Maresi Nerad is the founding director of the Center for Innovation and Research in Graduate Education (CIRGE) and a full Professor (tenured) for Higher Education, in the Leadership in Higher Education Program, College of Education, at the University of Washington, Seattle. A native of Germany, Dr. Nerad received her doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley; directed research in the central Graduate Division of UC Berkeley, served as Dean in Residence at the Council of Graduate Schools, D.C., and as Associate Dean of the UW central Graduate School. She was appointed as distinguished Mieguanyah Fellow by the Graduate School of the University of Melbourne, Australia, as Professor Extraordinary by the University of the Free State, South Africa, and received the Fulbright Specialist award. She was a visiting professor at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany, at Nagoya University, Japan and at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India. She has served on many national and international review committees and advisory boards, such as the International Advisory Committee for Science and Engineering of NSF (US), the National Academies Panel to evaluate the NSF/NCSES approach to measuring the US Science and Engineering Workforce, the U.S. National Research Council, the German Excellence Initiative, the Presidential Innovation Board of the University of Bremen, Germany, the Graduate Academy of the Goethe University of Frankfurt. She has undertaken evaluation research for flagship interdisciplinary doctoral programs in the U.S. NSF/IGERT), in Germany, and for the European Commission (ITN). She has written and edited 5 books and published numerous articles on doctoral education.
Nerad, M. and Evans B. (Eds.). (2014). Globalization and Its Impacts on the Quality of PhD Education Worldwide. Forces and Forms of Doctoral Education Worldwide. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers. (Received the 2015 AERA, SIG 186 Outstanding Publication Award).
Nerad, M. and Heggelund, M. (Eds.). (2008). Towards a Global PhD? Forces and Forms in Doctoral Education Worldwide. With introduction, Chapter 13, and conclusion by M. Nerad. Seattle: University of Washington Press. Reviewed in Nature Magazine by Peter Scott, Vol. 454. No 7203, full/4, on line published 23. July 2008.
Chinese Translation 2010. Shanghai: Shanghai Jiao Tong University Press.
Nerad, M. with June, R. & Miller, D. (Eds.). (1997). Graduate Education in the United States.
With an introduction by M. Nerad, The Cyclical Problems of Graduate Education: Institutional Responses in the 1990s. New York: Garland Press.
Peer Reviewed Articles
Nerad, M. (2015). Searching for Taboos in Doctoral Education: An Exploratory Journey. Die Hochschule. German Journal for Science and Education, Vol. 24, 2/2015.
Nerad, M. (2015). Professional Development for Doctoral Students: What is it? Why now? Who does it? Nagoya Journal of Higher Education, Vol.15, pp.285-318.
Rudd, E. and Nerad, M. (2014) Career Preparation in PhD programs: Results of a National Survey of Early Career Geographers. GeoJournal, on-line journal, published 8-17-2014, Springer, (publication is available at link.springer.com).
Nerad, M. (2012). Conceptual Approaches to Doctoral Education: A Community of Practice.
Alternation, 19(2), 57-72.
Blumenfield, T. and Nerad, M. (2012). International Assessment: Developing a Research Agenda for (Post)graduate Education and Collaboration. Australian Universities Review, 54(1), 72-83.
Flores, E. and Nerad M. (2012). Peers in Doctoral Education: Unrecognized Learning Partners.
New Directions for Higher Education, 157(Spring 201), 73- 83.
Nerad, M. (2011). It takes a Global Village to Educate the Next Generations of PhDs and Postdocs. Acta Academia, Special Issue, 2, 198- 216.
Nerad, M. (2011). What We Know about the Dramatic Increase in PhD Degrees
and the Reform of Doctoral Education Worldwide: Implications for South Africa.
Perspectives in Education, 29(3), 1-12.
Morrison, R. Rudd E., Nerad M. (2011). Early Career of Recent U.S. Social Science PhDs. Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Science, 4(2), 6-29.
Morrison, Emory, Elizabeth Rudd, William Zumeta, and Maresi Nerad. (2011). What Matters for Excellence in PhD Programs? Latent Constructs of Doctoral Program Quality Used By Early Career Social Scientists,” Journal of Higher Education, 82(5), 535-563.
Morrison, E., Rudd, E, Nerad, M. (2011). Onto, Up, Off the Academic Faculty Ladder: The Gendered Effects of Family on Career Transitions for a Cohort of Social Science PhDs. The Review of Higher Education, 34(4), 525-553.
Morrison, E, Rudd, E. Picciano, J, Nerad M. (2011). Are You Satisfied? PhD Education and Faculty Taste for Prestige-Limits of the Prestige Value System.” Research in Higher Education, 52(1), 24-46.
