Dr Jonathan Parker

Title: Senior Lecturer; National Teaching Fellow
Phone: +44 (0)1782 733547
Email: j.parker@keele.ac.uk
Location: CBB 2.029
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I grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a small university town in the American South.  I earned my BA, MA, and PhD at the University of North Carolina, spending a year on exchange at Mansfield College, Oxford along the way.  I came to American Studies at Keele in 1996 and then moved to SPIRE.

My main interest is education politics and policy, which puts me in the happy position of studying what I do for a living.  I am currently working on a comparison of higher education between Europe and the United States.   I won the Keele Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2005, and was made a National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2009.

My main research interests are in public policy (particularly education) and American politics.  I have written about education reform in the U.S., particularly No Child Left Behind.  I have been involved in various projects looking at topics that include promotion and rewards for staff, civic engagement and citizenship, assessment, undergraduate research, e-learning, research methods and the curriculum.  My current research compares the higher education curriculum for universities in Europe and the United States.  I am also carrying out a project examining the provision of study abroad programmes in the U.K. and their contribution to internationalisation.

Selected Publications

  • Parker J. 2010. Undergraduate Research Methods Training in Political Science: A Comparative Perspective. PS: Political Science and Politics, vol. 1(43), 121-125. doi>
  • PARKER JH. 2008. Comparing Research and Teaching in University Promotion Critieria. Higher Education Quarterly, vol. 62(3), 237-251. doi>
  • Parker JH. 2012. International Comparisons of the Integration of Research into Undergraduate Degrees in the Social Sciences. Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly, vol. 32(3), 28-33. link>
  • Parker JH. 2012. National Teaching Awards Schemes. link>
  • PARKER J. 2011. Best Practices in Quantitative Methods Teaching: Comparing Social Science Curricula Across Countries. In Teaching Quantitative Methods. Payne G and Williams M (Eds.). London: Sage. link> doi>

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Journal Articles

  • Parker JH. 2012. International Comparisons of the Integration of Research into Undergraduate Degrees in the Social Sciences. Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly, vol. 32(3), 28-33. link>
  • Parker J. 2010. Undergraduate Research Methods Training in Political Science: A Comparative Perspective. PS: Political Science and Politics, vol. 1(43), 121-125. doi>
  • PARKER JH. 2008. Comparing Research and Teaching in University Promotion Critieria. Higher Education Quarterly, vol. 62(3), 237-251. doi>
  • PARKER J. 2003. Elected Mayors in the United States. Talking Politics, vol. 15(2), 175-178. link>
  • Parker JH. 2001. Forecasting American Presidential Elections. Talking Politics, vol. 13(2). link>
  • Parker JH. Undergraduate Research, Learning Gain and Equity: The Impact of Final Year Research Projects. Higher Education Pedagogies Journal.

Chapters

  • PARKER J. 2011. Best Practices in Quantitative Methods Teaching: Comparing Social Science Curricula Across Countries. In Teaching Quantitative Methods. Payne G and Williams M (Eds.). London: Sage. link> doi>
  • Parker J. 2010. The Mass Media. In Developments in American Politics 6. Peele G, Bailey, Cain B, Peters BG (Eds.). Palgrave Macmillan.
  • PARKER J. 2009. No Child Left Behind: The Politics and Policy of Education Reform. In Assessing the George W. Bush Presidency: A Tale of Two Terms. Herbert JN and Wroe A (Eds.). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. link>
  • PARKER JH. 2008. No Child Left Behind: American Education Policy and Federalism. In The Federal Nation: Perspectives on American Federalism. Morgan IW and Davies PJ (Eds.). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Other

  • Parker JH. 2012. National Teaching Awards Schemes. link>
  • PARKER JH, Scott S, Dobson A, Wyman M, Landén AS. 2008. International Bench-marking Review of Best Practice in the Provision of Undergraduate Teaching in Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences. link>
  • Mass Media
  • American Politics
  • Public Policy
  • Political Analysis
  • Citizenship
  • Research Methods
  • Education Policy
  • American society and culture

I have been active in university administration at Keele, co-authoring the University’s learning and teaching strategy, assessment strategy, and its new degree structure.  I am active in C-SAP, the politics subject centre of the Higher Education Academy, where I am a member of the politics reference group and specialist groups on both e-learning and assessment.

I am currently leading a project on the shape of the politics curriculum and its approach to assessment for C-SAP and the Political Studies Association.  I was the main author of an ESRC international benchmarking analysis of social science research methods in undergraduate degrees.  I have published articles and presented at conferences and workshops in the U.K. and internationally on the design and teaching of research methods in undergraduate degrees.

I speak to many high schools every year about going to university, American politics and the United States.  I was vice-chair of governors at a local primary school and high school.  I currently serve as a governor at my local high school.  I was an elected parent representative on Staffordshire County Council’s Scrutiny Panel for Schools and Colleges.

I am able to supervise research students on the following topics:

  • American politics
  • state politics in the US
  • public policy

Please see my research and scholarship for more details about my area of expertise.

Further information is available about studying in SPIRE, including funding available for pursuing a doctoral research degree.