Exploring Scholarly Productivity, Supports, and Challenges of Multinational, Female Graduate Students During a Global Pandemic


  • Dr. Chance Fort Hays State University https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3806-5953
  • Dr. Farwell Middle Tennessee State University
  • Dr. Hessmiller North Carolina A&T State University (Retired)




Graduate Education, Graduate Students, Pandemic, COVID-19, Doctoral Students, Research Assistant, Graduate Teaching Assistants, Ph.D. Students, Dissertation, Women Academics


The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic led to shifts in higher education globally. This study reports the tensions multinational women graduate students experienced due to the change in delivery methods caused by the pandemic. Additionally, they examined how the students felt about their changing roles and lived experiences. This study highlights areas that institutions should address along with the type and level of support provided to their graduate student population. The authors recommend that institutions focus on providing equitable resources for graduate students, help to develop a support network, both in-person and online, provide resources to maintain a healthy work-life balance, and provide outlets to reduce the stress involved in graduate study.


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Author Biographies

Dr. Farwell, Middle Tennessee State University

Dr. Farwell is a tenured associate professor of advertising and public relations at Middle Tennessee State University. She is the current advertising concentration head and School of Journalism internship coordinator. Dr. Farwell holds a Ph.D. and concurrent master's degree from Arizona State Univeristy. Prior to employment at MTSU, Dr. Farwell taught public relations at Arizona State University and advertising and public relations at Morehead State University.

She has been acknowledged for outstanding service to student success-winning the Edward Kimbrell Award for Teaching Excellence (2012) and the School of Journalism Outstanding Faculty Adviser (2012, 2013). Her work with the advertising campaigns class has garnered top-place in national competitions in 2008 and 2013.

In addition to the awards, Dr. Farwell has received grants from MTSU’s President’s Commission on the Status of Women (2009, 2011), MTSU’s Public Service Grant (co-authored with Dr. Joonghwa Lee, 2012) and special funding for the advertising concentration from EdVenture Partners.

Dr. Hessmiller, North Carolina A&T State University (Retired)

Dr. Hessmiller is a retired; yet seasoned academic who taught social work practice at the undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate levels. Her primary focus of practice and main research interests include everyday democracy and deliberation, health disparities, and their connection to economic human rights and professional education. Her work has also long been focused on developing a claim for economic, social, and cultural human rights in the United States. A longtime member of the Social Welfare Action Alliance (formerly the Bertha Capen Reynolds Society), where she serves as the Co-Chair of the SWAA National Faculty Network.


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How to Cite

Chance, N., Farwell, T., & Hessmiller, J. (2022). Exploring Scholarly Productivity, Supports, and Challenges of Multinational, Female Graduate Students During a Global Pandemic . Journal of Comparative & International Higher Education, 14(3 (Part 1). https://doi.org/10.32674/jcihe.v14i3 (Part 1).4168



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