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Dr. John J. Cheslock

Dr. John J. Cheslock
Phone: 8148658278
Office Address:
404B Rackley Building
University Park, PA 16802
Campus: University Park


Associate Professor of Education (Higher Education)
Senior Research Associate, Center for the Study of Higher Education


Education Policy Studies


Center for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE)


Higher Education


Dr. John J. Cheslock is an associate professor in the Education Policies Studies department at the Pennsylvania State University.  Dr. Cheslock obtained his Ph.D. in Labor Economics from Cornell University, where he served as a research assistant at the Cornell Higher Education Research Institute (CHERI). After graduation, he was on the faculty of the University of Arizona for eight years. 

Dr. Cheslock’s research examines the finances of colleges and universities through analysis of specific revenue sources, underlying cost structures, and the economics associated with specific activities.  His revenue-focused research primarily explores net tuition revenue, pricing strategies, and enrollment growth initiatives. His expenditure-focused research primarily examines the number and compensation of personnel. When investigating specific activities within higher education, he primarily analyzes two areas: online education and intercollegiate athletics. 

When studying organizational finances, Dr. Cheslock often examines the considerable inequality that exists across higher education institutions. He specializes in econometric techniques that describe and decompose inequality patterns. His work is also informed by a range of theoretical traditions and his experiences as an academic administrator. Although his formal training concentrated on economic theory, he also employs ideas from sociology, management, and psychology. His applied understanding of organizational finances is shaped by past administrative roles where he was tasked with the directing of a certificate program, the creation of an online master’s program, and the scaling of a professional development academy.

Courses Taught

HI ED 552: Administration and Organization in Higher Education

HI ED 801: Foundations & Fundamentals of Institutional Research

HI ED 842: Administrative Leadership in Higher Education