Jennifer Lowman, Ph.D.

Director, Student Persistence Research

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  • Ph.D. Social Psychology Interdisciplinary Program, University of Nevada, Reno
  • M.A. Sociology, University of Nevada, Reno
  • B.A. Sociology, New Mexico State University


Dr. Jennifer Lowman supports mixed methods program and learning outcomes assessment for co-curricular programs and student services at Nevada. She conducts original research for the improvement of student persistence, progress, graduation, and career preparation. Recent projects include sexual assault and campus safety, campus employment and transferable skills, civic engagement and service learning, and pathways for women to student government.

Previous career experiences include survey design and deployment with the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey. Dr. Lowman also consults locally to support assessment, program evaluation, and data-use in community service and educational programs. Occasionally, Dr. Lowman teaches courses on research methods, statistics, and a variety of sociological and educational topics.

The Office of Student Persistence Research conducts high quality retention research and learning outcomes assessment to increase student persistence and completion rates at the University of Nevada.

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  • Sanchez, J., Lowman, J., & Hill, K. (2016). Performance and Persistence Outcomes of GEAR UP Students: Leveling the Playing Field in Higher Education. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory, & Practice. DOI: 10.1177/1521025116669954
  • Weigel, D. J., Martin, S. S., Lowman, J. (2016). Assessing the early literacy skills of toddlers: The development of four foundational measures. Early Child Development and Care, 187:3-4, 744-755. DOI: 10.1080/03004430.2016.1236089
  • Kelley, J., Evans, M.D.R, Lowman, J., & Lykes, V. (2016). Group-mean-centering independent variables in multi-level models is dangerous. Quality & Quantity, DOI:10.1007/s11135015-0304-z
  • Elliott, M. & Lowman, J. L. (2015). Education, Income, and alcohol misuse: A stress process model. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 50 (1), 19-26.
  • Lowman, J. L. & Elliott, M. (2010). A Multilevel Model of the Educational Expectations of Secondary School Students in the United States. Social Psychology of Education, 13, 1, 77-110. DOI 10.1007/s11218.009-9099-x.
  • Lowman, J. L. (2009). The social significance of the marital contract: Why civil tort law is needed to regulate adultery. In M.K. Miller (Ed.), Contemporary perspectives on legal regulation of sexual behavior: Psycholegal research and analysis. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.
  • Weigel, D. J., Lowman, J. L. & Martin, S. S. (2007). Language development in the years before school: A comparison of developmental assets in home and child care settings'. Early Child Development and Care, 177, 719 – 734.