Kenneth A. Feldman


Ph.D. 1965, University of Michigan

Areas of Interest

Social Psychology; Socialization and Social Control; Development, Maintenance, and Transformation of Identity; Social Psychology of Higher Education; Sociology of Education; Sociology of Youth


Kenneth A. Feldman received his doctorate in social psychology from the University of Michigan in 1965. He has been at Stony Brook since 1968. He was an associate editor of Sociology of Education (1970-1973; 1977-1980) and a consulting editor for American Educational Research Journal (1976-1978). He was a consulting editor for Journal of Higher Education (from 1974 to 1994) was consulting editor for Research in Higher Education from 1982 to 2011. In 1994 he joined the editorial board of Journal of Higher Education, and was elected the Chair of this Board for 1997. In addition to being a member of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) since its inception, Dr. Feldman is a member of the American Sociological Association (ASA) and the American Educational Research Association (AERA) as well as a fellow in the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Psychological Sciences (APS). He was a council member of the Sociology of Education Section of ASA (1972-1974), member of the Advisory Board of College Student Personnel Abstracts (1972-1984), program co-chair (symposia) of the 1991 ASHE meeting, and program vice-chair (Faculty, Teaching and Curriculum) of the 1996 AERA meeting. He is the recipient of the 1994 Wilbert J. McKeachie Career Achievement Award of the Special Interest Group in Faculty Teaching, Evaluation, and Development (SIGTFED) of AERA; a 1994-95 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching (SUNY); the 1995 AERA Distinguished Research Award for the Postsecondary Education Division (Division J); the 1996 ASHE Research Achievement Award; and the 2009 Howard R. Bowen Distinguished Career Award of ASHE.

Courses taught


  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology of the Life Course
  • Sociology of Identity
  • Sociology of Youth
  • Sociology of Education


  • The Three Faces of Social Psychology
  • Socialization and the Self
  • Sociology of Education
  • The Social Psychology of Higher Education
  • Dissertation Seminar

Selected Publications (Grouped into Four Topical Domains)

A. The Impact of College on Students

Feldman, K. A., and Newcomb, T. M. The Impact of College on Students. Vol. 1. An Analysis of Four Decades of Research. Vol. 2. Summary Tables. San Francisco: Jossey Bass, 1969. 474pp.; 171 pp. Re issued by Transaction Publishers in their "Foundations of Higher Education" Series, with a new introduction by K. A. Feldman, 1994.

Feldman, K. A. Studying the Impacts of Colleges on Students. Sociology of Education, 1969, 42, 3 (Summer), pp. 207-237.

Feldman, K. A. Some Methods for Assessing College Impacts. Sociology of Education, 1971, 44, 2 (Spring), pp. 133-150.

Feldman, K. A. Some Theoretical Approaches to the Study of Change and Stability of College Students. Review of Educational Research 1972, 42, 1 (Winter), pp. 1-26.

Feldman, K. A. (Ed.). College and Student: Selected Readings in the Social Psychology of Higher Education. Elmsford, N.Y. Pergamon Press, 1972. 492pp.

Kaufman, P. and Feldman, K. A. Forming Identities in College: A Sociological Approach. Research in Higher Education, 2004, 45, 5 (August), pp. 463-496.

B. The Significance of Academic Disciplines for College Faculty and Students

Feldman, K. A., and Weiler, J. Changes in Initial Differences among Major Field Groups: An Exploration of the "Accentuation Effect." In W. H. Sewell, R. M. Hauser, and D. L. Featherman (Eds.), Schooling and Achievement in American Society. New York: Academic Press, 1976, pp. 373-407.

Smart, J. C., and Feldman, K. A. "Accentuation Effects" of Dissimilar Academic Departments: An Application and Exploration of Holland's Theory. Research in Higher Education, 1998, 39, 4 (August), pp. 385-418.

Feldman, K. A., Smart, J. C., and Ethington, C. A. Major Field and Person Environment Fit: Using Holland's Theory to Study Change and Stability of College Students. Journal of Higher Education, 1999, 70, 6 (November/December), pp. 642-669.

Smart, J. C., Feldman, K. A., and Ethington, C. A. Academic Disciplines: Holland's Theory and the Study of College Students and Faculty. Nashville, Tenn.: Vanderbilt University Press, 2000. 277pp.

Feldman, K. A., Ethington, C. A., and Smart, J. C. A Further Investigation of Major Field and Person Environment Fit: Sociological Versus Psychological Interpretations of Holland's Theory. Journal of Higher Education, 2001, 72, 6 (November/December), pp. 670-698.

Feldman, K. A., Smart, J. C., and Ethington, C. A. What Do College Students Have to Lose? Exploring the Outcomes of Differences in Person-Environment Fits. Journal of Higher Education, 2004, 75, 5 (September/October), pp. 528-555.

Feldman, K. A., Smart, J.C., and Ethington C. A. Using Holland's Theory to Study Patterns of College Student Success: The Impact of Major Fields on Students. In J.C. Smart (Editor), Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research 23. New York: Springer, 2008, pp: 329-80.