Nerad, M. (2010). Globalization and the Internationalization of Graduate Education: A Macro and Micro View. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 40(1), 1-12.
Nerad, M. (2010). Increase in PhD Production and Reform in Doctoral Education Worldwide. Higher Education Forum, 7, 69-84. Research Institute for Higher Education, Hiroshima University.
Martinez, G. T., Nerad, M., & Rudd, E. (2010). Global perspectives on advocating for change in doctoral education. Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Science, 3(1), spring.
Rudd, E, Morison E, Nerad, M, Sadrozinski, R. & Cerny, J. (2008). Equality and
Illusion: Gender and Tenure in Art History Careers. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 70(1), 228-238.
Aanerud, R., Homer L, Rudd, E., Morrison, E, Nerad M., & Cerny,J. (2007). Widening the Lens on Gender and Tenure: Looking beyond the Academic Labor Market. NWSA Journal, 19:3.
Nerad, M. (2005). From Graduate Student to World Citizen in a Global Environment,
International Higher Education, 40, 8-9.
Nerad, M. (2004). The PhD in the US: Criticisms, Facts and Remedies, Higher Education Policy,
Nerad, M and Cerny, J., (2002). Postdoctoral Appointments and Employment Patterns of Science and Engineering Doctoral Recipients Ten-plus Years after Ph.D. Completion: Selected Results from the ‘Ph.D.s – Ten Years Later Study, Communicator, 35(7), August- September , Council of Graduate Schools, Washington. D.C. (since 2000, articles in the Communicator are peer reviewed).
Nerad, M. and Cerny, J. (1999). Postdoctoral Patterns, Career Advancement, and Problems, in American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science, 285, 1533-1535.
Nerad, M. (1987). The Situation of Women Students at Berkeley, 1870-1915. Feminist Issues, 7(2), 67-80.
Nerad, M. (1987). Gender Stratification in Higher Education: The Department of Home Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, 1916-1962. Women's Studies International Forum, 10(2), 157-164. London: Pergamon Press.
Book Chapters in Edited Volumes (juried*)
*Nerad, M. (submitted 2017) Graduate Education Development in an International Context. In Pedro Nuno Teixeira and Jung-Cheol Shin (eds.) Encyclopedia of International Higher Education Systems and Institutions, New York, Berlin: Springer Science + Business Media.
*Nerad, M. (2014) Developing ‘Fit for Purpose’ Research Doctoral Graduates. Increased Standardization of Quality Measures in PhD Education Worldwide. In Nerad& Evans, Globalization and Its Impacts on the Quality of PhD Education Worldwide. Forces and Forms of Doctoral Education Worldwide Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers. (Received the 2015 AERA, SIG 186 Outstanding Publication Award).
Nerad, M. (2011). The Internationalization of Doctoral Education- A Two-Way Approach: Promoting Productive Education Experiences for PhD Students. In Kai Yu and Stith Andrea (Eds.), Competition and Cooperation among Universities in the Age of Internationalization: Proceedings of the AC21 International Forum 2010. Shanghai: Shanghai Jiao Tong University Press.
*Nerad, M. (2009). Graduate Education and its Changes in the U.S. In Daigakuin Kyoiku no Genjo Kada, Graduate Education and Its Future (pp. 291-305). Hiroshima: Research Institute for Higher Education, Hiroshima University, Japan
*Nerad, M. (2009) Confronting Common Assumptions: Designing Future-oriented Doctoral Education. In R. Ehrenberg and Ch. Kuh (Eds.), Doctoral Education and the Faculty of the Future (pp.80-89). Ithaka, NY: Cornell University Press.
*Nerad, M. (2008). Doctoral Education in the US, In M. Nerad and M. Heggelund M. (eds.) Towards a Global PhD? Forces and Forms in Doctoral Education Worldwide . Seattle: University of Washington Press.
*Wulff, D, and Nerad M. (2006). Using an Alignment Model as a Framework in the Assessment of Doctoral Programs. In P. L. Maki and N. Borkowski (Eds.), Assessing Learning at the Doctoral Level. Sterling, Virginia: Stylus.
*Aanerud, R., Homer L., Nerad, M., & Cerny, C. (2006). Using Ph.D. Career Path Analysis and Ph.D.s’ Perceptions of Their Education as a Means to Assess Doctoral Program. In P. L. Maki and N. Borkowsk, Assessing Learning at the Doctoral Level. Sterling, Virginia: Stylus.
*Nerad, M. (2004). Promovieren in den USA. (The US PhD). In Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst [DAAD], Die Internationale Hochschule, Band 3: Bielefeld, Germany.
