Bruce Keith is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Systems Engineering and Director of Academic Enrichment and Global Partnerships in the Center for Nation Reconstruction and Capacity Development at the United States Military Academy. His primary focus is on the design and implementation of developmental models capable of building sustainable capacity in individuals, organizations, and countries.
• Served as a leading facilitator in the design of learning models for West Point’s general education (core) curriculum (Educating Future Army Officers in a Changing World; see http://www.dean.usma.edu/sebpublic/EFAOCW.pdf) and its corresponding assessment system.
• Served as a leading facilitator in the design of West Point's Leader Development System (Building Capacity to Lead)
• Served as co-chair of West Point's decennial institutional accreditation self-study (2007-2010) and its periodic review (2003-05).
• Deployed to Afghanistan as the lead academic administrator from USMA in 2005-06 to assist in establishing a new baccalaureate degree-granting military academy in Kabul (The National Military Academy of Afghanistan).
• Consulted with the National Military Academies of Albania and Qatar on strategic planning, resourcing, and curriculum.
Served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, USMA, from 2001-2011; served as the Assistant Dean for Academic Assessment, USMA, from 1996-2001.
• Chaired a task force on sociology and general education for the American Sociological Association (2005-06), resulting in the publication of an ASA monograph to refine and articulate core disciplinary goals and student learning outcomes.
• Assisted in post-Katrina redevelopment efforts in New Orleans (2008-2011) and the stabilization of local neighborhoods in Yonkers, NY (2009-Present).
• Serves as a consultant on the institutional management of liberal education (see http://www.aacu.org/liberaleducation/le-sp10/LESP10_Keith.cfm).
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- Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D). Sociology: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Dissertation: Legislative Initiatives and Educational Expansion: The Growth of State Community College Systems in the United States
- Master of Arts (MA). Sociology: Western Washington University
- Thesis: The Dynamics of Educational Finance: Washington State
- Bachelor of Arts (BA). Political Science: Western Washington University
Bruce Keith (editor). 2004. Contexts for Learning: Institutional Strategies for Managing Curricular Change through Assessment. Stillwater, OK: New Forums Press, 248 pages.
Bruce Keith and Ronald Althouse (editors). 1999. Inside West Virginia: Public Policy Perspectives for the 21st Century. Morgantown, WV: West Virginia University Press, 284 pages.
Building Capacity to Lead: The West Point Leader Development System. 2009. Facilitator and Primary editor; I facilitated discussions among USMA faculty and staff that led to the publication of an operational concept for student development at West Point.
Sociology and General Education. 2007. Washington, D.C.: American Sociological Association. I served as the chairperson of a national task force, which examined the relationship between general education and the sociology major.
Student Learning Assessment: Options and Resources. 2003. Philadelphia: Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 102 pages. I served on an advisory panel of 16 persons who collaboratively authored this assessment handbook for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Educating Future Army Officers for a Changing World. 2002. Office of the Dean. West Point, NY: United States Military Academy, 67 pages. – Chaired the Military Academy's initiative to update the operational concept for the Academic Program. Revised and updated in 2007.
Journal Articles (Peer Reviewed):
Bruce Keith. 2010. “The Transformation of West Point as a Liberal Arts College.” Liberal Education. Vol. 96(2):6-13.
Leahey, Erin, Bruce Keith, and Jason Crockett. 2010. “Specialization and Promotion in an Academic Discipline.” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. Vol. 28 (2): 135-155.
Josipa Roksa and Bruce Keith. 2008. “Credits, Time, and Attainment: Articulation Policies and Success after Transfer.” Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. 30(3):236-254.
Bruce Keith. 2006. “The Nature of Sociological Knowledge.” The American Sociologist. 37: 6-14.
Bruce Keith and James Forest. 2005. “The Hudson River Valley’s Influence on Engineering Education in the United States.” Hudson River Valley Review. 21(Spring):1-12.
Bruce Keith. 2004. “Disciplinary Culture and Organizational Dissonance: The Regional Association in American Sociology.” Sociological Focus. 37(2): 83-105.
Bruce Keith and Morton Ender. 2004. “The Sociological Core: Conceptual Patterns and Idiosyncrasies in the Structure and Content of Introductory Sociology Textbooks, 1940-2000.” Teaching Sociology. 32 (1):19-36.
Bruce Keith, Joseph LeBeouf, Michael J. Meese, Jon C. Malinowski, Martha Gallagher, Scott Efflandt, John Hurley, and Charles Green. 2002. “Assessing Students’ Understanding of Human Behavior: A Multi-Disciplinary Outcomes-Based Approach Toward the Design and Assessment of an Academic Program Goal.” Teaching Sociology. 30 (October):430-454.
Bruce Keith, Jenny Sundra Layne, Nicholas Babchuk, and Kurt Johnson. 2002. “The Context of Scientific Achievement: Sex Status, Organizational Environments, and the Timing of First Publication on Cumulative Scholarship Outcomes.” Social Forces. 80 (June):1153-1182.
Bruce Keith. 2001. “Organizational Contexts and University Performance Outcomes: The Limited Role of Purposive Action in the Management of Institutional Status.” Research in Higher Education. 42 (October):493-516.
