Email
pasomers@mail.utexas.edu

Office & Hours

Office: SZB 374
Office hours vary by semester. By appointment any time, at a mutually convenient time.

Phone
512-471-7551

Fax
512-471-5975

Courses of Instruction
Comparative Higher Education (WGS, LAS, EDA)
Seminar in Higher Education
Gender and Adult Development (WGS, EDA)
Qualitative Research
Governance in Higher Education

Mailing Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Educational Administration
1912 Speedway D5400
Austin, TX 78712-1604
UT Mail Code: D5400

Profile

Associate Professor, Higher Education and (by courtesy) Women’s and Gender Studies and Long Lozano Institute for Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Education: B.A. in Spanish with Honors, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. M.A. in Portuguese, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Ph.D. in Educational Administration (Higher Education Specialization), University of New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Selected publications

Morosini, M., & Somers, P., (Eds.). (2012). Sonhos do educação no M-BRICS. Porto Alegre, Brazil: EdiPUCRS.

Cofer, J., & Somers, P. (2012). China’s tertiary education system: Tradition and change. In Morosini, M., & Somers, P., (Eds.). O sonho do educação no M-BRICS. Porto Alegre, Brazil: EdiPUCRS.

Cofer, J., Pritchett, K., Heitzman, A., & Somers, P. (2012). Russia: Educational challenges to the new federation. In Morosini, M., & Somers, P., (Eds.). O sono do educação no M-BRICS. Porto Alegre, Brazil: EdiPUCRS.

Romo, E., Cofer, J., Cortez, L., & Somers, P. (2012). In Morosini, M., & Somers, P., (Eds.). O sono do educação no M-BRICS. Porto Alegre, Brazil: EdiPUCRS.

Pan, M., Ferrarini, N., Somers, P., & Machado, J. (2012). Inclusive policies in higher education: Challenges to Brazilian Psychology. International Journal of Psychology, 47, 323.

Somers, P., & Settle, J. The Helicopter Parent, Part Two: Takeoffs and Landings. College and University.

Somers, P., & Settle, J. The Helicopter Parent, Part One: Research Toward a Typology. College and University.

Gururaj, S., Vasquez Heilig, J., & Somers, P. Graduate student persistence: Evidence from three decades. Journal of Student Financial Aid.

Stokes, T., & Somers, P. Who enrolls in two-year colleges? A national study. Journal of Student Financial Aid.

Somers, P., & Jones, C. (2009). Affirmative action in higher education: What Brazilian academics can learn from the American experience. Revista Educação do Pontifica Universidade do Rio Grande do Sul, 32(3), 246-251.

Biddix, J. P., Somers, P. A., Polman, J. L. (2009). Protest reconsidered: Activism's role as civic engagement educator. Innovative Higher Education, 34(3), 133-147.

Somers, P. (2008). Gênero e Outras Variáveis que Influenciam Procrastinação Acadêmica (Gender and Other Variables that Influence Academic Procrastination). Revista Educação do Pontifica Universidade do Rio Grande do Sul, 31(1), 54-60.

Somers, P. 2008. Review of International Reform Efforts and Challenges in Community Colleges. Review of Higher Education.

Somers, P., Bauer, J., Haines, K., Keene, B., Pfeiffer, M., McCluskey, J., Settle, J., & Sparks, B. (2006). Towards a theory of choice for community college students. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 30, 53-67.

Somers, P., Woodhouse, S., & Cofer, J. (2004). Pushing the boulder up the hill: The persistence of first-generation college students. Journal, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, 41(2), 419-435.  

Cofer, J., & Somers, P. (2003). Deeper in debt: A multi-year analysis of the effect of price, subsidy, and debt on the persistence of two-year and four-year college students. Journal of Student Financial Aid, 19-34.

Somers, P., Cofer, J., & Vander Putten, J. (2001). The early bird goes to college: The link between early college aspirations and postsecondary matriculation. Journal of College Student Development, 43(1), 93-97.

Cofer, J., & Somers, P. (2001). Performance funding: Promise or curse? Journal of Student Financial Aid, 31(2), 19-34.

Cofer, J., & Somers, P. (2001). What influences student persistence at two-year colleges? A multi-year comparison. Community College Review, 29(3), 56-76.

Cofer, J., & Somers, P. (2000). A comparison of the influence of debtload on the persistence of students at public and private colleges. Journal of Student Financial Aid, 30(2), 39-58.

Somers, P., Hollis, J., & Stokes, T. (2000). The federal government as First Creditor on student loans: Politics and policy. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 29-41.

Cofer, J., & Somers, P. (2000). Within-year persistence of students at two-year colleges. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 24(10), 785-807.

Cofer, J., & Somers, P. (1999). An analytical approach to understanding student debtload response. Journal of Student Financial Aid, 29(3), 25-44.

Somers, P., & St. John, E.P. (1997). Interpreting price response in enrollment decisions: A comparative institutional study. Journal of Student Financial Aid, 27, 127-138.

Somers, P. (1996). The freshman year: How financial aid influences enrollment and persistence at a regional comprehensive university. College Student Affairs Journal, 27-38.

Somers, P. (1996). The influence of price on year-to-year persistence of college students. NASPA Journal, 94-104.

Somers, P. First-to-second semester persistence: A case study. (1995). Journal of Freshman Year Experience, 43-62.

Somers, P. (1995). A comprehensive model for examining the impact of student financial aid on enrollment and persistence. Journal of Student Financial Aid, 25, 13-27.

Somers, P. (1994). The effect of price on within-year persistence. Journal of Student Financial Aid, 24, 31-45.

Somers, P. (1994). Analysis of the impact of student financial aid on first-time enrollment: A case study. Journal of Freshman Year Experience, 101-117.

Somers, P., & St. John, E.P. (1993). Assessing the impact of financial aid on enrollment decisions. Journal of Student Financial Aid, 23, 7-12.

Somers, P. (1993). Are ‘mondo’ scholarships effective? Journal of Student Financial Aid, 23, 37-38.

Somers, P. (1993). Using student financial aid to influence enrollment and persistence in urban institutions. Metropolitan University, 53-60.

Adelman, A., Somers, P., & Ware, D. (1993). Toward an academic common market of the Americas. International Journal of Innovative Higher Education, 31-37.

Ware, D., Somers, P., & Speakes, S. (1993). Immigration law and higher education: employment of international employees. Journal of College and University Law, 51-67.

Adelman, A., & Somers, P. (1992). Exploring an academic common market for North America. Educational Record, 33-38.

Research Awards: American College Personnel Association – Commission on Women Research Award. Emerging Scholar Award, American Association of University Women. Faculty Excellence Award in Research, College of Education, University of Arkansas at Little Rock. National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Melvene Hardee Dissertation of the Year award. Fulbright Hayes Grantee, Fulbright New Century Scholar.

Education

Ph.D., Educational Administration (Higher Education concentration)  University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA.

Recent Awards

  • Award from PUCRS and INEP for preparing Higher Education researchers in Brazil.

Current Research Projects and Grants

Access and persistence in Brazilian higher education. Affirmative action and admissions - U.S. and Brazil. College student persistence in the U.S.

Boards, Committees and Associations

  • Vice President, Texas Conference of AAUP.
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Community College Research and Practice.