*Nerad, M, Aanerud, R. & Cerny, J. (2004). So You Want to Be a Professor! Lessons from the PhDs—Ten Years Later Study. In D. H. Wulff, and A. Austin (Eds.), Paths to the Professoriate: Strategies for Enriching the Preparation of Future Faculty. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Nerad, M. and Cerny, J. (1998). Widening the Circle: Another Look at Graduate Women Students. In B. Schmitt, K. Hartmann, & B. Krais (Eds.), Über Grenzen. Neue Wege in Wissenschaft und Politik (Beyond Boundaries: New Paths in Science and Politics).
Festschrift for E. Mayer. Frankfurt, Germany: Campus. Expanded version in special issue of the Council of Graduate Schools Communicator, vol. XXXII, no. 6. Washington, D.C.: August 1999.
*Nerad, M. and Miller, D. (1997). The Institution Cares: Berkeley's Efforts to Support Doctoral Students in the Humanities and Social Sciences with their Dissertations. In L. Goodchild,
K. Green, E. Katz, & R. Kluever (Eds.), Dissertation Players and Process: Factors Affecting Completion. New Direction for Higher Education, 99. San Francisco: Jossey- Bass.
*Nerad, M. with Miller, D. (1996). Increasing Student Retention in Graduate and Professional Programs. In J. Haworth (Ed.), Assessment in Graduate and Professional Programs, Demand, Process, Outcomes. New Directions for Institutional Research, 92. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Nerad, M. (1996). Mentoring auf den zweiten Blick - einige provokative Thesen. In S. Metz- Göckel and A. Wetterer (Eds.), Vorausdenken, Querdenken, Nachdenken (Thinking Ahead, Thinking Against the Stream, Reflecting). Frankfurt, Germany: Campus.
*Nerad, M. and Cerny, J. (1993). From Facts to Action: Expanding the Graduate Division's Educational Role. In L. Baird, Increasing Graduate Student Retention and Degree Attainment. New Directions for Institutional Research, 80. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, and Communicator, Special Edition May 1991
Nerad (2017) Summary Evaluation CIRGE Report, Universities in the Knowledge Economy. A Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN), A multi-partner doctoral program.
Michel, B. Vögel, M, Nerad M. (2016) Evaluating International Research Experiences for Graduate Students. A report from the 2016 CGS/NSF- DFG Workshop in Washington D.C.
Nerad, M. (2015) The American-type of Central Graduate Division: Would it be a good Model for Japan? In: President of the University of Tskuba, the 3rd FD Workshop. The Innovation of the Educational System toward Globalization – International Compatibility Improvement in Education, University of Tskuba, Japan.
Nerad, M. (2014). Strukturiert aber flexible, Doktorandenausbildung in den USA (structured but flexible- doctoral education in the U.S.) In Forschung & Lehre, 8/14. Deutscher Hochschulverband, (pp. 622-623). Bonn, Germany.
Nerad, M. (2012). The Context of Tracking Researcher’s Careers. Towards a Conceptual Framework. In European Science Foundation MO Forum on European Alliance for Research Career Development, How to Track Researcher’s Careers (pp 9-11).
Rudd, E., Picciano, J., Nerad, M., Cerny, J. (2010) The Influence of Postdoctoral Training on Prestige and Time in Academic Careers: Findings from PhD’s—Ten Years Later, A National Survey of PhD Careers. Report to the Alfred Sloan Foundation.
Nerad, M. Scholz, B. Hashim, R. (2010). Forces and Forms of Change in Doctoral Education Worldwide and their Impact on South-East Asia. A Report. Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia, Penang: University of Sains Malaysia.
Nerad, M (2009). The Context for Increasing the Quantity and Assuring the Quality of Doctoral Education in South Africa: What we know about the increase in PhD production and reform of doctoral education worldwide. In Academy of Science of South Africa, South Africa PhD Study - The National Capacity for the Production of Highly Trained, Top Quality Postgraduate Students. Pretoria, South Africa.
