S. (2011). Predicting International Faculty Satisfaction and Productivity Using Alternative Definitions and Institutional Characteristics. Journal of Higher Education, 82(6), 720-747.

Wolf-Wendel, L. & Eason, R. (2010). Women's Colleges and Universities. In B. Banks (Ed.), Gender and Higher Education. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Kord, J. & Wolf-Wendel, L. (2010). The Relationship between Online Social Networking and Academic and Social Integration. College Student Affairs Journal, 28(2).

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.

Ward, K. & Wolf-Wendel, L. (2009). Academic careers and children: Lifelong Commitments. Teachers College Record Commentary.

Ward, K. & Wolf-Wendel, L. (2009). Academic Motherhood: What Longitudinal Perspectives Reveal about Work and Family for Female Faculty. AAUW Outlook Magazine.

Wolf-Wendel, L. E. (2009). The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) Survey Results for Spring 2009.

Ward, K. & Wolf-Wendel, L. (2008). Choice and discourse in faculty careers: Feminist perspectives of work and family. In J. Glazer (Ed.), Unfinished business: New and continuing gender challenges in higher education. Baltimore, MD: Jossey-Bass.

Wolf-Wendel, L. Bajaj, A. & Spriggs, T. (2008). Responding to the needs of LGB student athletes and their team members. In L. Toogood & E. Gill (Eds.), Advising Student Athletes. Manhattan, KS: National Association of Academic Advisors.

Kim, D. Twombly, S. & Wolf-Wendel, L. (2008). Factors predicting community college faculty satisfaction with instructional autonomy. Community College Review, 35(3), 159-180.

Rice, L. Wolf-Wendel, L. & Twombly, S. (2007). Helping or hurting women? The case of a dual career couple policy at the University of Kansas. In M. A. Danowitz Sagaria (Ed.), Women, Universities and Change: Gender Equality in the European Union and the United States. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Wolf-Wendel, E. & Eason, B. (2007). Women’s colleges and universities (4,000 words). In B. J. Bank (Ed.), Gender and Education: An Encyclopedia. New York, NY: Greenwood Press.

Baker, B. D., Wolf-Wendel, L. & Twombly, S. (2007). Exploring the Faculty Pipeline in Educational Administration: Evidence from the Survey of Earned Doctorates 1990 to 2000. Educational Administration Quarterly, 43(2), 189-220.

Ward, K. A., Wolf-Wendel, L. E., & Twombly, S. B. (2007). Faculty Life at Community Colleges: The Perspective of Women with Children. Community College Review, 34(4), 255-281.

Ward, K. & Wolf-Wendel, L. (2007). Managing work and family on the tenure track. Teachers College Record Commentary. http://www.tcrecord.org/content.asp?contentid=14491

Ward, K. A., & Wolf-Wendel, L. E. (2007). The chairs role in helping faculty negotiate work and family. The Department Chair Newsletter, 18(1), 1-3.

Wolf-Wendel, L. E., & Ward, K. (2007). Academic Motherhood. Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession Newsletter. http://www.cswep.org/newsletters.htm

Twombly, S. B., Wolf-Wendel, L. E., Williams, J. & Green, P. (2006). Searching for the next generation of teacher educators: Assessing the success of academic searches. Journal of Teacher Education, 57(5), 1-14.

Wolf-Wendel, L. E., & Ward, K. A. (2006). Faculty Life at Comprehensive Universities: Between a Rock and a Hard Place. Journal of the Professoriate, 1(2), 1-21.

Wolf-Wendel, L. & Ward, K. (2006). Academic life and motherhood: Variations by institutional type. Higher Education, 52(3), 487-521.

Wolf-Wendel, L. & Ward, K. (2006). Faculty work and family life: Policy perspectives from different institutional types. In S. Bracken, J. K. Allen, & D. Dean (Eds.), The Balancing Act: Gendered Perspectives in Faculty Roles and Work Lives. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

Wolf-Wendel, L. Baker, B. D., Twombly, S. Tollefson, N. & Mahlios, M. (2006). Who's teaching the teachers? Evidence from the national survey of postsecondary faculty and survey of earned doctorates. American Journal of Education, 112.

Wolf-Wendel, L. & Ward, K. (2005). Policy contexts for work and family: Perspectives from research university faculty. In J. Curtis (Ed.), The Challenge of Balancing Faculty Careers and Family Work. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Wolf-Wendel, L. & Smith, D. G. (2005). The Challenge of Diversity.( th ed.) (Vol. ). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Gaston-Gayles, J. Wolf-Wendel, L. Twombly, S. Ward, K. & Tuttle, K. (2005). From disciplinarian to change agent: How the civil rights era changed the roles of student affairs professionals. NASPA Journal, 42(3), 263-282.

