I teach courses in research methods and in organizational theory/behavior. My research focuses on collegiate culture/subcultures, qualitative and mixed methods research approaches, organizational effectiveness, and the doctoral student experience.”


I came to Johnson & Wales University after working for nearly 30 years as a college administrator, specializing in educational research, strategic planning, institutional accreditation, and program review/assessment.

Now, as a professor in the university’s Educational Leadership doctoral program, I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with such a vibrant and dedicated community of ELP doctoral faculty, staff, students and alumni.

I teach courses in research methods and in organizational theory/behavior. My research focuses on collegiate culture/subcultures, qualitative and mixed methods research approaches, organizational effectiveness, and the doctoral student experience.

Areas of Expertise

  • Research methods, specializing in qualitative and mixed methods designs
  • Organizational theory & behavior
  • Collegiate culture, subculture studies


  • Protecting Human Research Participants (PHRP) Certification
    National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of Extramural Research Certification
    NIH provides an online training/certification course, Protecting Human Research Participants (PHRP), that is intended for use by those involved in the design and conduct of research involving human participants.
  • Certificate in the Management of Nonprofit/Arts Organizations
    Designed for individuals working in nonprofit and/or arts organizations with special emphasis on financial management and resource development, training and supervision of staff, marketing and communications for nonprofits, and leadership in nonprofit environments.

Professional Memberships

  • American Educational Research Association, 2008-present
    Member & Special Interest Group member, conference proposal reviewer.
  • Association for Institutional Research (AIR), 1986-present
    Member & Peer Reviewer for eJournal for AIR, conference proposal reviewer.
  • Carnegie Project for the Education Doctorate (Consortium), 2014-present
    Consortium for Education Doctorate Programs in US. As an individual faculty member, I have served as a proposal reviewer.
  • International Congress on Advanced Applied Informatics: Data Science and Institutional Research, 2015-present
    Member, program committee member and conference proposal reviewer.
  • International Institute for Qualitative Methodology, 2016-present
    International group for qualitative research methods.
  • International Research Association, 2014-present
    Member, webinar participant; invited to serve on membership committee.
  • Mixed Methods International Research Association, 2014-present
  • National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, 2009-present
    Member and program proposal reviewer for national and regional conferences.
  • New England Educational Research Association, 2009-present
    Member and program proposal reviewer for annual conference; conference presenter
  • Northeast Association for Institutional Research, 1986-present
    Memberand program proposal reviewer for annual conference; workshop presenter; session chair/discussant; conference presenter; and local arrangements committee co-chair.
  • Northeast Educational Research Association, 2008-present
    Board of Directors, program proposal reviewer for annual conferences, mentoring program, graduate paper of the year reviewer, workshop presenter, session chair/discussant, conference presenter, newsletter contributor, awards committee chair.
  • Society for College and University Planning, 2000-present
    Member and editorial board for peer-reviewed journal; program proposal reviewer for annual conferences; conference presenter; session chair/discussant; and certificate program participant.

Recent Publications & Presentations

  • Braun, D., Billups, F. D., & Gable, R. K. (2017). Equity-oriented leadership:Closing intraschool achievement gaps. Journal of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, 1(1).
  • Billups, F. D. (Fall 2017). Organizational culture? Organizational climate? Is there a difference? The NERA Researcher, 56.
  • Billups, F. & Gable, R. (10/23/2016). “Pre-Conference Workshop: Mixed Methods Applications in Educational Research.” NERA Northeast Educational Research Association
  • Braun, D., Gable, R. K., & Billups, F. D. (2016). Evolving an accelerated school model through student perceptions and student outcome data. Journal of Educational Issues, 2(2).
  • Billups, F. D., Borstel, S., & DiPaola, T. (2016). Advancing a community of practice: One university’s journey to strengthen the Ed.D. and reflect CPED practices. Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate White Paper Project, 1(2),                                          
  • Billups, F. D. (Fall, 2016). Applying Krueger and Casey’s classic approach to focus group data analysis. The NERA Researcher, pp. 10-11.                                                                    http://www.nera- Fall_2016.pdf

Sample Courses

  • EDUC 7031: Organizational Theory & Behavior in Higher Education
  • EDUC 9010: Doctoral Dissertation
  • EDUC 7006: Research I: Educational Research for Higher Education Leaders
  • EDUC 9005: The Field Research Project