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Matthew A. Witenstein, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Full-Time Faculty

School of Education and Health Sciences: Department of Educational Administration

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Email: Matthew Witenstein, Ph.D.
Phone: 937-229-3447
Raymond L. Fitz Hall, Room 665A

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Degrees

  • Ph.D. in Higher Education Research, Claremont Graduate University
  • M.A. in Educational Research Methodology, Louisiana State University
  • M.S. in Leadership and Policy Studies of Higher EducationUniversity of Memphis 
  • B.A. in English, Towson University

Research interests

  • Immigrants in higher education
  • International educational experiences (study abroad/study away/immersion)
  • International/comparative higher education research focused on higher educational quality, organization and governance issues

Selected publications

Witenstein, M. A. (In Press, 2020). Bicultural negotiation of South Asian immigrant female faculty in the US Academy, Diaspora, Indigenous and Minority Education.

Barnett, R. & Witenstein, M. A. (2020). Imagining a Climate of Equity through Critical Theory of Love: Using CPAR to Identify Guiding Principles that Humanize Library Work. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 46(5), 1-7.

Witenstein, M. A. & Niese, M. (2019). Applying guiding principles to resist erasure of immigrant community college students in an everchanging climate through a critical theory of love. Journal of Applied Research in the Community College, 26(2), 1-10.

Witenstein. M. A., Jones, L., Johnson H., & Cleveland-Friday, Y. (2019). Invoking fear, hope, and action: A reflective response to navigating the climate for immigrants at three Inland Empire, California community colleges, About Campus, (24)1, 22-27.

Witenstein, M. A., & Hastings, J. (2019) To study abroad or not to study abroad: That is the STEM question. Journal of Student Affairs, 28(1), 163-175.

Paik, S. J., Rahman, Z., Kula, S.M., Saito, E., & Witenstein, M. A. (2018). Diverse Asian American families and communities: Culture, structure, and education (Part I: Why they differ). School Community Journal, 27(2), 35-66.

Paik, S. J., Rahman, Z., Kula, S.M., Saito, E., & Witenstein, M. A. (2018). Ethnic afterschool programs and language schools in diverse Asian American communities (Part II: How they differ). School Community Journal, 27(2), 67-98.

Witenstein, M. A. (2017). Teachers’ perspectives on higher education policies. Economic and Political Weekly, 52(39), 14-16.

Paik, S. J., Cho S. M. & Witenstein, M. A. (2016). Filipinos in the U.S.: historical and educational experiences, Social and Education History, 5(2), 134-160.

Witenstein, M. A. & Saito L. E. (2015). Exploring the educational implications of the Third Space Framework for transnational Asian Adoptees, Berkeley Review of Education, 5(2), 117-136.

Paik, S. J., Ganley, D. E., Luschei, T. F., Kula, S. M., Witenstein, M. A., Truong, K. K., & Shimogori, Y. (2015). Intercultural exchange among global teachers: The case of the Teaching Excellence and Achievement Study Abroad Program, International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 49, 100-113.

Paik, S. J., Kula, S. M., Saito, L. E., Rahman, Z, & Witenstein, M. A. (2014). Historical perspectives on diverse Asian American educational experiences: Modes of incorporation and achievement, Teachers College Record, 116(8).

Iyengar, R., Witenstein, M. A., & Byker, E. (2014). Comparative Perspectives on teacher education in South Asia, International Perspectives on Education and Society, 25, 99-106.

Rahman, Z. & Witenstein, M. A. (2014). A quantitative study of cultural conflict and gender differences in South Asian American college students, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 37(6), 1121-1137.

Witenstein, M. A. & Palmer, B. (2013). Inequality of participation in Nepalese higher education: A critical conceptual model of educational barriers, Asian Education and Development Studies, 2(2), 162-176.

Selected books and chapters

Manion, C., Anderson, E., Baily, S., Call-Cummings, M., Iyengar R., Shah, P., & Witenstein, M. A. (Eds.) (In Press, 2020). Interrogating and innovating CIE research. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Brill Publishers.