Wilson, M. E. & Wolf-Wendel, L. E. (Eds.). (2005). ASHE Reader Series. College Student Development Theory Reader. Boston, MA: Pearson Custom Publishing.

Wolf-Wendel, L. E., Twombly, S. & Rice, S. (2004). Dual career couples. In K. A. Renn & C. Hughes (Eds.), The Roads Taken: Women in Student Affairs at Mid-Career. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

Wolf-Wendel, L. E. (2004). [Review of the book Contradictions in Women's Education: Traditionalism, Careerism, and Community at a Single-Sex College, Banks]. The Journal of General Education, 53(2), 161-165.

Wolf-Wendel, L. E., Twombly, S. Tuttle, K. Ward, K. & Gaston, J. (2004). Reflecting Back, Looking Forward: Civil Rights and Student Affairs, Washington, DC: National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

Ward, K. A., & Wolf-Wendel, L. E. (2004). Academic motherhood: Managing complex roles in research universities. Review of Higher Education, 27(2), 233-257.

Ward, K. A., & Wolf-Wendel, L. E. (2004). Fear factor: How safe is it to make time for family? Academe, 90(6), 28-31.

Wolf-Wendel, E. Twombly, S. B., Morphew, C. C., & Sopcich, J. (2004). From the barrio to the bucolic: The student transfer experience from HSI to Smith college. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 28, 1-19.

Wolf-Wendel, L. E. (2004). Freshman Summer Institute Assessment for 2004-1997.

Wolf-Wendel, L. E. (2003). Gender and higher education: What should we learn from women’s colleges? In B. Ropers-Huilman (Ed.), Gendered Futures in Higher Education: Critical Perspectives for Change. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

Wolf-Wendel, L. E., & Ward, K. (2003). Negotiating work and family: Parenting and dual-career dilemmas. In B. Ropers-Huilman (Ed.), Gendered Futures in Higher Education: Critical Perspectives for Change. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

Wolf-Wendel, L. E., Twombly, S. & Rice, S. (2003). The Two-Body Problem: Dual Career Couple Hiring Policies in Higher Education, Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins Press.

Morphew, C. C., Wolf-Wendel, L. E., & Toma, J. D. (2003). Rejoinder response to athletics article. Review of Higher Education, 26(4), 497-501.

Wolf-Wendel, L. E., Morphew, C. & Twombly, S. (2003). Report for KC REACHE Brick and Click Initiative, 2002, 2003.

Wolf-Wendel, L. E., Twombly, S. B., & Rice, S. (2003). It's really a three body problem. Science's Next Wave, http://nextwave.sciencemag.org/cdc.

Wolf-Wendel, L. (2002). [Review of the book Separate by Degree: Women Students' Experiences in Single-Sex and Coeducational Colleges, Miller-Bernal (2000)]. Journal of Higher Education

Wolf-Wendel, E. (2002). Faculty recruitment (2000 words). In J. Forrest & K. Kinser (Eds.), Higher Education in the United States: An Encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO Publishers.

Wolf-Wendel, E. (2002). Single sex institutions (1500 words). In J. W. Guthrie (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Education, Second Edition. New York, NY: Macmillan Reference.

Wolf-Wendel, E. (2002). The impact of college on students (4000 words). In J. Forrest & K. Kinser (Eds.), Higher Education in the United States: An Encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO Publishers.

Wolf-Wendel, E. (2002). Women's colleges (3000 words). In A. M. Aleman & K. Renn (Eds.), Women in Higher Education: An Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO Publishers.

Twombly, S. T., Wolf-Wendel, E. & Morphew, C. C. (2002). Title III Assessment for Haskell Indian Nations University.

Wolf-Wendel, L. E., Toma, J. D., & Morphew, C. C. (2001). How much difference is too much difference? Perceptions of gays and lesbians in intercollegiate athletics. Journal of College Student Development, 42(5), 1-15.

Morphew, C. C., Twombly, S. & Wolf-Wendel, L. E. (2001). Innovative linkages: The story of Miami-Dade Community College, Santa Monica College, and Smith. Community College Review, 29(3), 1-21.

Wolf-Wendel, L. E., Toma, J. D., & Morphew, C. C. (2001). There is no "I" in team, and other lessons from intercollegiate athletics. Review of Higher Education, 24(4), 369-396.

Tidball, E. Tidball, C. Smith, D. & Wolf-Wendel, L. (2000). Priorities, patterns and principles. In J. Glazer-Raymo, B. Townsend, & B. Ropers-Huilman (Eds.), Women in American Higher Education: A Feminist Perspective. Boston, MA: Pearson Custom Publishing.

Wolf-Wendel, L. (2000). Research issues on women's colleges. In . OERI (Ed.), A Closer Look at Women’s Colleges. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI). http://www.ed.gov/pubs/WomensColleges/index.html

Wolf-Wendel, L. E. (2000). The future of women's colleges in the United States. In . (Ed.), Creating a Learning Community with Feminist Values. Seoul, South Korea: Ehwa Women's University Press.

