Jaime Lester

Jaime Lester

Jaime Lester

Interim Director

Professor

Learning Data Analytics: Providing Actionable Insights to Increase College Student Success; Mid-career Faculty; Role of Higher Education Search Firms in Diversifying Leadership

Jaime Lester, Interim Director and Professor of the Higher Education Program, George Mason University, holds a Ph.D. and M.Ed. in higher education from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. Dr. Lester also holds a dual B.A. from the University of Michigan in English and Women’s studies. She has received numerous awards for her research and teaching to include the Barbara Townsend Emerging Scholar Award from the Council for the Study of Community Colleges in 2009 and the Mason Excellence in Teaching Award in 2013. She was also the Mason state council rising star nominee in 2011. Dr. Lester is the Editor of Community College Review and serves on the Editorial Board of Journal of Diversity in Higher Education and NASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education.

The overarching goal of her research program is to examine organizational change and leadership in higher education. This focus has led to examinations of non-positional leadership and tactics to promote local and institutional change and the role of individual identity in creating equitable workplaces in colleges and universities. Her more recent research on learning analytics and pedagogy in computer science is funded by the National Science Foundation (#1444789) and Google. The aim of this research is to create and promote new data-driven evidence to promote changes in pedagogy, instructional practice, and leadership decision-making.

Dr. Lester has over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and other academic publications. Her work appears in the Community College Review, Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, Community College Journal of Research and Practice, Liberal Education, Feminist Formations (formerly NMSA Journal), and NEA: Thought & Action. She also has many books on learning analytics in higher education, gendered perspectives in community colleges, family-friendly policies in higher education, ways to restructure higher education to promote collaboration, non-positional leadership, and workplace bullying. Her work is widely quoted in media outlets such as National Public Radio, New York Times, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Find her on twitter @ProfJaimeLester

Current Research

Learning Data Analytics: Providing Actionable Insights to Increase College Student Success

Mid-career Faculty

Role of Higher Education Search Firms in Diversifying Leadership

Selected Publications

Lester, J., Klein, C., Rangwala H., & Johri, A (2018). Learning Analytics in Higher Education. ASHE Higher Education Report.

Lester, J., Klein, C., Rangwala H., & Johri, A (Eds.) (2018). Learning Analytics in Higher Education: Current Innovations, Future Potential, and Practical Considerations. Routledge Press.

Klein, C., Lester, J., Rangwala, H. & Johri, A. (Accepted). Learning Analytics Tools in Higher Education: Adoption at the Intersection of Institutional Commitment and Individual Action. The Review of Higher Education.

Lester, J. & Kezar, A. (2017). Strategies and Challenges for Distributing Leadership in Communities of Practice. Journal of Leadership Studies, 10(4), 17-34.

Sweeney, M., Rangwala, H., Lester, J., & Johri, A. (2016). Next-term student performance

prediction: A recommender systems approach. Journal of Educational Data Mining.

Lester, J., Struthers, B., & Yamanaka, A. (2016). Gender microaggressions and learning environments: The role of physical space in teaching pedagogy and communication. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 40(11), 909-926. 

Courses Taught

HE 722: Organizational Administration in Higher Education

HE 710: Leadership in Higher Education

HE 792: Contemporary and Critical Theories in Higher Education

In the Media

2015 Rising Stars at George Mason University. Featured in GMU Spirit Magazine.

2013 Workplace Bullying in Higher Education. Featured in Leadership in Higher Education.

2013 Workplace Bullying in Higher Education. Featured in Times Higher Education.

2012 Workplace Bullying in Higher Education. Featured in Chronicle of Higher Education.

2011 College Campuses Could Change Work-Life Culture. Featured on National Public

 Radio.

Dissertations Supervised

Alison Thimblin, A Case Study of Community Colleges That Require Academic Advising (2015)

Yolanda Gibson, Millennial Alumni Giving: Factors for Donating to Colleges and Universities (2015)

Michael Perini, The Academic Librarian as Blended Professional: Reassessing the Perception of the Position (2014)

Tanneh Kamara, Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program: Participants’ Use of Services and Its Impact on the Transfer Process (2012)

Joan Marie Giampa, Sinking Maps: A Conceptual Tool for Visual Metaphor (2012)

Dissertations Supervised Outside of CHSS

Hollie Chessman, Student Affairs Administrators & Well-being: Examining Time in Field, Position Level and Factors That Have the Strongest Relationship to Well-being (2015)

David Farris, Antecedents, Moderators, and Expressions of Organizational Citizenship Behavior in University Administrative Committees (2016)