Bruce Keith. 2000. “Taking Stock of the Discipline: Some Reflections on the State of American Sociology.” The American Sociologist. 31 (Spring):5-14.
Bruce Keith. 1999. “The Institutional Context of Departmental Prestige in American Higher Education.” American Educational Research Journal. 36 (Fall):409-445.
Nicholas Babchuk, Bruce Keith, and George Peters. 1999. “Collaboration in Sociology and Other Scientific Disciplines: A Comparative Trend Analysis of Scholarship in the Social, Physical, and Biological Sciences.” The American Sociologist. 30 (Fall):5-21.
Bruce Keith and Nicholas Babchuk. 1998. “The Quest for Institutional Recognition: A Longitudinal Analysis of Scholarly Productivity and Academic Prestige among Sociology Departments.” Social Forces. 76 (June): 1495-1533.
Esther Gottlieb and Bruce Keith. 1997. “The Academic Teaching-Research Nexus in Eight Advanced-Industrialized Countries.” Higher Education. 34 (June):397-420.
Bruce Keith. 1996. “The Context of Educational Opportunity: States and the Legislative Organization of Community College Systems.” American Journal of Education. 105 (November): 67-101.
Nicholas Babchuk and Bruce Keith. 1995. “Introducing the Discipline: The Scholarly Content of Introductory Texts.” Teaching Sociology. 23 (July):215-225.
Bruce Keith and Helen A. Moore. 1995. “Training Sociologists: Professional Socialization and the Emergence of Career Patterns.” Teaching Sociology. 23 (July):199-214.
Bruce Keith and Nicholas Babchuk. 1994. “A Longitudinal Assessment of Productivity in Prominent Sociology Journals and Departmental Prestige.” The American Sociologist. 25 (Winter):4-27.
Bruce Keith. 1994. “The Institutional Structure of Eminence: Alignment of Prestige Among Intra-University Academic Departments.” Sociological Focus. 27 (October):363-380.
Helen A. Moore and Bruce Keith. 1992. “Human Capital, Social Integration, & Tournaments: A Test of Graduate Student Success Models.” The American Sociologist. 23 (Summer):52-71.
Paul R. Amato and Bruce Keith. 1991. “Separation from a Parent During Childhood and Adult Socioeconomic Attainment.” Social Forces. 70 (September):187-206.
Paul R. Amato and Bruce Keith. 1991 . “Consequences of Parental Divorce for the Well-Being of Children: A Meta-Analysis.” Psychological Bulletin. 110 (July):26-46.
Paul R. Amato and Bruce Keith. 1991. “Parental Divorce and Adult Well-Being: A Meta Analysis.” Journal of Marriage and the Family. 53 (February):43-58.
Lynn White and Bruce Keith. 1990. “The Effects of Shift Work on the Quality and Stability of Marital Relations.” Journal of Marriage and the Family. 52 (May):53-62.
Bruce Keith and Thomas Judd. 2012. “Building Students’ Capacity to Lead: The West Point Leader Development System.” The College Curriculum: A Reader. Joseph Devitis (ed). Peter Lang. Forthcoming.
Bruce Keith. 2012. “Energizing Interdisciplinarity: Addressing Army Energy Use Through Curricular Reform at West Point.” Cases on Interdisciplinary Research Trends in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics: Studies on Urban Classrooms. Reneta. D. Lansiquot (ed.). New York: IGI Global. Forthcoming.
Thomas Judd and Bruce Keith. 2012. “Student Learning Outcomes Assessment at the Program and Institutional Levels.” Handbook on Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluation in Higher Education. Charles Secolsky and D. Brian Denison (eds). New York: Routledge, pp. 31-46.
Bruce Keith. 2012. “Building Capacity to Lead: Lessons Learned in the Evolution of West Point’s Leader Development System.” Transforming Undergraduate Education: Theory that Compels and Practices that Succeed. Donald Harward (ed.). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, pp. 349-54.
Thomas Judd and Bruce Keith. 2009. “Triangulation of Data Sources in Assessing Academic Outcomes.” Designing Effective Assessment: Principles and Profiles of Good Practice. Trudy Banta, Elizabeth Jones, and Karen Black (editors). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, pp. 46-49.
Bruce Keith and James Forest. 2006. “Managing Organizational Change Strategies: A Case Study on the Implementation of an Institutional Assessment Plan." Contexts for Learning: Institutional Strategies for Managing Curricular Change Through Assessment. Bruce Keith (editor). Stillwater, OK: New Forums Press, pages 173-198.
George B. Forsythe and Bruce Keith. 2004. “The Evolving USMA Academic Curriculum: 1952-2002.” West Point: Two Centuries and Beyond. Lance Betros (editor). West Point, NY: United States Military Academy, pp. 370-389.
My projected research activities over the next five years will likely be directed toward three distinct programs of study. First, I seek to examine the stability and reproduction of university status in higher education in order to explain the effect of various institutional mechanisms on the management of markets. Second, I intend to examine the upper limits of student growth within undergraduate experiences, centering on the identification of learning models capable of maximizing student development and providing a foundation for the cultivation of a significant life. Third, I intend to examine the application of simulation models with actual outcomes in various contexts, including those associated with education, water management, urban environments, and conflict resolution.