McElhaney Hall, 102D
Dr. Susan Boser has a Ph.D. in Policy Analysis and
Management from Cornell University, with a primary concentration in program
evaluation and action research. At Indiana University of Pennsylvania since
2002, she currently is a Full Professor and Assistant Chair of the Department
of Sociology. In 2008-09, she served IUP
as the Interim Associate Provost for Academic Programs and Planning. Other
prior appointments at IUP include Dean’s Associate for College of Humanities
and Social Sciences, and Dean’s Associate for School of Graduate Studies and
Research. Prior to her current academic career, Dr. Boser worked for 20 years
in the field of human service practice, as a practitioner, administrator and
program evaluator, and was active with grass-roots activism for reforming
Boser’s substantive area of scholarship involves the
structural role of local government in fostering or hindering democratic
practice and voice for marginalized groups.
In 2012, she served as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Kathmandu, Nepal
where she conducted national level research on the state of local governance
and democratic voice. Since her return,
she presented a paper on her Nepal research findings at the 3rd
Annual Kathmandu Conference on Nepal and the Himalayas. While in Nepal, she also provided
consultation to Dhulikel Hospital on developing evaluation for their
community-based health out reach programs, and conducted a national training in
qualitative research methodology for public and nonprofit practitioners.
Dr. Boser has also been active with the International
Research Society on Public Management, presenting papers related to
reconceptualizing the role of local government at their annual conferences in
Dublin Ireland, and Prague, Czech Republic, and for a select seminar on local
government research in Milan, Italy in 2013.
Other earlier work includes program evaluation, qualitative research
methodology, and academic program assessment.
Her experience at IUP in these areas includes: leadership at the
department, college and university level in assessment design and
implementation; faculty development for assessment; infrastructure development for
assessment; accreditation self-study and reporting, as well as multi-year terms
on University Senate, the IRB, and three Middle States Self-Study
Dr. Boser has over 15 years of private consulting experience in
evaluation and training, including: New York State Department of Education,
Pennsylvania Department of Education, Mississippi Institutions of Higher
Learning, University of Kuwait, University of Baltimore, Alvernia College,
along with other public and nonprofit organizations. She has a number of publications
in peer-reviewed, scholarly journals focusing on evaluation and research
methodology for social and/or organizational change and development.
In addition, over the past 15 years she’s made numerous presentations
at national and international conferences on topics related to research or
evaluation, including an invited Expert Lecture on Outcomes Assessment in the Higher Education Context at the American
Evaluation Association (AEA) national conference. Dr. Boser has also held leadership roles in the American
Evaluation Association, including 2 years of service as Chair of the Organization Learning and Evaluation
Capacity Building interest group, an 800-member group.
Social Policy, Action Research, Qualitative Research, Research Ethics, Mixed Methodology, Program Evaluation, Democracy and Social Change, Higher Education
Dr. Susan Boser – Curriculum Vitae
Goss, R. (2006). pOLITICALLY qUEER: A qualitative exploration of queer identities and political
activism. Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Department of Sociology.
Rosen, N. (2006). Kenyan women’s attitudes toward efforts to
eradicate female genital cutting. Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Department of Sociology.
Stagmer, M. (2006). Voluntary seminary drop-out: A
qualitative analysis. Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Department of Sociology.
Bowser, D. (2005).The Erosion of Social Control: An
In-Depth Analysis of Habitual Marijuana Use in America. Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Department of Sociology.
Fitzpatrick, C. (2003). The connects and disconnects of
theory and program evaluation practice. Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Department of Sociology.
Bylaska, P. (2015). The impact of financial issues on
the departure of first-year, first-time-in-college, full-time students from a
public, four-year university: An institutional case study.
DiMatteo, M. (2014) Assessment of the efficacy of
strengths-based mobile therapy
Diehl, A. (2013) Making
meaning of adversity: Experiences of women leaders in higher education
Dowdy, J. (2011) Perceptions
of identity and leadership among African-American female administrators within
public higher education
Williams, A. (2011) Organizational changes in community behavioral health organizations
subsequent to the implementation of Medicaid managed care.
Welliver, D. (2011) The quest for white, privilege-cognizant,
anti-racist character: An autoethnographic inquiry
Rapano, J. (2009) Initiating and evaluating a participatory
action research project to generate strategies to address burnout among human
service workers Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Department of Sociology.
Feroz, B. (2009) An
action research approach with Early Head Start families and community
stakeholders. Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Department of Sociology.
Marshall, D. (2005). A qualitative approach to
understanding African American students’ perspectives on retention programs at
a historically black college and university and a predominantly white
institution. Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Department of Sociology.
Scotland, E. (2005). Civil society leadership in the
Commonwealth of Dominica: A qualitative case study of leadership
characteristics in a changing social context. Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Department of Sociology.