joined the faculty of Ohio University in 2002. She teaches
courses on institutional research and assessment, management of
higher education, and policy. She specializes in
quantitative applications for educational policy and research
drawing upon her experience as an institutional researcher and
consultant to the National Center for Education Statistics.
Her research interests focus on faculty retirement, part-time
faculty, academic labor market and management issues.
Some of her recent publications include
Exploring faculty retirement issues in public 2–year institutions,
Progress for women in academe, yet inequities persist: Evidence from NSOPF:99
(with Robert K. Toutkoushian), and New ways to phase into retirement: Options for faculty and institutions
(a co-edited volume of New Directions for Higher Education with David W. Leslie).
Dr. Conley teaches in two
institutes: The Association for Institutional Research (AIR)
Foundations for the Practice of Institutional Research Institute
AIR/NCES/NSF Summer Data Policy Institute. Part
of the curriculum for the institutes includes online
applications for accessing national datasets including
College Opportunities Online (COOL) , the
Peer Analysis System and the
Data Analysis System .
She holds a B.A. and a M.A. in Sociology
from the University of
Virginia. Dr. Conley's Ph.D. is in Educational
Leadership and Policy Studies, Higher Education and Student
Affairs from Virginia Tech.