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Anna Neumann

Professional Background

Educational Background

  • B.A., University of Texas, Austin
  • M.A., University of Texas, Brownsville and Edinburg
  • Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Scholarly Interests

Anna Neumann's research and teaching interests include the pedagogies of liberal education, teaching and learning in urban colleges and universities serving first-generation learners, professors and their intellectual careers, qualitative research strategies and methods, and doctoral students' learning of research and development as researchers. 


Her most recent book, Professing to Learn: Creating Tenured Lives and Careers in the American Research University (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), analyzes the scholarly learning and development of 78 early midcareer professors in diverse disciplines and fields and working at five major American research universities.  Recent writings have focused on liberal education and culturally relevant pedagogies; professors' learning in their teaching, research, and service; cognition and learning in higher education organizations; aesthetic dimensions of scholarly learning; and doctoral students' learning of research in education and the social sciences. 


Neumann has been named a Fellow of the American Education Research Association (AERA) for "exceptional scientific and scholarly contributions to education research" and "significant contributions to the field," and in 2013 she was elected to membership in the National Academy of Education.  She is a recipient of the AERA Division J Exemplary Research Award presented to scholars “whose published research has made an outstanding contribution to knowledge and understanding in the field of higher education.”  She is the immediate past president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education and directs the Program in Higher and Postsecondary Education at Teachers College.  Effective September 1, 2013 she will be Chair of the Department of Organization and Leadership at Teachers College.

Videotape of Professor Neumann’s Presidential Address to the Association for the Study of Higher Education, November 2012, Las Vegas, Nevada:

Selected Publications


Neumann, Anna. Professing to Learn: Creating Tenured Lives and Careers in the American Research University. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.

O'Meara, KerryAnn, Aimee LaPointe Terosky, & Anna Neumann. Faculty Careers and Work Lives: A Professional Growth Perspective. ASHE Higher Education Report, no. 34(3). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2008.

Neumann, Anna, Aaron Pallas, & Penelope L. Peterson, eds. Investment in the Future: Improving Education Research at Four Leading Schools of Education: Campus Experiences of the Spencer Foundation's Research Training Grant Program. Special Issue of Teachers College Record, Vol. 110 No. 7, July 2008.

Neumann, Anna, & Penelope L. Peterson (editors). Learning From Our Lives: Women, Research, and Autobiography in Education.  New York: Teachers College Press, 1997.

Bensimon, Estela M., & Anna Neumann. Redesigning Collegiate Leadership:  Teams and Teamwork in Higher Education. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993.


Neumann, Anna, Milagros Castillo, and Liza Bolitzer.  “Culturally Anchored Liberal Education.” In Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education, edited by James A. Banks.  Thousand Oaks, CA:  Sage Publications, 2012.

Neumann, Anna. “Organizational Cognition in Higher Education.” In The Organization of Higher Education:  Manging Colleges for a New Era, edited by Michael N. Bastedo.  Baltimore:  Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012, pp. 304-331.

Neumann, Anna, & Aaron M. Pallas. “Windows of Possibility:  Perspectives on the Construction of Educational Researchers.” In The Sage Handbook for Research in Education:  Pursuing Ideas as the Keystone of Exemplary Inquiry, edited by Clifton F. Conrad & Ronald C. Serlin.  Thousand Oaks:  Sage, 2011, pp. 299-322.

Neumann, Anna.  “Scholarly Learning and the Academic Profession in a Time of Change.”  In The American Academic Profession: Transformation in Contemporary Higher Education, edited by Joseph C. Hermanowicz.  Baltimore:  The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011, pp. 191-215.

Neumann, Anna. "Protecting the Passion of Scholars in Times of Change." Change, Vol. 41, No. 2, March/April 2009, pp. 10-15.

Neumann, Anna, Aaron Pallas, & Penelope L. Peterson. "Exploring the Investment: Four Universities' Experiences with the Spencer Foundation's Research Training Grant Program: A Retrospective." In Investment in the Future: Improving Education Research at Four Leading Schools of Education: Campus Experiences of the Spencer Foundation's Research Training Grant Program. Special Issue of Teachers College Record, Vol. 110 No. 7, July 2008, pp. 1477-1503.

Terosky, Aimee LaPointe, Tamsyn Phifer, & Anna Neumann.  “Shattering Plexiglas:  Continuing Challenges for Women Professors in Research Universities.”  In Women in Academe:  The Unfinished Agenda, edited by Judith Glazer-Raymo.  Baltimore:  The Johns Hopkins Press, 2008, pp. 52-79.

