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Peter Collier

Mailing Address:
Department of Sociology
P.O. Box 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751

Shipping Address:
Department of Sociology
1721 SW Broadway, #217
Portland, OR 97201

Phone: (503) 725-3961
Fax: (503) 725-3957


Office Location: Cramer Hall 217O


Interests: Sociology of Higher Education, peer mentoring, identity development, and service learning. More specific areas of interest: role transitions within higher education, the design, implementation and evaluation of mentoring programs; role mastery and the development of expertise, community-based learning, and assessment.

Projects: 1) Advancing a developmental model of college student success: Identifying and understanding key issues for first year college students, a collaborative project with David Morgan, comparing student mentor and faculty/advisors’ perspectives on how a set of previously-identified milestones and adjustment issues that need to be addressed by new freshmen in their first year on campus are organized in regards to relative importance, temporal sequencing, and clustering.

2) Training for College Peer Mentors and Mentoring Program Coordinators, a collaborative curriculum development and research project with Oregon Campus compact and PSU’s Center for Interdisciplinary Mentoring Research (CIMR) funded by a Cradle To Career Planning Grant. Currently analyzing evaluation data from a Summer 2011 Pilot course at PSU, writing manuscripts about the course development process, and preparing proposals for funding next step in project.

3) Developing a Mentor learning network for NIH researchers, a collaboration between Oregon Health Sciences University and PSU’s Center for Interdisciplinary Mentoring Research to adapt an innovative web-based performance assessment and learning network created by America Learns, LLC, to meet the special needs and circumstances of NIH-sponsored mentored scientist relationships.

4) Continuing analysis of data from two related projects: Students First: Improving First Generation Student Retention in Higher Education, a four-year intervention project to improve low-income, first generation student performance and persistence AND Improving First-Generation, Low-Income Student Retention in Higher Education: Examining the Persistence of Role-Mastery based Advising and Telementoring Intervention Effects, a two-year qualitative follow-up study of a cohort of students from the Students First Program to determine if positive program effects persist beyond the students' participation year.

Courses Taught:

SOC/PSY 342:  Social Psychology:  Self, Attitudes and Social Influence

SOC/PSY 343:  Social Psychology:  Social Relationships and Groups

SOC 424/524:  Groups, Interaction and Identity

SOC 448/548:  Sociology of Education

SOC 450/450:  Sociology of Higher Education

SOC 592:  Qualitative Methods


Curriculum Vita