Jason Osborne, Miami University Provost
Jason believes that effective leaders within Higher Education must share and utilize best practices and evidence-informed decisions as higher education faces unprecedented challenges from public health, societal expectations, demographic challenges, workforce development needs, and cultural narratives hostile to the centuries-long benefits of higher education. With his experience at multiple highly ranked institutions, Jason is able to provide strategic guidance and values-driven leadership to institutions during these uncertain times.
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After studying Psychology at the University of Rochester, Jason earned a Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (cognate in Statistics), also at the University of Buffalo. His faculty career began at the University of Oklahoma as Assistant Professor in Educational Psychology teaching Statistics and Research Methods before moving on to North Carolina State as an Associate Professor in Educational Psychology for the Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Following his decade at North Carolina State, he moved to Old Dominion University as Associate Professor where he also served as the director of graduate programs, in the department of Educational Foundations and Leadership teaching graduate level statistics and research methods
His first opportunity for leadership in higher education was as Department Chair and Professor at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. Jason says: “At the University of Louisville, I led a number of initiatives to improve and extend the curriculum and spent time ensuring resources were available in community-based counseling centers for the under-served communities. These centers created unique training and research opportunities for students and faculty, fulfilling UofL’s mission as a Carnegie "Highly Engaged University.” During this time, Jason W Osborne also founded an interdisciplinary educational research and policy center while working with Educational Leadership in order to further support the needs of faculty and mission of the university.
Jason Osborne took on the position of Associate Provost, and Dean of the Graduate School at Clemson University in 2015. “I worked with leaders at all levels of the university to further graduate and professional education across multiple locations and through online programs as well,” explains Jason Osborne. “We also worked closely with the Vice President for Research to expand support for faculty research, scholarship, and artistry. “
Jason and his leadership team pioneered graduate student success efforts, established an impactful graduate professional development program called GRAD360, designed to help students develop communication, leadership, teaching, scholarship and wellness skills. The team also helped implement many diversity and inclusion efforts, supporting a more positive climate at Clemson University, including Pride Week, Lavender Graduation, Donning of the Kente, and culturally responsive mentoring.
Jason Osborne’s position shifted to Provost at Miami University. This represented an opportunity to explore the best ways to be of service to the institution in a time of huge challenges for higher education precipitated by the pandemic, declining interest in college, sociopolitical pressure, and declining state funding for public education.
Jason W Osborne says: “Many years of experience and identification of effective practices for change went into the transformative strategic plan that I led at this time. While the pandemic, of course, necessitated difficult decisions and major changes, our projects to improve the university’s resilience for the future within the world of academics pre-dated COVID-19. We implemented 30 recommendations, completing those highlighted in the 2019 MiamiRISE strategic plan.”
These changes include the establishment of a residential Honors College, elimination of a large structural deficit, better research support for faculty, a thorough examination of all graduate and undergraduate degree programs, implementation of student success infrastructure, investment in DE&I initiatives, investment in our Luxembourg campus, and the successful revision of the core curriculum to better prepare students for successful careers.
In 2022, Jason moved to work as a Special Assistant to the President where he supported advancement efforts and the development of a Certified Advancement Partner training for the academic faculty, staff and leadership. Jason W Osborne says: “This position at the university allowed me to continue my work to support students, professorships and academic affair priorities.”
Currently he serves as Professor of Statistics and a Faculty Fellow in the Miami University Institute for Responsible Gaming, Sport, and Lottery.
These contributions in many different fields shows the breadth of Jason Osborne’s work to reach academics, learners and leaders within medicine, health care, psychology, education and more.
Jason Osborne now brings this same scholarly thoughtfulness to supporting institutions of higher education, most recently as Provost at Miami University. The mission of higher education is the changing the world one student and one research study at a time.
From teaching to becoming Clemson University Dean and then Miami University Provost, Jason Osborne has a clear record of accomplishments, experience, and business leadership acumen in leading large, complex international organizations. This along with his thorough grounding in education psychology (Ph.D.), has helped him to develop a passion for serving educational institutions and their mission
“To perform and to succeed in a world of uncertain challenges requires education leadership to explore different ways of thinking and solving problems,” says Jason. “Thought leadership in higher education is important to share best practices and create data-driven rationale for decision making.”
To read thought leadership from Jason W Osborne, head to his blog page.
Jason has been recognized as a thought leader in higher education, being fortunate to serve as Miami University's provost, Clemson University's Dean of the Graduate School, and having being awarded Miami University's Prodesse Quam Conspici award, reflecting exceptional leadership with humility.
Jason has worked as a collaborative and valued consultant in statistics, measurement, survey and research methods, evaluation, and scholarly partnership since 1995, in fields as diverse as nursing education, physical therapy, mental health and counseling, educational policy, legal proceedings, and higher education. He is available for consultation and collaboration.
Jason's publications in modern research methods and statistics have been cited over 37,000 times and he has been recognized as one of the Top 2% of researchers in the US and globally. He is also an Accredited Professional Statistician, an acknowledgment by his peers in the American Statistical Association of his exceptional work.
Jason Osborne has written extensively on exploratory factor analysis, a classic and frequently-used technique that is also often misunderstood and misapplied. His down-to-earth approach for practitioners has made his work widely cited and consulted.
Regression and linear models are a diverse, flexible, and powerful set of techniques that Jason has enjoyed playing with since the 1980s, and he has written extensively on best practices in applying various models, including OLS regression, logistic regression, and other less common models.
Jason has written on the importance of cleaning your data and testing model assumptions to ensure the most reliable, reproducible outcome from your quantitative research. While still not as common as it should be, his work has been cited by scholars in many fields and on most continents.