Picciano, J., Rudd, E., Emory, M. and Nerad, M. (2008). CIRGE Spotlight #3 on Doctoral Education: Does Time-to Degree Matter? Findings from Social Science PhDs—Five+ Years Out. CIRGE: Seattle, WA. www.cirge.washington.edu
Rudd, E., Nerad, M., Emory, M., and Picciano, J.(2008). CIRGE Spotlight #2 on Doctoral Education: Professional Development for PhD student: Do they Really Need It? Findings from Social Science PhDs—Five+ Years Out. CIRGE: Seattle, WA. www.cirge.washington.edu
Rudd, E., Emory, M., Picciano, J., and Nerad, M. (2008). CIRGE Spotlight #1 on Doctoral Education: Are Women and Men Finally on Equal Footing in Social Science Careers? Findings from Social Science PhDs—Five+ Years Out. CIRGE: Seattle, WA. www.cirge.washington.edu
Morrison, E., Rudd, E., Picciano J., and Nerad, M. (2008). Sociology Report: PhD Program Quality, Early Careers, and Gender Stratification. DISCIPLINARY REPORTS, CIRGE: Seattle, WA. www.cirge.washington.edu
Sclater, K., Rudd, E. Morrison, E., Picciano J., and Nerad, M. (2008). After the Degree: Recent History PhDs Weigh in on Careers and Graduate School. DISCIPLINARY REPORTS, CIRGE: Seattle, WA. www.cirge.washington.edu
Hickerson, A., Rudd, E. Morrison, E., Picciano J., and Nerad, M. (2008). Communicating the PhD Experience: Communication PhDs Five+Years after Graduation. DISCIPLINARY REPORTS, CIRGE: Seattle, WA. www.cirge.washington.edu
Babbit, V., Rudd, E., Morrison, E., Picciano, J., and Nerad M. (2008). Careers of Geography PhDs: Findings from Social Science PhDs—Five+ Years Out. DISCIPLINARY REPORTS CIRGE: Seattle, WA. www.cirge.washington.edu
Rudd E. Morrison, E., Picciano J., and Nerad, M. (2008). Social Science PhDs—Five+ Years Out: Anthropology Report. DISCIPLINARY REPORTS CIRGE: Seattle, WA.
Nerad, M, Rudd E, Morrison, E., Picciano, J. (2007). Social Science PhDs- Five+ Year s Out. A National Survey of PhDs in Six Fields. HIGHLIGHTS REPORT, CIRGE: Seattle, WA. www.cirge.washington.edu
Sadrozinski, R., Nerad, M., & Cerny, J., (2003). Art History PhDs—A Decade Later, Results of a National Survey. CIRGE: Seattle, WA. www.cirge.washington.edu. Art History PhDs— A Decade Later: A National Career Path Study of Art Historians, report for the Getty Foundation, Los Angeles, March.
Gupta, D., Nerad, M., and Cerny, J. (1999). NSF Fellows and their Doctoral Peers in the ‘Ph.D.’s—Ten Years Later’ Study. An Analysis of Career Paths and Evaluation of Doctoral Education of NSF Pre-doctoral Fellows and their Doctoral Peers (NSF report).
Nerad, M. (1991). Doctoral Education at the University of California and Factors Affecting Time-to-Degree. In response to the California State Senate (SRC 66). Report to the Office of the President. Oakland, CA.
Nerad, M. (1990). Doctoral Education at the University of California and Issues of Time-to- Degree: Their Impact on Minorities and Women. Part I of: Factors Affecting Completion of Doctoral Degrees at the University of California. A Report prepared in Response to Senate Concurrent Resolution 66 (Hart, 1989). Oakland: University of California, Office of the President.
Articles in Higher Education Journals and Newsletters
Gupta, D., Nerad, M., and Cerny, J. (2003). The Road Home: Exploring the Choice to Stay or Return of International PhDs. International Higher Education, Spring.
Nerad, M. (2003). On the Road from Science Graduate Study to Career in Science: Postdocs within the ‘PhDs-Ten Years Later Study. Commission on Professionals in Science and Technology (CPST), online publication, January.
Nerad, M and Cerny, J. (2000). Improving Doctoral Education: Recommendations from the Ph.D.’s—Ten Years Later Study. In the Council of Graduate Schools, Communicator, XXXIII(2), 6, Washington, D.C: CGS.
Nerad, M. and Cerny, J. (1999). From Rumors to Facts: Career Outcomes of English Ph.D.'s. Results from the Ph.D.’s—Ten Years Later Study. In the Council of Graduate Schools Communicator, XXXII(7), special edition. Washington, D.C. Reprinted (2000). In ADE Bulletin, 124, 43-55. Association of Departments of English, New York: Modern Language Association.
Nerad, M, and Cerny, J. (1999). “Widening the Circle: Another Look at Women Graduate Students.” In Council of Graduate Schools Communicator, XXXII(6), 1-7. CGS: Washington, D.C.
Nerad, M, (1995). University of California, Berkeley: Beyond Traditional Modes of Mentoring.
In Council of Graduate Schools, A Conversation about Mentoring: Trends and Models. CGS: Washington. D.C.
Nerad, M. (1992). Using Time, Money, and Human Resources Effectively and Efficiently in the Case of Women Graduate Students. Paper prepared for the conference proceedings of Science and Engineering Programs: On Target for Women? Sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences/ National Research Council/ Office of Scientific and Engineering Personnel.
Nerad, M. and Stewart, C.L. (1991). Assessing Doctoral Student Experience: Gender and Departmental Culture. Higher Education Abstracts. Claremont, CA: Claremont Graduate School.