Christopher  Morphew

Christopher Morphew

Executive Associate Dean for Research & Innovation
N459E Lindquist Center
Educational Policy and Leadership Studies
Iowa City, IA 52242
christopher-morphew@uiowa.edu
319-335-5366 (phone)
319-384-0587 (fax)

Academic History

  • Ph.D. in Social Sciences in Education, Stanford University, 1996
  • M.A. in Sociology, Stanford University, 1995
  • Ed.M. in Education, Harvard University, 1991
  • B.A. in Philosophy/Government, University of Notre Dame, 1990

Expertise

  • Higher Education

Research Interests

  • Higher Education Policy, Higher Education Policy

Teaching Interests

  • Higher Education

Professional Experience

  • Professor, Department of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies, The University of Iowa
  • Department Chair, Department of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies, The University of Iowa
  • Co-Director, Franklin Fellows Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship Program, University of Georgia
  • Graduate Program Coordinator, Institute of Higher Education, University of Georgia
  • Associate Professor, Institute of Higher Education, University of Georgia
  • Faculty for Executive Doctorate, Higher Education Management Program, University of Pennsylvania
  • Senior Administrative Fellow, University of Kansas
  • Associate Professor of Teaching and Leadership, Higher Education Administration Program, University of Kansas
  • Assistant Professor of Teaching and Leadership, Higher Education Administration Program, University of Kansas
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Professional Studies in Education, Higher Education Program, Iowa State University
  • Program Coordinator, Office of the President, Iowa State University

Professional Activities and Membership

  • American Educational Research Association, Division J--Postsecondary Education
  • Association for the Study of Higher Education
  • European Association for Institutional Research

Awards and Professional Recognition

  • Elected to Executive Board
  • Ford Foundation Policy Fellow
  • Nominee, Early Career/Promising Scholar Award
  • Participant
  • Associate, 2001-2002
  • Invited Fellow, Universities Project on The Social and Civic Responsibilities of Universities, Salzburg, Austria
  • Nominee, Early Career/Promising Scholar Award
  • Fellow, Higher Education Finance Roundtable
  • Nominee, Early Career/Promising Scholar Award
  • Fellowship, 1998 Summer Database Institute
  • Doctoral Fellowship

