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Mitch Nesler

Dr. Nesler’s primary areas of teaching include social science courses in research methods and statistics, as well as undergraduate courses in psychology and graduate courses in leadership and strategic planning.

Dr. Nesler’s research areas include social power and influence, self-presentation, and student retention. Dr. Nesler is a regular presenter at several regional and national conferences.  He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Association for Institutional Research, which is also the Parliamentarian, and serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Executive Service Corps of Tri-Cities. He is a Lifetime Member and Volunteer with the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary (DAV) and is a site visitor for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.


  • Ph.D. in Social Personality Psychology from University at Albany - State University of New York


  • Nesler, M. S. (2019). How to create an institutional environment designed for traditionally underserved learners, The EvoLLLution, January 8, 2019.

    Nesler, M. S. (2018, July 24). State takes action to strengthen nursing workforce. The Poughkeepsie Journal.

    Nesler, M. S. (2017). Using analytics to transform decision making in higher education: Patience is a virtue, The EvoLLLution, March 6, 2017.

    Davis, A. R., Nesler, M. S., & Wiley, L. (2011). The role of strategic planning in fostering innovation in adult and open higher education. Explorations in adult higher education: An occasional paper series, Summer, (1), 21-29.

    Schneeberger, N. A., & Nesler, M. S. (2006). Computer related behaviors and attitudes among non-traditional ‘education at a distance’ students: Tracking changes over time. The Journal of Continuing Higher Education, 51(1), 2-9.

    Nesler, M. S. (2004). Using the Baldrige criteria for institutional improvement: The Excelsior College outcomes assessment framework. In B. Keith (Ed.), Contexts for learning: Institutional strategies for managing curricular change through assessment (65-96). Stillwater, OK: New Forums Press.

    Nesler, M. S., Hanner, M. B., Melburg, V., & McGowan, S. (2001). Professional socialization of baccalaureate nursing students: Can students in distance nursing programs become socialized? Journal of Nursing Education, 40 (7), 293-302.

    Nesler, M. S., Aguinis, H., Quigley, B. M., Lee, S., & Tedeschi, J. T. (1999). The development and validation of a scale measuring global social power based on French and Ravin’s (1959) power taxonomy. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 29, 750-771.


    Lee, S., Quigley, B. M., Nesler, M. S., Corbett, A. B., & Tedeschi, J. T. (1999). Development of a self-presentation tactics scale. Personality and Individual Differences, 26, 701-722.

    Nesler, M. S., Sopczyk, D. L., Cummings, K. M., & Fortunato, V. J. (1998). Nursing informatics needs assessment: Are distance programs needed? Nurse Educator, 23, 25-29.

    Peinovich, P. E., Nesler, M. S., & Thomas, T. S. (1997). A model for developing an outcomes assessment plan: The Regents College outcomes assessment framework. In A. Rose & M. Leahy (Eds.), New directions for adult and continuing education: Issues in assessment, 55-64. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers.

    Aguinis, H., Nesler, M. S., Quigley, B. M., Lee, S. J., & Tedeschi, J. T. (1996). Power bases of faculty supervisors and educational outcomes for graduate students. Journal of Higher Education, 67, 267-297.

    Nesler, M. S., Tedeschi, J. T., & Storr, D. M. (1995). Context effects, self-presentation, and the self-monitoring scale. Journal of Research in Personality, 29, 273-284.

    Aguinis, H., Nesler, M. S., Hosoda, M., & Tedeschi, J. T. (1994). The use of influence tactics. Journal of Social Psychology, 134, 429- 438.

    Aguinis, H., Nesler, M. S., Quigley, B. M., & Tedeschi, J. T. (1994). Perceptions of social power: A cognitive perspective. Social Behavior and Personality, 22, 377-384.

    Tedeschi, J. T., & Nesler, M. S. (1994). Bases of social power and social influence. Inostrannaja Psichologija (Foreign Psychology), 2, 25-31.

    Nesler, M. S., Aguinis, H., Quigley, B. M., & Tedeschi, J. T. (1993). The effect of credibility on perceived power. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 23, 1407-1425.

    Nesler, M. S., Storr, D. M., & Tedeschi, J. T. (1993). The Interpersonal Judgment Scale: A measure of liking or respect? Journal of Social Psychology, 133, 237-242.

    Tedeschi, J. T., & Nesler, M. S. (1993). Grievances: Development and reactions. In R.B. Felson & J.T. Tedeschi (Eds.), Aggression and violence: Social interactionist perspectives (pp. 13-45). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.