Pauline Reynolds

Associate Professor, Department Chair
School of Education

Paulina Reynolds


Department of Leadership and Higher Education



North University Hall
Room 124B
P: 909.748.8842

The mundane and the magnificent. The everyday moments in class where I can see students "get it", witness students' writing improve, and enjoy their increasing facility in critical engagement. The extraordinary moments where I observe a student achieve personal and professional goals such as: progressing from a silent student to confident graduation speaker; successfully pursuing dreams of a doctoral education; presenting work at conferences; and, leveraging program work into a longed-for career. Rather than me making a difference, it's seeing students make a difference that motivates me.

Area(s) of Expertise

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 and I'm particularly intrigued by the changing role and meaning of higher education in social discourse. Analyzing the representation of higher education in popular culture and considering their influence on professional practice is a major focus of my work. As well as watching movies, TV shows and reading comics as part of her work, Pauline is a musician who “glows” through hot power yoga, swims, reads, loves the theatre, has pretensions of foodie-ness, and enjoys playing with her son and husband.

Professional Background Highlights

Bouncing off the interest in my book, Representing 'U', I'm busy right now working as a co-editor and chapter author for a contracted book for Palgrave MacMillan as part of their Higher Education and Society series titled “Media Representations of American Higher Education: The Anti-Intellectual University and Other Depictions” with Barbara Tobolowsky that is due to the publishers in early summer 2016. I'm also working on a book-length project analyzing the representation of professors in US movies tentatively called “The Reel Professoriate”.

Degrees Held/Licensures

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.


Gross, J.P., Berry, M., & Reynolds, P.J. (2015). “The differential effects of financial aid on degree completion by gender.” Strategic Enrollment Management, 3(1), 41-61.

Reynolds, P.J. (2014). Representing ‘U’: Popular culture, media, and higher education. AEHE, 40(4), John Wiley & Sons.

Reynolds, P.J. & Gross, J.P. (2010). “"Using Longitudinal Mixed Methods Research to Look at Undeclared Students." In T.A. Seifert (Ed.) New Directions in Institutional Research Assessment Supplement 2010. Wiley Periodicals. 

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 Indiana Project on Academic Success 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). “Indiana Project on Academic Success 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. 

Professional Affiliations

Association for the Study of Higher Education

Society for Research in Higher Education


Multidisciplinary Seminar Award, University of Redlands, Sept 2014-June 2015.

Outstanding Faculty Service Award, 2013-2014.

Raleigh Holmstedt Fellowship, December 2004.