Janet Lawrence received her PhD from the University of Michigan. She has held joint appointments with the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching and the Institute of Gerontology, and served as associate dean of the School of Education and director of the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education.
Lawrence's program of research centers on faculty, teaching, and learning. Her primary focus is on university- and college-level instruction. In the 1970s, she worked on National Project III, a FIPSE sponsored project that focused on the elevation of the importance of teaching among college and university faculty. Since 1980, her research has been directed at better understanding faculty career patterns and the processes by which professors are motivated to do research and teach. Over the last ten years, Lawrence has engaged in the design and implementation of professional development programs for university administrators from Central Asia and China. With funding from the Department of State, she created a professional development program for administrators from Kyrgyz Universities, established a higher education resource office at the International University of Kyrgyzstan, and completed a study of the perceptions of administrators, professors, and students on the democratization of higher education in their country. In 2000, Lawrence designed an executive education program for higher educators from China that is ongoing and to date has included more than 100 university administrators.
Lawrence, J., Ott, M. (2013). “Faculty Perceptions of Organizational Politics.” Review of Higher Education, 36 (3), p. 145.
Lawrence, J. (2009). “Faculty perceptions of intercollegiate athletics.” New Directions for Institutional Research 2009 (144), p. 103-112.
Blackburn, R., Lawrence, J. Bieber, J., & Trautvetter, L. (1991). “Faculty at work: Focus on teaching.” Research in Higher Education, 33 (4), p. 363-383.
Blackburn, R., Lawrence, J. Bieber, J., & Trautvetter, L. (1991). “Faculty at work: Focus on research, scholarship, and service.” Research in Higher Education, 33 (4), p. 385-413.
Lawrence, J. & Blackburn, R. (1988). “Age as a predictor of faculty productivity.” Journal of Higher Education, 59 (1).