Setty, R., Iyengar, R, Witenstein, M. A., Byker, E. J., & Kidwai, H. (Eds.), (2019). Teaching and Teacher Education: South Asian Perspectives. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Anderson, E., Baily, S., Iyengar R., & Witenstein, M. A. (2019) New directions for consideration: Looking forward and ahead.  In Baily, S., Anderson, E., Call-Cummings, M., Iyengar, R, Manion, C, Shah, P., & Witenstein, M. A. (Eds.) Interrogating and innovating CIE research (241-249). Rotterdam, Netherlands: Brill Publishers.

Iyengar, R., & Witenstein, M. A. (2019). Amplifying Indian women’s voices and experiences to advance their equitable access to Technical and Vocational Education Training programs. In Baily, S., Anderson, E., Call-Cummings, M., Iyengar, R, Manion, C, Shah, P., & Witenstein, M. A. (Eds.) Interrogating and innovating CIE research (72-85). Rotterdam, Netherlands: Brill Publishers.

Byker, E. J. & Witenstein, M. A. (2019). The Sastras of teacher education in South Asia: Conclusion. In Setty, R., Iyengar, R., Witenstein, M. A., Kidwai, H. & Byker, E. J. (Eds.) Teaching and teacher education: South Asian perspectives (346-351). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Byker, E. J. & Witenstein, M. A. (2019). Pastoral care teaching: A case study vignette. In Setty, R., Iyengar, R., Witenstein, M. A., Kidwai, H. & Byker, E. J. (Eds.) Teaching and teacher education: South Asian perspectives (339-344). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Kidwai, H., Iyengar, R, Witenstein, M. A., Byker, E. J., & Setty R. (Eds.), (2017). Participatory action research and educational development: South Asian perspectives. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Setty, R. & Witenstein, M. A. (2017). Defining PAR to refine PAR: Theorizing participatory action research (PAR) in South Asian educational contexts. In Kidwai, H., Iyengar, R., Witenstein, M. A., Byker, E. J. & Setty  R. (Eds.), Participatory action research and educational development: South Asian perspectives (13-47). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Editorship

Associate Editor of Diaspora Indigenous and Minority Education, 2019-present

Co-editor of the book series South Asian Education Policy, Research and Practice. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 2016-present

Special Issue co-editor: Witenstein, M. A., Blanco-Ramírez, G. (Forthcoming, 2020). Higher Education Quality Assurance in Central and South Asia. Journal: Asian Education and Development Studies.

Baily, S., Anderson, E., Call-Cummings, M., Iyengar, R, Manion, C, Shah, P., & Witenstein, M. A. (Eds.) (In Press, 2020). Interrogating and innovating CIE research. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Brill Publishers.

Setty, R. Kidwai, Iyengar, R., Witenstein, M. A., Kidwai, H., Byker, E. J. (Eds.). (2019). Teaching and Teacher Education: South Asian Perspectives. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Kidwai, H., Iyengar, R., Witenstein, M. A., Byker, E. J., & Setty, R. (Eds.). (2017). Participatory action research and educational development: South Asian perspectives. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Editorial Review Board for: Hartlep, N. D. (2012). The Model Minority Stereotype: Demystifying Asian American Success. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Selected conference presentations

Witenstein, M. A. & Niese, M. (November, 2020). Conceptualizing Guiding Principles to Support Immigrant Community College Students through a Critical Theory of Love.

Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (Virtual Conference), USA.

Witenstein, M. A. & Perry, M. S. (November, 2020). What Is Your Campus Newspaper Reporting about Immigrants? Foundational Perspectives Informed by Scapes. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (Virtual Conference), USA.

Witenstein. M. A. & Abdallah, J. (March, 2020). Engaging with Street-Level Bureaucracy to Propose Policy Shifts in Indian Affiliated Colleges. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Miami, FL, US. (Virtual Conference).

Witenstein. M. A.  & Iyengar, R. I. (November, 2019). Engaging the Third Space to Advance Local Knowledges of Indian Women about Accessing Technical Vocational Education Training. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Portland, OR, US.

Witenstein, M. A. (June, 2019). Engaging a Bottom-Up Policy Approach toward Reframing the Educational Policy Flow of Affiliated Colleges in India. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Bulgarian Comparative Education Society, Pomorie, Bulgaria.