While gambling is illegal in the U.S., children can begin gambling as early as 10, and 80% of adolescents reported gambling in the past year. If your child plays video games, they may be gambling without realizing it. Do you know how to identify gambling behavior and what you can do if you suspect there is a problem? Jason Osborne, a member of Miami University's Institute for Responsible Gaming, Lottery, and Sport discusses this concerning trend.
Jason Osborne and Brent Shock, both leaders in Miami University, discuss how institutions can pivot to face he "demographic cliff" by being more student centered, and focusing on broad mission of higher education.
With more turnover in university leadership and increasing mistrust between faculty and leaders at high levels, Jason Osborne of Miami University explores what factors faculty might want to consider when feeling dissatisfied with their campus leadership- and what unintended consequences might adversely impact the institution - and individual faculty themselves- if they are experiencing frequent leader turnover.
As the world faces more complex challenges, we need interdisciplinary approaches and interdisciplinary degree programs. Yet even in 2023, higher education remains traditional and truly interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary projects, degrees, and research can be challenging. In this article, I review strategies that can improve collaboration across silos and encourage multidisciplinary projects. These include investing support in interdisciplinary projects, ensuring policies and practices value these types of publications and projects, reviewing promotion and tenure processes to ensure that is not a barrier, and ensuring leaders explicitly support interdisciplinary degrees, projects, and funding.
Higher education in the US in 2023 faces challenges that reflect global pressures and internal stressors. While working as Provost and in other HE leadership positions, I’ve seen the speed at which challenges have been coming for educational institutions in the US. Some, like the COVID-19 pandemic, were utterly unpredictable. Others, like the “demographic cliff” and reduced public funding for higher education, have been ongoing for decades. Yet it seems as though the rate of change has increased exponentially over the last decade or so, particularly since the pandemic hit.
Higher education faces many simultaneous, serious challenges. Yet as my colleague Brent Shock and I discuss in our recent Inside Higher Ed article, none of them are insurmountable if institutions are strategic and focus on their core mission and values. Let’s talk about a few that have been top of mind recently.
In this interview, Jason Osborne, former provost at Miami University, reviews nine recommendations for how institutions and leaders can support faculty in reducing burnout and improving wellness. We’re going to look at faculty’s stress and burnout levels from a different angle: what institutions can do to help. The onus should not solely be on faculty to take care of themselves when systemic changes need to occur. While everyone has their plates full with competing demands, some simple actions can be taken to reduce burnout and create a culture of wellness throughout the institution.
About two weeks after sports betting became legal in Ohio on Jan. 1, 2023, someone, disappointed by an unexpected loss of the University of Dayton men’s basketball team to Virginia Commonwealth University, made threats and left disparaging messages against Dayton athletes and the coaching staff. The Ohio case is by no means isolated. In 2019, a Babson College student who was a “prolific sports gambler” was sentenced to 18 months in prison for sending death threats to at least 45 professional and collegiate athletes in 2017. Faculty members of Miami University’s Institute for Responsible Gaming, Lottery, and Sports are concerned that the increasing prevalence of sports betting could potentially lead to more such incidents, putting more athletes in danger of threats from disgruntled gamblers who blame them for their gambling losses.
1. Regression and Linear Modeling: Best practices and modern methods. Thousand Oaks, CA. SAGE Publishing. (2017)
2. Exploratory Factor Analysis using SAS Best practices and modern methods. Cary, NC. SAS Publishing. (2016)
3. Best practices in logistic regression. Thousand Oaks, CA SAGE Publishing. (2015)
4. Best Practices in Exploratory Factor Analysis, Scotts Valley, CA: CreateSpace Independent Publishing. (2014)
5. Sweating the small stuff: Does data cleaning and testing of assumptions really matter in the 21st century? Lausanne, Switzerland: Frontiers Research Foundation (2013)
6. Best practices in data cleaning: A complete guide to everything you need to do before and after collecting your data. (2013)
7. Best practices in quantitative methods. Thousand Oaks CA: Sage publishing (2008).
Jason W Osborne has served learners, readers and peers within many fields, including psychology, education and evaluation of data and statistics. Jason W Osborne has been cited in over 37,000 publications (counted by Google Scholar) reaching academics around the world through his many books and peer-reviewed publications. Every article is listed here, but the below list should explain the effectiveness of Jason W Osborne’s scholarship and communication skills.
1. Best Practices In Exploratory Factor Analysis: Four Recommendations For Getting The Most From Your Analysis (2005) with co-author Anna B. Costello.
2. Explaining new options for data analysis, discussing the advantages and disadvantages of the new procedures in Best Practices In Quantitative Methods (2008)
3. Four Assumptions Of Multiple Regression That Researchers Should Always Test (2002) with co-author E. Waters.
4. Summarizing the various potential causes of extreme scores in a data set in The Power Of Outliers (And Why Researchers Should Always Check For Them) (2004) with co-author Amy Overbay.
5. Improving Your Data Transformations: Applying The Box-Cox Transformation (2010)
6. Sample Size and Subject To Item Ratio In Principal Components Analysis (2004) co-authored with Anna B Costello.
7. Applying focus on the use of three data transformations most discussed in statistics texts (square root, log, and inverse) for improving the normality of variables outlined in Notes On The Use Of Data Transformations (2002)
8. Best Practices In Data Cleaning: A Complete Guide To Everything You Need To Do Before And After Collecting Your Data (2013)
9. Best Practices in Exploratory Factor Analysis (2014).
10. Is Inquiry Possible In Light Of Accountability? A Quantitative Comparison Of The Relative Effectiveness Of Guided Inquiry And Verification Laboratory Instruction (2010) along with Margaret R Blanchard, Sherry A Southerland, Victor D Sampson, Leonard A Annetta and Ellen M Granger.