Molly Ott is an associate professor in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. Her research, teaching, and service focus on higher and postsecondary education. She is a faculty affiliate with MLFTC's Center for Advanced Studies in Global Education, the Center for Organizational Research and Design, located in ASU's School of Public Affairs, and the Global Sports Institute. From Fall 2012 to Spring 2019, she coordinated ASU's higher and postsecondary education master's degree. Under her leadership, ASU's program went from being unranked to recognized among the top 20 in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.
Dr. Ott earned her doctorate in higher education from the University of Michigan and also holds a master’s degree in educational policy and leadership from Marquette University as well as a bachelor’s of business administration degree from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to joining ASU, Dr. Ott was a lecturer in the higher education program at the University of Miami, and earlier in her career, she worked in residential life at Alverno College and DePauw University.
Among other outlets, her scholarship has been published in Research in Higher Education, Review of Higher Education, and the Journal of Higher Education. Dr. Ott is a reviewer for the Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, American Educational Research Journal, and Educational Policy. She is an associate editor for Educational Policy Analysis and Archives and was the 2015-17 program chair for AERA's Sports and Education SIG.