Mark J. Hager, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Psychology


The best thing about teaching at Menlo? The chance to know the students, and push them – to help them to see their lives beyond Menlo, to see that this is part of the journey.”
Mark J. Hager, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Office: 650.543.3780

Education Background

  • Ph.D., Education and Psychology, University of Michigan, 2003
  • Ed.M., Education (Human Development), Harvard University, 1992
  • B.A., Human Relations, Certificate in Management, cum laude, Golden Gate University, 1988

Biography / Academic Statement


Senior psychology faculty member Mark Hager doesn’t mind students texting in his class – especially when they’re answering his questions. Using text-to-poll technology he quickly finds out whether students are getting what he’s teaching. Technology in teaching is just one of Hager’s research areas. Another is mentoring, especially in higher education; his book on that topic will be published in 2013. In his seven years on faculty at Menlo, Hager has received three teaching awards. In the courses he teaches, from introductory to advanced, he challenges students to think, communicate, and reflect.

Research Interests
  • Mentoring relationships in education: emphasis on higher education
  • Pedagogy: emphasis on use of technology in teaching in higher education
  • Social-psychological influences on faculty teaching and student learning

Professional Activities

Courses Taught
  • Empirical Research Methods & Evaluation
  • Contemporary Global Issues (Psychology Capstone Thesis)
  • Psychology of Learning & Cognition
  • Psychology of Motivation & Emotion
  • Psychology of Human Development
  • Cultural Issues in Psychology
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Freshman Interdisciplinary Seminar
Selected Publications
  • Hager, M.J. & Bellamy, J. (Eds.). (forthcoming 2013). Special Topics Issue: Reflections – Narratives of Professional Healing. Working title: Mentoring in the helping professions: Narratives of growth and change.
  • Dominguez, N. & Hager, M.J. (forthcoming 2013). Foundations of Adult Mentoring: Theoretical Frameworks in Academic and Workplace Contexts.
  • Hager, M.J., Basiel, A., Howarth, M. & Zoubir, T. (2013; forthcoming). Using the Phoebe pedagogic planner to enhance student learning and engagement in undergraduate psychology courses. In P. Blessinger & C. Wankel (Eds.), Increasing Learner Engagement through Cutting-edge Technologies. Cutting-edge Technologies in Higher Education, 5. Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing Group.
  • Clemmons, R. & Hager, M.J. (2010). Faculty & IT: Conversations and collaboration. EDUCAUSE Review, 45(2), 58-59.
Recent Presentations
  • American Educational Research Association. San Francisco. (forthcoming April 2013) Kochan, F., Dominguez, N. & Hager, M.J. et al. Creating a Comprehensive Mentoring Research Agenda: Literature Reviews and Future Directions.
  • American Educational Research Association. Vancouver, BC. (April 12-17, 2012) McMahan, S.K. & Hager, M.J. Mentoring across professions and national borders: Expanding the AERA International Mentoring Network. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting.
  • American Educational Research Association. Vancouver, BC. (April 12-17, 2012) Pascarelli, J.T., Hager, M.J., Kochan, F.K., Feldman, P., McMahan, S.K., Silver, M. & Wu, W.Y. An emerging global research agenda on mentoring. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting.
Awards & Honors
  • Charles B. Emerick Teaching Award, Menlo College, 2011
  • Summer Research Fellowship, Harris Manchester College, Oxford University, 2010
  • Faculty Service Award, Menlo College, 2010
  • Service Award, AERA Mentoring Practices Special Interest Group, 2008
  • Outstanding Contribution, American Educational Research Association, Mentorship & Mentoring Practices, 2008
  • Faculty Member of the Year, Menlo College, 2007 & 2008