Texas Tech University

Jon McNaughtan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Educational Psychology, Leadership, & Counseling

Email: jon.mcnaughtan@ttu.edu

Phone: 806-834-7322

Office: Education 321


Jon McNaughtan is an assistant 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 PhD 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. & 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 budetary tradeoffs and the Afordable Care Act. Higher Education Policy. DOI: doi.org/10.1057/s41307-019-00164-y

McNaughtan, J.
, García, H. A., Letora, 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

McNaughtan, J., & Lee, S. (2017). Music faculty at work: Job Crafting. College Music Symposium, 57. DOI:https://doi.org/10.18177/sym.2017.57.sr.11364

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

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.