Neumann, Anna, & Aimee LaPointe Terosky. "To Give and to Receive: Recently Tenured Professors' Experiences of Service in Major Research Universities." The Journal of Higher Education, Vol. 78, No. 3, May/June 2007, pp. 282-310.

Neumann, Anna. "Professing Passion: Emotion in the Scholarship of Professors in Research Universities." American Educational Research Journal, Vol. 43, No. 3, Fall 2006, pp. 381-424.

Neumann, Anna, Aimee LaPointe Terosky, & Julie Schell. "Agents of Learning: Strategies for Assuming Agency, for Learning, in Tenured Faculty Careers." The Balancing Act: Gendered Perspectives in Faculty Roles and Work Lives, edited by Susan J. Bracken, Jeanie K. Allen, & Diane Dean. Women's Caucus of the American Association for Higher Education. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, 2006.

Neumann, Anna. "To Glimpse Beauty and Awaken Meaning: Scholarly Learning as Aesthetic Experience," published as part of "Symposium: Aesthetic Lives: Teaching and Learning as Creative Work." Journal of Aesthetic Education, Vol. 39, No. 4, Summer 2005, pp. 68-88.

Neumann, Anna. "Observations: Taking Seriously the Topic of Learning in Studies of Faculty Work and Careers." In Advancing Faculty Learning through Interdisciplinary Collaboration, edited by Elizabeth G. Creamer & Lisa Lattuca, New Directions in Teaching and Learning, Marilla D. Svinicki, Editor in Chief. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, Summer 2005, pp. 63-83.

Neumann, Anna, Aaron M. Pallas, & Penelope L. Peterson. "Preparing Education Practitioners to Practice Education Research." In Issues in Education Research: Problems and Possibilities, edited by Ellen Condliffe Lagemann & Lee S. Shulman, Commission for Improving Educational Research, National Academy of Education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass,1999, pp. 247-288.

Neumann, Anna. "Inventing a Labor of Love: Scholarship as a Woman's Work." In Women's Untold Stories: Breaking Silence, Talking Back, Voicing Complexity, edited by Mary Romero & Abigail J. Stewart. New York: Routledge, 1999, pp. 243-255.
Neumann, Anna. “On Experience, Memory, and Knowing:  A Post-Holocaust (Auto)biography.” Curriculum Inquiry, Vol. 28, No. 4, Winter 1998, pp. 425-442.

Neumann, Anna, & Penelope L. Peterson.  "Researching Lives:  Women, Scholarship, and Autobiography in Education."  In Learning From Our Lives: Women, Research, and Autobiography in Education, edited by Anna Neumann & Penelope L. Peterson. New York: Teachers College Press, 1997, pp. 1-17.

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ORLH 4011: Curriculum and instruction in higher education

An introduction to trends and issues pertaining to curriculum and instruction in U.S. higher education. Internal and external influences on curriculum and teaching, and implications for college and university classrooms. Examination of key trends and developments, including the impact of the new scholarship of teaching.

ORLH 4830: Transforming the curriculum: Theory and practice

This course is designed to explore both the cognitive and cultural implications of curriculum design. It emphasizes the theoretical and practical implications of curricular transformation based on the new scholarship of gender, race, ethnicity, and class, as well as student intellectual and interpersonal development.

ORLH 5011: College teaching and learning

Designed for individuals who aspire to college teaching. This course emphasizes research on student learning, multiple pedagogies (such as experiential learning, learning communities, effective lecture, discussion, evaluation approaches, and curriculum design). The course stresses the implications of diversity in the student population.

ORLH 5526: Advanced professional seminar: Advanced professional seminar: The literature of higher education

Permission required if not a student in the program. Intensive analysis of research/writings on problems and issues in postsecondary education. The course is intended for Ed.M. and Ed.D. students in the program. Other students in the college who wish to enroll should obtain permission of the instructor. Analysis of selected classic and contemporary works that have influenced thought and affected public opinion and public policy related to higher education. Topics vary from year to year.

ORLH 5527: Advanced professional seminar: The college professoriate

Review and discussion of the research and literature, diverse roles, and expectations that characterize the position of college professor, with attention to implications for professional and personal development.

ORLH 6557: Research practices in higher and adult education

ORLH 6558: Research practices in higher and adult education