Pauline Reynolds

Assoc Professor, Sch of Ed

Office: Education, University Hall

Phone: 909/748-8842 Campus Ext. 8842



Current Research

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.

Degrees Held

  • 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.

Professional Affiliations

  • Association for the Study of Higher Education
  • American Education Research Association (AERA)

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