Iyengar, R. & Witenstein, M. A.  (April, 2019). Amplifying Indian Women’s Voices and Experiences to Advance their Access to Technical and Vocational Education Training Programs. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, San Francisco, CA, US.

Kula, S., Rahman, Z., Paik, S., Saito, L. E., & Witenstein, M. A. (April, 2019). Diversity in Asian American Communities and their Educational Outcomes: A Cultural and Structural Co-Ethnic Model. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, San Francisco, CA, US.

Paik, S., Rahman, Z., Saito, L. E., Kula, S., & Witenstein, M. A. (April, 2019). Historical and Social Contexts that Shape Diverse Asian American Communities and their Educational Outcomes. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Witenstein, M. A., Jones, L., Johnson, H., & Cleveland-Friday, Y. (November, 2018). Invoking Fear, Hope, and Action: A Reflective Response for Navigating the Climate for Immigrants at Three Inland Empire, California Community Colleges. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Tampa, FL, US.

Witenstein, M. A., & Omier, J. (November, 2018). Framing the Sense of Belonging (or not) for Immigrant Students in US Higher Education. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Tampa, FL, US.

Witenstein, M. A. & Iyengar, R. (October, 2018). Amplifying Indian Women’s Voices and Experiences to Advance Their Equitable Access to Technical and Vocational Education Training Programs. Paper present at the Northeast regional conference of the Comparative and International Education Society at SUNY Albany, Albany, NY, US.

Witenstein, M. A., Dey, S., Suresh, S., Mahajan, A., & Tukdeo, S. (June, 2018) Moving Beyond the Binary: Engaging in Dialogical Spaces to Derive Methodology in Comparative and International Education. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Bulgarian Comparative Education Society, Varna, Bulgaria.

Witenstein. M. A., & Pivovarova, M. (April, 2018). An Empirical Analysis of Constraints to Access to Tertiary Education in Nepal. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association, New York, New York, US.

Witenstein, M. A. (March, 2018). Positioning the Indian Affiliated College as a Third Space to Interpret English-Medium Education. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Mexico City, Mexico.

Kidwai, H., Byker, E. J., Witenstein, M. A., Iyengar, R., Setty, R., & Shah, P. (October, 2017). Interrogating and Innovating Participatory Action Research and its Role in Educational Development: South Asian Perspectives. Symposium panel presented at the annual Comparative and International Education Society symposium entitled “Interrogating and innovating CIE research”, George Mason University, Arlington, VA, USA.

Witenstein, M. A., & Singai, C. B. (June, 2017). Mapping Disparities in ‘Quality as a Policy Vis-à-Vis Practice' in South Asian Higher Education. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Bulgarian Comparative Education Society, Borovets, Sofia Province, Bulgaria.

Witenstein, M. A. (March, 2017). Indian College of Education Faculty Perspectives and Engagement with Educational Value. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Atlanta, GA, US.

Selected invited lectures

Witenstein, M. A. (November 13, 2019). Invited Roundtable Facilitator “Opportunities and Challenges of Postdocs and Visiting Professor Positions”, Council on International Higher Education, Association for the Study of Higher Education Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, USA.

Witenstein, M. A. (July 29, 2019). “A Comparative Understanding of US and Indian Higher Education”, Shri M. M. N. Shukla College of Education, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.

Witenstein, M. A. (July 26, 2019). “A Comparative Understanding of US and Indian Higher Education”, Thakur Shyamnarayan College of Education & Research, Kandivali, Mumbai, India.

Witenstein, M. A. (July 25, 2019). “Considering a Bottom-Up Policy Approach for India’s Affiliated Colleges”, Pillai College of Education and Research, Chembur, Maharashtra, India.

Witenstein, M. A. (March, 2018). Invited panelist for: “Planning an academic career”, Comparative and International Education Society, Mexico City, Mexico

Witenstein, M. A. (March, 2018). Invited panelist for: “The nuts and bolts of publishing”, Comparative and International Education Society, Mexico City, Mexico.

Witenstein, M. A. & Omier, J. (February, 2018). “Sense of Belonging of Immigrant Students in US Higher Education”, University of Redlands, Redlands, CA, USA.