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

  • Saichaie, K., & Morphew, C. (In press). What college and university websites reveal about the purposes of higher education. Journal of Higher Education.
  • Taylor, B. J., & Morphew, C. (In press). Trends in Cost-sharing in the US and Potential International Implications. Higher Education Policy.
  • Morphew, C., & Taylor, C. C. (2013). What sticker price doesn’t mean: Non-profit higher education, expenditures, and general subsidies. Teachers College Record.
  • Morphew, C., & Taylor, B. J. (2011). Scholars as leaders? A review of socrates in the boardroom. [Review of the book Socrates in the Boardroom]. Higher Education, 61, 617–619.
  • Taylor, B. J., & Morphew, C. (2010). An analysis of baccalaureate college mission statements. Research in Higher Education, 51(5), 483-503.
  • Morphew, C. (2009). Conceptualizing change in the institutional diversity of U.S. colleges and universities. Journal of Higher Education, 80(3), 243-269.
  • Hartley, J. M., & Morphew, C. (2008). What's being sold and to what end? A content analysis of college viewbooks. Journal of Higher Education 79(6), 671-691.
  • Morphew, C. (2007). Review of the book The True Genius of America at Risk. [Review of the book The True Genius of America at Risk]. The Review of Higher Education, 30, 211-212.
  • Morphew, C. (2007). Fixed tuition pricing: a solution that may be worse than the problem. Change, January/February, 34-39.
  • Morphew, C., & Baker, B. (2007). On the Utility of National Datasets and Resource Cost Models for Estimating Faculty Instructional Costs in Higher Education. Journal of Education Finance, 33(1), 20–48.
  • Morphew, C., & Hartley, M. (2006). Mission statements: a thematic analysis of rhetoric across institutional type. Journal of Higher Education, 77(3), 456-471.
  • Wolf-Wendel, L. E., Twombly, S. B., Morphew, C., & Sopcich, J. (2004). From the Barrio to the Bucolic: The Student Transfer Experience from HSI to Smith College. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 28, 1-19.
  • Morphew, C., & Baker, B. D. (2004). The cost of prestige: Do new Research 1 Universities incur increased administrative costs. The Review of Higher Education, 27(3), 365-384.
  • Morphew, C., Wolf-Wendel, L. E., & Toma, J. D. (2003). A rejoinder to "There's no 'I' in team.". The Review of Higher Education, 26(4), 497-501.
  • Morphew, C., & Huisman, J. A. (2002). Using institutional theory to reframe research on academic drift. Higher Education in Europe, XXVII(4), 491-505.
  • Morphew, C. (2002). Review of Market Values in American Higher Education. The Pitfalls and Promises. [Review of the book Market Values in American Higher Education. The Pitfalls and Promises]. Journal of Higher Education, 73, 300-302.
  • Morphew, C. (2002). A rose by any other name: which colleges became universities. The Review of Higher Education, 25(2), 207-224.
  • Morphew, C., Twombly, S., & Wolf-Wendel, L. E. (2001). Innovative linkages: two urban community colleges and an elite private liberal arts college. Community College Review, 29(3), 1-21.
  • Wolf-Wendel, L. E., Toma, J. D., & Morphew, C. (2001). There's no "I" in team: Lessons from athletics on community building. The Review of Higher Education, 24(4), 369-396.
  • Morphew, C. (2000). The realities of strategic planning: program termination at East Central University. The Review of Higher Education, 23(3), 257-280.
  • Morphew, C. (2000). Review of the book The Political University: Policy, Politics, and Presidential Leadership in the American Research University. [Review of the book The Political University: Policy, Politics, and Presidential Leadership in the American Research University]. Journal of Higher Education, 71, 112-114.
  • Morphew, C. (2000). Institutional diversity, program acquisition and faculty members: examining academic drift at a new level. Higher Education Policy, 3, 55-77.
  • Wolf-Wendel, L. E., Baker, B. D., & Morphew, C. (2000). Dollars and $ense: Institutional resources and the baccalaureate origins of women doctorates. Journal of Higher Education, 71(2), 165-186.
  • Morphew, C. (1998). Review of the book How Organizations Learn. [Review of the book How Organizations Learn]. Management Learning, 31, 131-133.
  • Huisman, J., & Morphew, C. (1998). Centralization and diversity: Evaluating the effects of government policies in US and Dutch higher education. Higher Education Policy, 11(1), 3-13.
  • Morphew, C., & Wolf-Wendel, L. E. (1998). Review of the book Social Sciences in Actual Practice. [Review of the book Social Sciences in Actual Practice]. Management Learning, 30, 502-503.
  • Morphew, C., & Williams, A. N. (1998). Using electronic mail to assess undergraduates' experiences. The Journal of Computing in Higher Education, 10(1), 38-55.
  • LeTendre, G. K., & Morphew, C. (1996). Review of the book Organizations and Environments. [Review of the book Organizations and Environments]. Management Learning, 27, 495-497.

