James A. Bernauer, Ed.D.
Professor of Education (Education)
412-397-6028 phone (M)
412-397-6044 fax
Nicholson Center 419

Educational Background

  • Doctorate of Education, Policy, Planning, and Evaluation, University of Pittsburgh, 1991
  • Master of Business Administration, University of Pittsburgh, 1985
  • Master of Education, Deaf Education, University of Pittsburgh, 1972
  • Bachelor of Science, Secondary Education-Social Studies, University of Dayton, 1970

Professional Background

  • Taught junior high school and high school as well as deaf students at a residential school. Vice President of corporate planning and marketing at Dollar Bank. Taught in masters and doctoral program at Boston College, University of Pittsburgh, and Duquesne University. Also served as Associate Director of a large scale assessment project for Boston College in Boston city schools.

Area of Expertise/Research

  • Instruction and Learning (K-higher education, Corporate Training --experience in corporate, non-profit, and military); Expertise ("Blue" and "White" Collar); Qualitative Methodology


  • Bernauer, J.A. (2020). Metamemories of schooling: An autoethnographic inquiry. Journal of Information Technologies and Lifelong Learning (JITLL), 3(1), 159-169. DOI: 10.20533/jitll.2633.7681.2020.0020
  • Bernauer, J.A. (2020). Using performances in a flipped classroom setting. Learning Landscapes, 13, 53-66.
  • Bernauer, J. A., Rook, R. L., Swab, J. A., Bernauer, M. P., & Bernauer, P. (2020). Teaching and Learning Qualitative Inquiry Online and Impacts on Family Life. The Qualitative Report, 25(4), 1060-1081. Retrieved from

  • Bernauer, J.A.(2020). How calls for research can awaken self-reflexivity and latent interests in scholarly inquiry. Journal of Education, 78, 10-22.
  • Bernauer, J.A. (2019). Rudy and Me: A Man and Dog’s Joint Exploration of Their Neighbourhood and Implications for the Transformation of Schooling and Education Research. Educational Research for Social Change, 8(1), 1-13. 4070/2018/v8i1a1

  • Bernauer, J.A., Bernauer, M.P., and Bernauer, P.J. (2017). A family affair: Caring in teaching and implications for teacher and researcher preparation. Brock Education Journal, 26(2), 4-15.
  • Bernauer, J.A. & Fuller, R.G. (2017). Beyond measurement-driven instruction: Achieving deep learning based on constructivist learning theory, integrated assessment, and a flipped classroom approach. Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 28(2), 111-132.
  • Tomei, L.A., Bernauer, J.A., & Moretti, A. (2016). Developing a center for teaching excellence: A higher education case study using the integrated readiness matrix. Lanaham, MD: Rowman Littlefield.
  • Bernauer, J.A., & Tomei, L. A. (2015). Integrating pedagogy and technology: Improving teaching and learning in higher education. Lanham, MD: Rowman Littlefield.
  • Bernauer, J.A. (2015). Opening the ears that science closed: Transforming qualitative data using oral coding. The Qualitative Report, 20(4), 406-416.
  • Bernauer, J.A. (2015). Reflections on Catholic education in the USA: A dialogue across generations from the 1950s to the 2000s. International Studies in Catholic Education.
  • O'Dwyer, L. M. & Bernauer, J.A. (2014). Quantitative research for the qualitative researcher. Los Angeles, CA: Sage.
  • Bernauer, J.A. (2013, September). The serendipitous shoemaker: Creativity and passion in participant selection. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung/Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 14(3), Art. 11. http//
  • Bernauer, J.A., Lichtman, M., Jacobs, C., & Robertson, S. (2013, August). Blending the old and the new: Qualitative data analysis as critical thinking and using Nvivo with a generic approach. The Qualitative Report, 18, 1-10.
  • Bernauer, J. A. (2012). The unfolding of methodological identity: An autobiographical study using humor, competing voices, and twists. The Qualitative Report, 17(69), 1-18.
  • Kalevitch, M. Holdan, G., Maurer, C., Sirinterlikci, A., Badger, P., Iannelli, J., Semich, G., & Bernauer, J. (2012). Building a community of scholars: One university's story of students engaged in learning science, mathematics, and engineering through a NSF S-STEMs grant.
  • Bernauer, J., Davis, C., & Tomei L. (2012). The integrated readiness matrix. A synergy of pedagogy and technology for educational leadership. In V.C. X. Wang (Ed.). Technology and its impact on educational leadership: Innovation and change. (pp. 152-171). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Powell, J.C., Bernauer, J. & Agnihorti, V. (2011). Learning from incorrect answers on multiple choice tests: Implications for a new teaching paradigm. In Isaias, P. et al. Towards learning and instruction in web 3.0 advances in cognition and educational psychology. New York: Springer. ISBN: 978-972-8939-27-4.
  • Bernauer, J.A., Davis, C.T., & Tomei, L.A. (2011). Intergrated resadiness matrix: A new model for integrating pedagogy and technology into higher education faculty development. In V.C. X. Wang (Ed.), E-Leadership, Counseling, and Training. (pp. 171-187). doi: 10.4018/978-1-61350-068-2.ch013.
  • Bernauer, J. (2002, Winter). Ten steps for continuous school improvement. Kappa Delta Pi Record. Volume 38, No. 2
  • Bernauer, J. (1999, Winter). Emerging standards: Empowermrnt with a purpose. Kappa Delta Pi Record, Volume 38, No. 2.
  • Bernauer, J. (1998). Teachning for measurable outcomes. Journal of Excellence in College Teaching, Volume 9, No. 2.
  • Bernauer, J. & Cress, K. (1997, September). How school communities can help redefine accountability assessment. Phi Delta Kappan, 79(1), 71-75.
  • Bernauer, J. (1996, October). The power of partnering. Technological Horizons in Education Journal, 24(3), pp. 71-73.
  • Bernauer, J. (1991). Using state data for improving urban schools. Pennsylvania Educational Policy Studies (Policy Paper No. 11). Learning Research and Development Center, University of Pittsburgh.
  • Bernauer, J. (1991). Variation in achievement among urban schools and implications for state education policy. (Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Pittsburgh).
  • Cooley, W. & Bernauer, J. (1991). School comparisons in statewide testing programs. In R. Stake (Ed.), Advances in program evaluation (pp. 159-170). London: JAI Press Inc.