C. Evaluation of College Teachers by Their Students

Feldman, K. A. Grades and College Students' Evaluations of Their Courses and Teachers. Research in Higher Education, 1976, 4, 1 (March), pp. 69-111.

Feldman, K. A. Consistency and Variability among College Students in Rating Their Teachers: A Review and Analysis. Research in Higher Education, 1977, 6, 3 (May), pp. 223-274.

Feldman, K. A. Seniority and Experience of College Teachers as Related to Evaluations They Receive from Students. Research in Higher Education, 1983, 18, 1 (March), pp. 3-124.

Feldman, K. A. Class Size and College Students' Evaluations of Teachers and Courses: A Closer Look. Research in Higher Education, 1984, 21, 1 (September), pp. 45-116.

Feldman, K. A. College Students' Views of Male and Female College Teachers. Part II Evidence from Students' Evaluations of Their Classroom Teachers. Research in Higher Education, 1993, 34, 2 (April), pp. 151-211.

Feldman, K. A. Reflections on the Study of Effective College Teaching and Student Ratings: One Continuing Quest and Two Unresolved Issues. In J. C. Smart (Ed.), Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research, Vol. 13. New York: Agathon Press, 1998, pp. 35-74.

D. Teaching and Learning in the College Classroom

Feldman, K. A. Research Productivity and Scholarly Accomplishment of College Teachers as Related to Their Instructional Effectiveness: A Review and Exploration. Research in Higher Education, 1987, 26, 3 (May), pp. 227-298.

Feldman, K. A. The Association between Student Ratings of Specific Instructional Dimensions and Student Achievement Refining and Extending the Synthesis of Data from Multisection Validity Studies. Research in Higher Education, 1989, 30, 6 (December), pp. 583-645.

Feldman, K. A., and Paulsen, M. B. (Eds.). Teaching and Learning in the College Classroom (ASHE Reader Series). Needham Heights, Mass.: Ginn Press, 1994, 704pp; second edition published by Simon and Schuster Custom Publishing, 1998, 724pp.

Paulsen, M. B., and Feldman, K. A. Taking Teaching Seriously: Meeting the Challenge of Instructional Improvement, ASHE ERIC Higher Education Report No 2. Washington, D.C.: The George Washington University, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, 1995. 187pp.

Paulsen, M. B., and Feldman, K. A. Toward a Reconceptualization of Scholarship: A Human Action Systemwith Functional Imperatives. Journal of Higher Education, 1995, 66, 6 (November/December), pp. 615-640.

Feldman, K. A. Identifying Exemplary Teachers and Teaching: Evidence from Student Ratings. In R. P. Perry and J. C. Smart (Eds.), Higher Education: An Evidence-Based Perspective. New York: Springer, 2007, pp. 93-129.

Feldman, K. A., and Paulsen, M. B. Faculty Motivation: The Role of a Supportive Teaching Culture. In M. Theall (Ed.), Motivation from Within: Approaches for Encouraging Faculty and Students to Excel, New Directions for Teaching and Learning, no 78. San Francisco: Jossey Bass, 1999, pp. 71-78.

Paulsen, M. B., and Feldman, K. A. The Scholarship of Teaching as an Action System. Journal of Higher Education, 2003, 14, 2 & 3, pp. 45-68.

Paulsen, M. B., and Feldman, K. A. The Conditional and Interactional Effects of Epistemological Beliefs on the Self-Regulated Learning of College Students: Motivational Strategies. Research in Higher Education, 2005, 46, 7 (November), pp. 731-768.

Paulsen, M. B., and Feldman, K. A. The Conditional and Interactional Effects of Epistemological Beliefs on the Self-Regulated Learning of College Students: Cognitive and Behavioral Strategies. Research in Higher Education, 2007, 48, 3(May), pp. 353-401