Books and Book Chapters

  • Weerts, D. J., Freed, G., & Morphew, C. (2014). Organizational Identity in higher education: conceptual and empirical perspectives. In Paulsen, M. B. (Ed.) Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Practice Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.
  • Taylor, B. J., & Morphew, C. (2013). Institutional contributions to financing students: trends in general subsidies, 1987-2007. In Heller, D. E., & Callender, (Eds.), Student Financing of Higher Education: A Comparative Perspective New York: Routledge Press.
  • Morphew, C., & Swanson, C. (2011). On the efficacy of pursuing University rankings. In Shin, J. C., Toutkoushian, R. K., & Marginson, (Eds.), University Rankings: Theoretical Basis, Methodology and Impacts on Global Higher Education Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Morphew, C., & Taylor, B. J. (2010). Markets in the U.S. higher education system: Imperfect competition for undergraduates. In Brown, R. (Ed.) Higher Education and the Market (pp. 53-62). New York: Routledge Press.
  • Morphew, C., & Eckel, P. (Eds.), (2009). Privatization of the Public University: Perspectives from across the academy. Baltimore. The Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Morphew, C., & Eckel, P. D. (2009). Assessing privatization objectively and from diverse perspectives. In Morphew, C. C., & Eckel, P. (Eds.), Diverse Perspectives on The Privatization of the Public Research University Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Eckel, P. D., & Morphew, C. (2009). The organizational dynamics of privatization in the public research university: when privatization hits the (garbage) can. In Morphew, C. C., & Eckel, P. (Eds.), Diverse Perspectives on The Privatization of the Public Research University. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Eckel, P. D., & Morphew, C. (2009). Toward a clearer understanding of privatization. In Morphew, C. C., & Eckel, P. (Eds.), Diverse Perspectives on The Privatization of the Public Research University Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Tight, M., Morphew, C., Huisman, J., & Mok, K. (Eds.), (2009). Routledge International Handbook of Higher Education. London, U.K. Routledge.
  • Wolf-Wendel, L. E., Toma, J. D., & Morphew, C. (2000). Winning through diversity: lessons from intercollegiate athletics in creating community from difference. In National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (Ed.) Diversity on Campus Washington, DC: NASPA.
  • Morphew, C., & Jenniskens, C. G. (1999). Assessing institutional change at the level of the faculty: examining faculty motivators and new degree programmes. In Jongbloed, B., Maassen, P., & Neave, (Eds.), From the Eye of the Storm: Higher Education's Changing Institution Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
  • Morphew, C. (1999). Challenges facing shared governance within the college. In Toma, J. D., & Kezar, (Eds.), Reconceptualizing the Collegiate Ideal New Directions for Higher Education, 105, 71-81. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Cohen, E. G., Lotan, R. A., & Morphew, C. (1998). Beyond the workshop: evidence from complex instruction. In Davidson, N., & Brody, (Eds.), Professional Development and Cooperative Learning: Issues and Approaches Buffalo, NY: SUNY Press.
  • Cohen, E. G., Bianchini, J. A., Cossey, R., Holthuis, N. C., Morphew, C., & Whitcomb, J. A. (1997). What did students learn?: 1982-1994. In Cohen, E. G., & Lotan, R. (Eds.), Working for Equity in Heterogeneous Classrooms New York: Teachers College Press.
  • Lotan, R. A., Cohen, E. G., & Morphew, C. (1997). Principals, colleagues and staff developers: the case for organizational support. In Cohen, E. G., & Lotan, R. (Eds.), Working for Equity in Heterogeneous Classrooms New York: Teachers College Press.

Conference Proceedings

  • Saichaie, K., Hevel, M. S., & Morphew, C.Proceedings from A Content Analysis of 40 Years of College Viewbooks..

Other Work

  • Morphew, C. (2012). Foolish to cut academics to cover deficit in athletics. Des Moines Register.
  • Morphew, C. (2006). State borders are not barriers to the migration of college students. The Chronicle of Higher Education, vol. 5244, p B24-B25.
  • Morphew, C. (2005). Student Migration: Relief Valve for State Enrollment and Demographic Pressures. Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.
  • Morphew, C., & Holdsworth, J. M. (2005). Measuring Up 2004: A National Report Card. A MHEC Perspective. Report issued by the Midwest Higher Education Compact, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Morphew, C. (2003). Surviving and succeeding in the academy: the importance (and challenge) of mentoring. Invited essay for Association for the Study of Higher Education Newsletter.
  • Morphew, C. (2002). Guthrie, J. W. (Ed.) Research universities. MacMillan Reference.
  • Morphew, C. (2002). Forest, J. F., & Kinser, (Eds.), Institutional diversity. ABC-CLIO.
  • Morphew, C. (1996). Statewide Governing Boards and Program Duplication: A Longitudinal System of Seven Public Systems of Higher Education. Stanford University.

