Texas Tech University

Jon McNaughtan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Acting Department Chair
Educational Psychology, Leadership, & Counseling

Email: jon.mcnaughtan@ttu.edu

Phone: 806-834-7322

Office: Education 321

Jon McNaughtan is an associate professor at Texas Tech University where his research focuses on leadership in higher education from multiple perspectives. First, he focuses on the role and experience college presidents. In this vein he has studied how presidents are selected and their communication strategies during time of crisis. Second, he focuses on the role and work of mid-level leaders.  His work has identified the importance of empowerment and effective management strategies to increase job satisfaction and commitment in work. His goal is to enhance the practice of leadership in higher education at all levels.

Dr. McNaughtan completed a Ph.D. with a focus on organizational behavior at the University of Michigan where he worked with faculty in both education and business. Over the last 10 years he has utilized his educational background and professional experience as a leadership consultant with aspiring corporate and educational leaders to identify and cultivate positive practices designed to expand the capacity organizations and individuals. 

Coming from a long line of educators he finds fulfillment in facilitating meaningful organizational change and teaching engaged learners. He attributes his love for higher education to his tenure as an undergraduate student at Southern Utah University where he served concurrently as the Student Body President and the vice president of the Utah Student Association. During his tenure he raised funds to finish a portion of the Student Center and helped to coordinate the statewide effort to eliminate sales tax on college textbooks for the state of Utah.

Dr. Jon McNaughtan, Ph.D.


  • University of Michigan (UM), Ph.D. in Education - 2016
    • Specialization in Higher Education Organizational Behavior
    • Dissertation Chair: Michael N. Bastedo
  • University of Michigan, M.A. in Higher Education - 2015
    • Specialization in Institutional Research
  • Stanford University School of Education, M.A. in Education - 2010
    • Specialization in Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies
  • Southern Utah University (SUU), B.S. in Interpersonal Communication - 2009
    • Minor in Business Management

Areas of Expertise

  • Positive Organizational Scholarship
  • Leadership
  • Community College Student Course Taking (STEM)
  • College Presidential Transition
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Organizational Change

Selected Publications

McNaughtan, J. Higgins, R., Spott, J. & Smith, D. (Accepted). Developing and Recasting STEM Centers as Institutional Bridges and Entry Points. Community College Enterprise.

Bahr, P. R., McNaughtan, J., & Jackson, G. (Accepted). Reducing the Loss of Community College Students who Demonstrate Potential in STEM. Research in Higher Education.

McNaughtan, J.
(2022). The role of presidents in budget and finance: A rural community college perspective. New Directions for Higher Education, 2022, 1-13. http://doi.org/10.1002/he.20446

McNaughtan, J., Eicke, D., Thacker, R., & Freeman, S. (2021). Trust and self-determination: Understanding the role of faculty empowerment and job satisfaction. Journal of Higher Education, 93(1), 137-161. https://doi.org/10.1080/00221546.2021.1935601

McNaughtan, J. & Hotchkins, B. (2021). Leading at the crossroads: Understanding how identity influences presidential communication for Black community college presidents. Educational Policy Analysis Archives, 29(39). https://epaa.asu.edu/ojs/article/view/4694/2606

McNaughtan, J.
& Brown, M. (2020). Civic Engagement at Community Colleges: Understanding the relationship between individual, institutional, and political environments on student voting. Community College Review.https://doi.org/10.1177/0091552120926250

Bodine Al-Sharif, M. A., Garcia, H., & McNaughtan, J. (2020). Making meaning of the mid-level administrator role in international student service centers. Journal of Higher Education.https://doi.org/10.1080/00221546.2020.1762155

Singer, P., McNaughtan, J., & Eicke, D. (2019). Higher education and medicaid spending: Analysis of state budgetary tradeoffs and the Affordable Care Act. Higher Education Policy. DOI: doi.org/10.1057/s41307-019-00164-y

McNaughtan, J.
, García, H. A., Lertora, I., Louis, S., Croffie, A.,  Li, X., & McNaughtan, E. D. (2018). Contentious dialogue: College presidential responses to the 2016 election. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management.  DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/1360080X.2018.1462437

García, H. A., McNaughtan, J., Eicke, D., Li, Xinyang, & Leong, M. (2018). Understanding engagement and enrollment satisfaction for international students in community colleges. Journal of Applied Research in Community Colleges, 25(1), 45-60.

McNaughtan, J. (2018). Leaving so Soon? Applying a fit perspective to community college presidential tenure. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 42(7/8), 519-535. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/10668926.2018.1431571

Cameron, K. & McNaughtan, J. (2015) Positive organizational change: What the field of Positive Organizational Scholarship offers to OD practitioners. In W. Rothwell, R. Sullivan, J. Stavros, and A. Sullivan (Eds.) Practicing Organizational Development (pp. 338-347). San Francisco: Jossey Bass.