Currently my major projects involve a series of papers about my analysis of the depiction of professors in US films from 1930-50 and starting work on a new project that bounces off this work, analyzing the portrayal of women professors in US films throughout the 20th century. I am also involved in collaborative projects examining incivility in the classroom and an analysis of the ABC Family show “Greek.”
Description of Research
I have broad research interests in the study of higher education that encompass issues of gender, culture, equity and change. I engage in these areas through a variety of research endeavors. I am particularly intrigued by the changing role and meaning of higher education in social discourse something that I currently explore through my work with popular culture. Other areas of interest include work in organizational change, action inquiry and student retention.
Courses Taught at Redlands
I teach the introductory course for the MA program "Higher Education in the US: Contexts and Populations" as well as "An Introduction to College Student Affairs," the qualitative methods course and topic courses such as "Women and Higher Education: Past and Present." Also, I teach "Innovations in Leadership and Professional Development" for the Ed.D. program.
- Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education, September 2007. Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.
- Master of Music in Early Music, December 2003. Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.
- Bachelor of Music (Honors), July 1996. Royal College of Music, London, England
Previous Relevant Work Experience
Research Associate, Indiana Project on Academic Success, Jan. 2004 – May 2006
Significant Publications and Presentations
Reynolds, P.J. (2009). “The Celluloid Ceiling: Women Academics, Social Values, and Narrative in 1940s American Film.” Gender and Education, 21(2), 209-224.
Reynolds, P.J. & Hossler, D. (2009). “The IPAS Paper-trail: An Analysis of the Documents and Reflections of IPAS Staff.” In D. Hossler (Ed.) Readings in Equal Education, Volume 24. AMS Press, Inc.
Reynolds, P.J., Rago, M. & Brown, R. (2009). “IPAS in Practice: Bringing Orientation to a Community College Campus”. In D. Hossler (Ed.) Readings in Equal Education, Volume 24. AMS Press, Inc.
Braxton, J., McKinney, J., & Reynolds, P. (2006). “Cataloguing Institutional Efforts to Understand and Reduce College Student Departure”. In E. P. St. John (Ed.) New Directions in Institutional Research, 130. San Francisco: Jossey Bass.
Recent presentations include:
“Reframing Institutional Research to Support Initiatives to Improve Academic Success.” With Ed St. John and others. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Institutional Research (AIR), May 30th-June 3rd, 2009.
“Ways of Knowing: Faculty, Social Values and Anti-Intellectualism in American Film, 1930-50.” Research paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), 15th April, 2009.
“ABC Family’s “Greek”: Examining The Portrayal of a “Real” College Experience?” With J.P. Mendez. Research paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), 15th April 2009.
“The ‘Reel’ Professoriate: Faculty, Social Values and the Symbol of the Book in American Film.” Research paper presented at the annual meeting of Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), 6th Nov, 2009.
- Association for the Study of Higher Education
- American Education Research Association (AERA)