Wolf-Wendel, L. E., & Toma, J. D. (2000). Winning through diversity: Lessons from intercollegiate athletics in creating community from difference. In . NASPA (Ed.), Diversity on Campus: Reports from the Field. Washington, DC: Magnificent Publications Inc.

Morphew, C. & Wolf-Wendel, L. (2000). [Review of the book Social Science in Actual Practice: Themes on My Blue Guitar]. Management Learning, 30(4), 503-504.

Wolf-Wendel, L. E., Tuttle, K. & Keller-Wolff, C. (2000). Assessment of a freshman summer transition program in an open admissions institution. The Journal of the Freshman Year Experience and Students in Transition, 11(2), 7-32.

Wolf-Wendel, L. E., Baker, B. & Morphew, C. (2000). Dollars & $ense: Institutional resources and the baccalaureate origins of women doctorates. Journal of Higher Education, 71(2), 165-186.

Wolf-Wendel, L. E., Twombly, S. & Rice, S. (2000). Dual-career couples: Keeping them together. Journal of Higher Education, 71(3), 291-321.

Baker, B. Keller-Wolff, C. & Wolf-Wendel, L. E. (2000). Two steps forward, one step back: Race/ethnicity and student achievement in education policy research. Educational Policy, 14(4), 511-529.

Wolf-Wendel, L. E. (2000). Women friendly campuses: What five institutions are doing right. The Review of Higher Education, 23(3), 319-345.

Ward, K. & Wolf-Wendel, L. E. (2000). Community-centered service learning: Moving from doing for to doing with. American Behavioral Scientist, 43(5), 767-780.

Wolf-Wendel, L. & Ruel, M. (1999). Developing the whole student: The collegiate ideal. In D. Toma & A. Kezar (Eds.), Reconceptualizing the Collegiate Ideal. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Wolf-Wendel, L. & Pedigo, S. (1999). Two-year women's colleges: Silenced, fading, and almost forgotten. In B. Townsend (Ed.), Community Colleges for Women and Minorities: Enabling Access to the Baccalaureate. Westport, CT: Garland Press.

Tidball, E. Smith, D. Tidball, C. & Wolf-Wendel, L. E. (1998). Taking Women Seriously: Lessons and Legacies for Educating the Majority, Phoenix: AZ: ACE/Oryx Press.

Wolf-Wendel, L. E. (1998). Models of excellence: The baccalaureate origins of successful European American women, African American women and Latinas. Journal of Higher Education, 69(2), 144-172.

Smith, D. Wolf-Wendel, L. & Busenberg, B. (1996). Achieving Faculty Diversity: Debunking the Myths, Washington, DC: American Association of College and Universities.

Appel, M. Cartwright, D. Smith, D. & Wolf-Wendel, L. E. (1996). The Impact of Diversity on Students: A Preliminary Review of the Research Literature, Washington D.C: American Association of Colleges and Universities.

Xu, X. Wolf-Wendel, L. E., & Herron, M. (1996). Chinese students in American universities: Why they come, what they experience, and who they are. International Education Forum, 16(2), 135-154.

Wolf-Wendel, L. E. (1996). Kansas Eisenhower Project First-Year Assessment.

Smith, D. Wolf, L. E., & Morrison, D. (1995). Paths to success: Factors related to the impact of women's colleges. Journal of Higher Education, 66(3), 245-266.

Levitan, T. & Wolf, L. E. (1994). Diversity resource guide. In D. Smith, L. E. Wolf, & T. Levitan (Eds.), Studying Diversity in Higher Education. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Smith, D. Wolf, L. & Levitan, T. (1994). Introduction to studying diversity in higher education. In D. Smith, L. E. Wolf, & T. Levitan (Eds.), Studying Diversity in Higher Education. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Smith, D., Wolf, L. E., & Levitan, T. (Eds.). (1994). New Directions for Institutional Research, #81. Studying Diversity in Higher Education (D. Smith, L. E. Wolf, & T. Levitan, Eds.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Smith, D. Morrison, D. & Wolf, L. E. (1994). College as a gendered experience: An empirical analysis using multiple lenses. Journal of Higher Education, 65(6), 696-725.

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Selected Awards & Honors

Higher Education Monograph Series Editor

School of Education Faculty Service Achievement Award
University of Kansas

Sally Loyd Casanova Distinguished Alumni Recognition
Claremont Graduate University

Gene A. Budig Teaching Professorship
University of Kansas
2009 - 2010

President Faculty Senate
2009 - 2010

W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Recognition in Teaching and Advising Excellence
University of Kansas

School of Education Faculty Research Achievement Award
University of Kansas

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Professor Lisa Wolf-Wendel is president-elect of the Association for the Study of Higher Education
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