James M. Frabutt, Ph.D.
Faculty, Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program; Senior Advisor to the Provost
Jim Frabutt serves as the senior advisor to the provost at the University of Notre Dame. He supports the provost in the development and implementation of strategic projects, coordinates academic leadership teams (e.g., the Dean's Council), guides strategic initiatives and major communications in collaboration with officers and other campus leadership, and coordinates the operations of the Office of the Provost.
Frabutt is also a faculty member in Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives, where he has been part of its flagship Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) since 2007. His work in ACE has included teaching in the Mary Ann Remick Leadership and ACE Teaching Fellows Programs as well as leading various initiatives to support diverse learners; he continues to teach in the Remick Leadership Program today.
Concurrent to his duties in ACE, Frabutt served for two years as director of academic community engagement in the Office of the Provost, developing strategies to leverage the many intellectual assets of Notre Dame’s faculty for the benefit of local communities.
Frabutt holds a B.A. in psychology and Italian from Notre Dame and both an M.S. and Ph.D. in human development and family studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). The author or co-author of four books, he has employed action-oriented, community-based research approaches to areas such as parenting and child development, delinquency prevention, school-based mental health, teacher and administrator action research, racial disparities in the juvenile justice system, and community violence reduction. Prior to returning to Notre Dame, he was deputy director of UNCG’s Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships.
Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2000
M.S., Human Development and Family Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1998
B.A., Psychology & Italian, University of Notre Dame, 1995
Frabutt, J. M. (2013). Beyond academics: Supporting the mental, emotional, and behavioral health of students in Catholic schools. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
Nuzzi, R. J., Holter, A. C., & Frabutt, J. M. (2013). Striving for balance, steadfast in faith: The Notre Dame study of U.S. Catholic elementary school principals. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
Nuzzi, R. J., Frabutt, J. M., & Holter, A. C. (2012). Building assets: The strategic use of closed Catholic schools. Notre Dame, IN: Alliance for Catholic Education.
Holter, A. C., & Frabutt, J. M. (2011). Action research in Catholic schools: A step-by-step guide for practitioners (2nd edition). Notre Dame, IN: Alliance for Catholic Education Press.
Lindsey, E. W., MacKinnon-Lewis, C., Frabutt, J. M., & Chambers, J. C. (2014). Cognitive attributions and emotional expectancies predict emotions in mother-adolescent interactions. Journal of Early Adolescence, online before print, DOI: 10.1177/0272431614540525
Holter, A. C., Frabutt, J. M., & Nuzzi, R. J. (2014). Leading the way: Catholic school leaders and action research. eJournal of Catholic Education in Australasia, 1(1), Article 4, available at: http://researchonline.nd.edu.au/ecea/vol1/iss1/4
MacKinnon-Lewis, C., Lindsey, E. W., Frabutt, J. M., & Chambers, J. C. (2014). Mother-adolescent conflict in African American and European American families: The role of corporal punishment, adolescent aggression, and adolescents' hostile attributions of mothers’ intent. Journal of Adolescence, 37(6), 851–861.
Frabutt, J. M., & Waldron, R. (2013). Reaching the youngest hearts and minds: Interviews with diocesan leaders regarding Catholic early childhood education. Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice, 17(1), 5-40. Retrieved from
Frabutt, J. M., Holter, A. C., & Nuzzi, R. J. (2013). What are they saying about Catholic schools? A systematic review of the discourse on preK-12 Catholic education, 2005-2010. Journal of Research on Christian Education, 22(1), 75-96.
Hefner, M. K., Frabutt, J. M., Harvey, L. K., Di Luca, K. L., & Shelton, T. L. (2013). Resident perceptions of an overt drug elimination strategy. Journal of Applied Social Science, 7(1), 61-78.
Harvey, L. K., Di Luca, K. L., Hefner, M. K., Frabutt, J. M., & Shelton, T. L. (2013). Systematic observations of neighborhood order: Assessing the methodology in evaluating a community-based initiative. Journal of Applied Social Science, 7(1), 42-60.
Frabutt, J. M., & Speach, G. (2012). Principals’ perspectives on school mental health and wellness in U.S. Catholic elementary schools. School Mental Health: A Multidisciplinary Research and Practice Journal, 4(3), 155-169.