News & Events

  April 2015  
  Sociology Brown Bag series presents Professor Ian Roxborough, Wednesday, April 22, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Human Aspects of Military Operations: Intra-Organizational Debate and Spontaneous Sociology."
IHSS will present Miriam L. Kingsberg, University of Colorado; ACLS Ryskamp Visiting Scholar, Columbia University, April 15, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, “Fieldwork, Ethnology, and Empire: the Making of Japan's ‘Transwar Generation’ of Social Scientists” - Co-sponsored by the History Department
Sociology Brown Bag series presents Associate Professor Timothy P. Moran and Ph.D. student Sofia Boutillier, Wednesday, April 8, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Saying Happiness While Doing Inequality:  Wealth, Neoliberalism, and the New York Times."
  March 2015  
  Philip Kasinitz, Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of CUNY, March 25, 2015, 1:00 PM, SBS N403, "Immigration, Diversity and Citizenship:  The Changing Terrain of Racial Justice."
Nancy Foner, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of CUNY, March 12, 2015, 4:00 PM, SBS N403, "Immigration and the Remaking of New York."
IHSS will present Shobana Shankar, Stony Brook Department of History, March 11, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM, SBS N320, “Curbing Religious Freedoms for State Security: The Old Cities of Northern Nigeria in the Era."
of Decolonization” - Co-sponsored by the Africana Studies Department
  February 2015  
  Sociology Brown Bag series presents Ph.D. student Carolyn Coburn, Wednesday, February 18, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Water, Sanitation, and Female Secondary School Enrollment:  A Cross-National Analysis of Sub-Saharan African Nations."  
  IHSS will present Paul Gootenberg, Stony Brook Department of History & Sociology, February 18, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM, SBS N320, “From Teonanácatl to Miami Vice: Latin America’s Contribution to World Drug Culture” - Co-sponsored by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center  
  Sociology Brown Bag series presents Assistant Professor Kristen Shorette, Wednesday, February 4, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Global Institutions and the Persistence of Cross-National Health Disparities across the Global South."  
  December 2014  
  Florencia Arancibia has been awarded a two-year post-doctoral fellowship with the Argentine National Scientific and Technical Research Council for her research project, "Social movements and knowledge intermediaries: participatory methods for inclusive innovation."  
  October 2014
  IHSS will present Rick DesRochers, Long Island University-Post Campus, Department of Theatre, October 14, 2:30 PM, SBS N403, "The Family Act Goes to School - The Marx Brothers, Vaudeville, and Americanization."  
  September 2014  
  Michael Kimmel and Gloria Steinem co-author New York Times opinion piece on consensual sex on college campuses entitled "Yes Is Better Than No."
Kristen Shorette receives ASA Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline Award for her project, "Freedom from Discrimination as Human Right?  The Global Human Rights Regime and the Diffusion of Affirmative Action since 1965"
Carrie Shandra selected as a Fellow of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research's Switzer Research Program
Nicholas Wilson, Yale University, September 29, 2014, 1:00 PM, SBS N403, "Corruption and the Making of Modern Bureaucracy:  Evidence from the British Empire in India."
IHSS will present Steven Skiena, Stony Brook University, Department of Computer Science, September 18, 2:30 PM, SBS N403, "Who's Bigger?  Where Historical Figures Really Rank.
  June 2014
  •Suzan Walters was named a 2014 Teaching Innovations and Professional Development Award Recipient by SAGE.  
  May 2014  
  Cathy Marrone receives the Sister Margareet Ann Landry Lifetime Achievement Award at the Stony Brook Student Life Awards Ceremony  
  April 2014  

•Study by Arnout van de Rijt and Michael Restivo published in PNAS and featured in The Economist
•Kenneth Pierce has received the Jean Harvey Slappy Fellowship by the Marcus Garvey Foundation
•Florencia Arancibia has been awarded an Inter-American Foundation Grassroots Development Field Research Fellowship
IHSS, co-sponsored with the Department of History presents Samuel Roberts, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, April 22nd, 2:30 PM, SBS N320, "Black Politics, Caught Between Criminalization and Medicalization:  Methadone Maintenance, Decriminalization, and Harm Reduction, 1965-1990."
Natalia Sarkisian, Boston College, April 17th, 4:00 PM, SBS S403,"More or Less Kin:  Economic Disparities and Kin Support"
Oyeronke Oyewumi received the Distinguished Africanist Award by the New York African Studies Association (NYASA)
•Hyang-Gi Song has been awarded the Center for Korean Studies graduate fellowship
Jennifer London, Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, April 9, 2014, 3:00 PM, Stony Brook Manhattan, "Understanding Authoritarianism as a Dynamic Category of Practice:  Ibn al-Muqaffa's Legacy for the History of Arab Political Thought:"

  March 2014  

•Brooke Ellison, Ph.D. 2012, Assistant Professor of Healthcare Policy and Management at Stony Brook University, was selected by the World Economic Forum as a 2014 Global Leader.
•Oyeronke Oyewumi awarded 2014/15 Fulbright Scholar Grant for teaching and research in Harare, Zimbabwe
•Rebekah Burroway, Cathy Marrone, and Carrie Shandra awarded Dean's Funds for Excellence awards
•Sasha Rodriguez awarded the American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship
•Bethany Coston receives the Madeline Fusco Fellowship Award
•Sasha Rodriguez receives the Faculty-Staff Dissertation Fellowship
•Amanda Kennedy receives the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching
•Sociology Major Neha Kinariwalla receives Gates Cambridge University Fellowship
•Ambassador Robert Toscano, March 24, 2014, 4:00 PM, Center for Italian Studies, Library, Room E4340, "Putin's Russia: Between Soviet Nostalgia and Traditionalist Nataionalism"
Valerie Leiter, Simmons College, March 13th, 4:00 PM, Health Sciences Center,Level 2, Room 408 (School of Health Technology and Management Conference Room),"Power, Rights, and Participation among Youth with Disabilities."  Co-sponsored by the Program in Public Health
IHSS will present Lori Flores, Stony Brook University, Department of History, March 5, 12:00 Noon, SBS N320, "Battlegrounds of Masculinity:  Latino Servicemen, Zoot Suiters, and Farmworkers in World War II"

  February 2014
  •Tarun Banerjee receives Sociology Department's Judith Tanur Dissertation Research Award.
Crystal Fleming receives Career Enhancement Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.
IHSS will present Lawrence Frohman, Stony Brook University, Department of History, February 12th, 11:30 AM, SBS N320, "Surveillance, Security, Divinity"

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