Texas Tech University

Jon McNaughtan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Educational Psychology & Leadership

Email: jon.mcnaughtan@ttu.edu

Phone: 806-834-7322

Office: Education 321


McNaughtan is an assistant professor at Texas Tech University where his research covers two critical junctures of higher education. First, he is currently studying the tenure of college presidents and the role that organization fit and positive leadership practices play in the tenure and efficiency of these leaders. Further, he is seeking to provide more transparency and clarity into the presidential selection process. Second, over the past four years he has assisted in the creation of a unique dataset that tracks over one million community college students through the STEM curriculum and also includes key measures of success. Through this line of work he hopes to answer questions regarding the role of community colleges in the production of STEM professionals and provide insight on how community colleges can better support students in these fields. 

He completed a PhD and MA with a focus on institutional research at the University of Michigan where he worked with world-renowned education and business faculty, During his time at Michigan he served as a leadership consultant with aspiring corporate and educational leaders to identify and cultivate positive practices designed to expand the capacity of both their organization and employees. He also holds a Masters from Stanford University and a BS from Southern Utah University.

Before attending the University of Michigan he served as the President's Fellow at Southern Utah University where he worked on the executive leadership team to transform the university from a regional comprehensive institution to the state designated liberal arts and sciences college. In addition to his role as the fellow, he served as the associate director of the Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics and Public Service where he worked to secure long term funding and establish a new organizational structure for the center that ensured its longevity.

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 lobbying effort to eliminate the sales tax on textbooks for the state Utah.


Dr. Jon McNaughtan, Ph.D.


  • University of Michigan (UM), Ph.D. in Education - 2016
    • Specialization in Higher Education Organizational Behavioer
    • 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., Jackson, G. R., & Bahr, P.R. (2016). Does it take two to tango?: Interdisciplinary course-taking in community colleges. Lubbock, Texas: School of Education, Texas Tech University. Link

Bahr, P. R., Jackson, G., McNaughtan, J.,  Oster, M., & Gross, J. (2015). Unrealized Potential: Community College Pathways to STEM Baccalaureate Degrees. Ann Arbor, Michigan: Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, School of Education, University of Michigan. Available: https://umich.app.box.com/v/Bahr-2015-STEMpathways1 .

Michigan Postsecondary Credential Attainment Work Group. (2015). Reaching for Opportunity: An Action Plan to Increase Michigan's Postsecondary Credential Attainment. Lansing, Michigan: John Austen.  Research support conducted by Jon McNaughtan, and Matt DeMonbrun.

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.

Cameron, K. & McNaughtan, J. (2014). Positive Organizational Scholarship: Shifting the Focus. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 50(4), 445-462.

Lawerence, J. & McNaughtan, J. (2014) Intercollegiate Athletics Climate: Its effects on students, faculty, and administrators. In E. Comeaux (Eds.), Introduction to athletics in American higher education (pp. 105-121). Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.