Selected Presentations

  • Morphew, C. (2011, April). Financial stratification among higher education institutions among higher education institutions between 1987 and 2007: implications for access and equity. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Selected Contracts and Grants

  • Morphew, Christopher (Principal Investigator), "April 1, 2010 – June 30, 2011. Measuring Change in Civic Engagement Activities and Civic Awareness Among Undergraduates. Iowa Measurement Research Foundation. $20,829.," Sponsored by Iowa Measurement Research Foundation, The University of Iowa, $20829.00. (April, 2010–June, 2011).
  • Morphew, Christopher (Principal Investigator), "Evaluation of the National Science Foundation Partnership for Innovation Program. Kauffman Foundation. Co-PI (with M. Feldman and J. Bercovitz).," Sponsored by Kauffman Foundation, $145000.00. (February, 2008–January, 2009).
  • Morphew, Christopher (Principal Investigator), "Assessing the efficacy of student migration via the Western Undergraduate Exchange. Principal investigator.," Sponsored by Lumina Foundation for Education, $53200.00. (February, 2006–October, 2007).
  • Morphew, Christopher (Principal Investigator), "State of the Art Conference Grant: The privatization of the public research university. Principal investigator.," Sponsored by Provost's Office, University of Georgia, The University of Iowa, $13900.00. (January, 2006–September, 2006).
  • Morphew, Christopher (Principal Investigator), "Shifting postsecondary enrollments and student migration patterns: breaking down borders via interstate student exchange. Principal Investigator.," Sponsored by Lumina Foundation for Education, $40206.00. (May, 2004–September, 2005).
  • Morphew, Christopher (Principal Investigator), "Does restructuring really matter? Principal investigator.," Sponsored by University of Kansas, The University of Iowa, $4100.00. (July, 2002–June, 2003).
  • Morphew, Christopher (Principal Investigator), "Estimating instructional costs for academic programs: a resource cost model approach. Co-PI (with Bruce D. Baker).," Sponsored by National Center for Education Statistics/Association for Institutional Research, Federal Government, $28108.00. (June, 2002–May, 2003).
  • Morphew, Christopher (Principal Investigator), "An experiment in funding higher education: the North Dakota University System. Principal investigator.," Sponsored by University of Kansas, The University of Iowa, $5000.00. (July, 2001–June, 2002).
  • Morphew, Christopher (Principal Investigator), "A rose by any other name? Colleges that became universities. Principal investigator.," Sponsored by University of Kansas, The University of Iowa, $9000.00. (July, 2000–June, 2001).
  • Morphew, Christopher (Principal Investigator), "Ms. Washington goes to Smith: innovative transfer agreements between community colleges and the liberal arts elite. Co-PI (with L.E. Wolf-Wendel and S.B. Twombly).," Sponsored by University of Kansas, The University of Iowa, $12000.00. (July, 1999–June, 2000).
  • Morphew, Christopher (Principal Investigator), "Lessons from intercollegiate athletics in creating community from difference. Co-PI (with L.E. Wolf-Wendel and J.D. Toma).," Sponsored by Ford Foundation/National Association of Student Personnel Administrators., $8000.00. (August, 1998–May, 1999).
  • Morphew, Christopher (Principal Investigator), "Organizational diversity within the doctorate sector: comparing rising and traditional universities. Principal investigator.," Sponsored by University of Kansas, The University of Iowa, $5000.00. (August, 1997–May, 1998).
  • Morphew, Christopher (Principal Investigator), "A case study of program termination. Principal investigator.," Sponsored by Iowa State University, The University of Iowa, $1000.00. (August, 1996–May, 1997).