Lisa R. Lattuca


Lisa R. Lattuca, School of Education

Lisa R. Lattuca, professor of higher education at the University of Michigan, studies curriculum, teaching, and learning in college and university settings. Her research focuses on how curricular, instructional, and organizational conditions shape students’ educational experiences and learning outcomes. She is currently studying the impact on student learning and persistence in STEM majors of 1) the M-STEM Academies at the University of Michigan, which provide students majoring in engineering and the life and physical sciences with comprehensive academic and social programming designed to support their achievement and graduation in STEM fields, and 2) the use of vertically integrated project teams that engaged intergenerational groups of students in team projects driven by faculty research in a consortium of 20 U.S. colleges and universities. These projects are funded, respectively, through the National Science Foundation and the Helmsley Foundation.

Dr. Lattuca recently completed two studies, also funded by the National Science Foundation, that benchmarked undergraduate engineering programs’ buy-in to curricular and instructional reforms advocated in the National Academy of Engineering’s “Engineer of 2020” reports and examined how current educational and organizational practices affect students’ design and problem-solving skills, interdisciplinary and contextual competencies. She was previously project director and co-principal investigator of a national study that investigated the impact of the implementation of outcomes-based accreditation criteria on engineering programs and student learning. Dr. Lattuca is also well known for her work on interdisciplinarity in higher education settings, and is currently studying how various programmatic features, from faculty beliefs to program and curricular arrangements, affect students’ learning in interdisciplinary major programs.

In addition to journal articles and book chapters on these topics, Dr. Lattuca is the co-author of Shaping the College Curriculum: Academic Plans in Context (with Joan Stark); author of Creating Interdisciplinarity: Interdisciplinary Teaching and Research among College and University Faculty, and co-editor of scholarly volumes on university curricula, interdisciplinary collaboration, and qualitative research methods. She serves as a senior associate editor of the Journal of Engineering Education and has or is serving on the editorial boards of the Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, Higher Education, the American Journal of Education, The Journal of General Education, and AERA Open.

Dr. Lattuca earned her PhD from the University of Michigan, a master’s from Cornell University, and a bachelor’s degree from Saint Peter’s College. She previously held faculty positions at Penn State and Loyola University Chicago, and served as an associate program officer at the Spencer Foundation (Chicago).

Lattuca teaches courses in the following program(s):
Academic Affairs and Student Development
Higher Education
Higher Education Student Access and Success


Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Litzinger, T. A., Lattuca, L. R., Hadgraft, R., & Newstetter, W. (2011). "Learning Experiences that Support the Development of Expert Engineering Practice." Journal of Engineering Education (Special Centennial Issue) 100 (1), 1–29.

Lattuca, L. R. & Knight, D. (2010).  "In the Eye of the Beholder: Defining and Studying Interdisciplinarity in Engineering Education." Proceedings of the 117th Annual Conference & Exposition of the Association for the Study of Engineering Education, Louisville, KY. (Winner, Best Paper, Educational Research and Methods Division, ASEE.)

Baker, V. L. & Lattuca, L. R. (2010). "Developmental Networks and Learning: Toward an Interdisciplinary Perspective on Identity Development during Doctoral Study." Studies in Higher Education, 35 (7), 807-827.

Harper, B. J. & Lattuca, L. R. (2010). "Tightening Curricular Connections: CQI and Effective Curriculum Planning." Research in Higher Education, 51 (6), 505-527.  DOI 10.1007/s11162-010-9167-2.

Lattuca, L. R., Terenzini, P. T., Harper, B. J., & Yin, A. C. (2010). "Academic Environments in Detail: Holland’s Theory at the Subdiscipline Level." Research in Higher Education, 51 (1), 21-39. DOI 10.1007/s11162-009-9144-9.

Volkwein, J. F., Lattuca, L. R., Harper, B. J., & Domingo, R. J. (2007). "Measuring the Impact of Professional Accreditation on Student Experiences and Learning Outcomes." Research in Higher Education, 48 (2), 251-282. 

Lambert, A. D., Terenzini, P. T., & Lattuca, L. R. (2007). "More than meets the eye: Curricular and programmatic effects on student learning." Research in Higher Education, 48 (2), 141-168.


Lattuca, L.R. & Stark, J. S. (2009). Shaping the College Curriculum: Academic Plans in Context (2nd edition). San Francisco: Jossey Bass. 

Creamer, E. G., & Lattuca, L.R. (Eds.) (2005). Advancing Faculty Learning through Interdisciplinary Collaboration.  New Directions for Teaching and Learning, No. 102. San Francisco:  Jossey-Bass.  

Lattuca, L. R. (2001). Creating Interdisciplinarity: Interdisciplinary Research and Teaching among College and University Faculty. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press.




8/15/2012 - 7/31/2017 The M-STEM Academies at the University of Michigan: an integrated approach to increase the number and diversity of undergraduates in STEM disciplines
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation / UM College of Literature, Science and the Arts - Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

9/1/2012 - 2/28/2013 E2020 Report Project
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

9/1/2006 - 8/31/2010 Prototyping the Engineer of 2020: A 360-Degree Study of Effective Education
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

2/1/2006 - 1/30/2009 Prototype to Production: Processes and Conditions for Preparing the Engineer of 2020
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

Courses & Syllabi

Term Catalogue Course Description Syllabus
Fall 2012 EDUC 771. Topics in Higher and Postsecondary Education EDUC 771. Seminar on Interdisciplinarity in Higher Education

Fall 2014 EDUC 762. Curriculum in Postsecondary Education EDUC 762. Curriculum in Higher Education

Winter 2016 EDUC 762. Curriculum in Postsecondary Education EDUC 762. Curriculum in Higher Education

Fall 2015 EDUC 792. Methods in Educational Research: Qualitative EDUC 792. Qualitative Methods in Educational Research

Fall 2016 EDUC 792. Methods in Educational Research: Qualitative EDUC 792. Qualitative Methods in Educational Research


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