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James L. Olive, Ph.D.

Clinical Associate Professor

Full-Time Faculty

School of Education and Health Sciences: Department of Educational Administration


Email: James Olive, Ph.D.
Phone: 937-229-3177
Raymond L. Fitz Hall, Room 665B

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, University of Dayton, 2009
  • M.S. in Educational Leadership, University of Dayton, 2004
  • B.S. in Education, The Ohio State University, 2001

Research Interests

  • Diversity Issues Within Higher Education
  • Intersectionality
  • Identity Development of Post-secondary Students
  • Mindfulness in Leadership
  • Retention and Success of Doctoral Students

Selected Publications

Olive, J. L. (2019). The impact of longitudinal action research on doctoral student retention and degree completion. The Qualitative Report, 24(3), 470-482.

Davis, D.J., Brunn-Bevel, R., & Olive, J. L. (Eds.). (2015). Intersectionality in education research. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

Olive, J. L. (2015). The impact of friendship on the leadership identity development of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer students. Journal of Leadership Education, 14(1), 142-159.

Olive, J. L. (2014). Reflecting on the tensions between emic and etic perspectives in life history research: Lessons learned. Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 15(2), 1-13.

Olive, J. L. (2012). Reflections on the life histories of today’s lgbq postsecondary students: Potential ramifications of a friendlier world. Journal of LGBT Youth, 9(3), 247-265.

Olive, J. L. (2010). Relating developmental theories to postsecondary persistence: A multiple case study of gay, lesbian, and bisexual college students. Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research, 4(4), 197-212.