  • 2021 - Bernauer, J.A., Chatfield, S.L., Cooper, R., Lichtman, M., Mangrum, R., & Snyder, M. (2021). To what extent should qualitative inquiry be scientific? Paper presented at the 2021 Qualitative Report 12th Annual Conference, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
  • 2020 - Bernauer, J.A. An autoethnographic inquiry of transformed memories of schooling. Paper presented at the 2020 London International Conference on Education, London, England.
  • 2020 - Bernauer, J., Semich, G. & Taylor, N. (2020). Three Models of Integrated Assessment. In D. Schmidt-Crawford (Ed.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1068-1078). Online: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved April 25, 2020 from
  • 2020 - Bernauer, J.A., Cope, K.F., Foster, S.L., Rook, R.L., & Swab, J.A. (2020). Learning online: A dialogue among doctoral graduates and professor for improving learning and teaching. Paper presented at the 2020 Qualitative Report 11th Annual Conference, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
  • 2019 - Bernauer, J.A., Bernauer, M.P., Bernauer, P.J., Rook, R.L., & Swab, J.A. (2019). Teaching and learning qualitative inquiry and impacts on family life. Paper presented at the 2018 Qualitative Report 10th Annual Conference, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
  • 2018 - Bernauer, J.A., Bernauer, M.P., & Bernauer, P.J. (2018). Meta-Memories: A phenomenological auto-ethnographic inquiry of transformed memories in family research. Paper presented at the 2018 Qualitative Report 9th Annual Conference, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
  • 2017 - Bernauer, J.A., Bernauer, M.P., & Bernauer, P.J. (2017). Caring in teaching and implications for research. Paper presented at the 2017 Qualitative Report 8th Annual Conference, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
  • 2016 - Bernauer, J.A., Lichtman, M. & Mogadime, D. (2016). Authentic educational research: A more valid way to conduct research about teaching and learning. Paper presented at the 2016 Qualitative Report 7th Annual Conference, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
  • 2015 - Bernauer, J. Transforming qualitative data using oral coding. Paper presented at the 2015 Qualitative Report 6th Annual Conference, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
  • 2014 - Bernauer, J., Keibler, V., & Lichtman, M.Qualitative research and the IRB: Where is the control group? A play in three acts. Paper presented at the 2014 Qualitative Report 5th Annual Conference, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
  • 2013 - Bernauer, J., Jacobs, C., Lichtman, M., & Roberstson, S. Blending the old and the new: Qualitative data analysis as critical thinking. Paper presented at the 2013 Qualitative Report 4th Annual Conference, NOVA Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
  • 2012 - Bernauer, J. The reluctant shoemaker: The case for serendipity in participant selection. Paper Presented at The Qualitative Report 3rd Annual Conference, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
  • 2011 - Bernauer, J. Eleven twists to identity. Paper Presented at the 2011 Qualitative Report 2nd Annual Conference, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
  • 2010 - Powell, J.C., Bernauer, J.A., & Vishnuteerth, A. An analysis of answer selection patterns from multiple choice items. Proceedings of the 2010 Cognition and Exploratory Learning for the Digital Age (CELDA). Timisoara, Romania: International CELDA Conference. ISBN: 978-972-8939-28-1.
  • 2010 - Bernauer, J. & Powell, J. Data mining of both right and wrong answers from a mathematics and science M/C test given collectively to 11,228 students from India in years 4,6, and 8. Proceedings of the Third Annual International data Mining Conference, Carnegie Mellon Unversity, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • 1996 - Technology and leadership. Paper Presented at the 1996 American Educational Research Association. New York [ERIC: ED 394 503].
  • 1992 - The usefulness of state data for supporting local school improvement efforts. Paper Presented at the 1992 American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.
  • 1991 - An evaluation of characteristics related to efective urban schooling and implications for state educational policy. Presented at the 1991 at the Pennsylvania Educational Research Association, Harrisburg, PA.