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The doctoral programs in higher education provide students with the opportunity to conduct research that makes a difference. Our faculty are productive scholars, each of whom has a research team of doctoral students working with them. On this page you will find some of the published results of the research conducted by our faculty, students, and alumni.

Faculty Publications

Book cover for Christian Higher Education

Christian Higher Education: An International Journal of Research, Theory, and Practice

Edited by Karen Longman, PhD, professor of doctoral higher education, and Laurie Schreiner, PhD, professor of doctoral higher education

This peer-reviewed journal, which is interdenominational and interdisciplinary in scope, publishes original research, meta-analyses, analytical essays, book reviews, and descriptions of best practices informed by empirical research.

Read some of our most read articles, or download the journal!


Book cover for Women and LeadershipWomen and Leadership: Research, Theory, and Practice (Book Series)

(Information Age Publishing, 2014-16)
Co-edited by Karen Longman, PhD, professor of doctoral higher education

This cross-disciplinary series from the International Leadership Association, featuring Azusa Pacific professor Karen A. Longman as co-editor, draws from current research findings, development practices, pedagogy, and lived experience to deliver provocative thinking that enhances leadership knowledge and improves leadership development of women around the world.

Learn more about Women and Leadership.

Book cover for Thriving in TransitionsThriving in Transitions: A Research-Based Approach to College Student Success

(University of South Carolina Press, 2012)
Edited by Laurie A. Schreiner, PhD, chair and professor of doctoral higher education; Michelle C. Louis, PhD; and Denise D. Nelson, PhD Candidate

Representing the intersection of higher education and positive psychology, this book reflects a paradigm shift in the student success literature, as it focuses on promoting high levels of academic, social, and psychological well-being in the college environment.


Book cover for Thriving in LeadershipThriving in Leadership: Strategies for Making a Difference in Christian Higher Education

(ACU Press/Leafwood Publishers, 2012)
Edited by Karen Longman, PhD, program director and professor of doctoral higher education

This book compiles the perspectives of 17 successful higher education leaders, incorporating the latest leadership literature. The book’s contents are divided into three sections: “The Interior Life of Thriving Leaders,” followed by “The Social Intelligence of Thriving Leaders,” which focuses on the relational side of leadership, and “How Leaders Can Shape a Thriving Organizational Culture.”

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Note: This information is current for the 2023-24 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.