Carol M. Booton, Ph.D.

Independent researcher, author, and academic editor

I am a native of Portland, Oregon.
I dislike rain.
I spent 20 years in Los Angeles.
I have been an artist, a costume designer, a gardener, a secretary, a college instructor, a school bus driver, and briefly, a waitress.
English is my first language.
I studied French in high school and Spanish in college, but art was my favorite subject.
I’m a baby boomer.
I am an INFP on the MBTI.
I am a 5 on the Enneagram scale.
Four of my top five strengths are strategic.
I am an optimist.
I am an introvert.
I wrote my first book (500 pages of notebook paper) when I was 12 years old.
I love research, both academic and commercial.
I like trying to understand people, because people are interesting to me.
I like to jog, but I’m very slow, and I’m not competitive.
I once ran the L.A. marathon (very slowly). I finished.
I live with an indoor cat in a shack on the shoulder of an extinct volcano.
I enjoy reading science fiction and fantasy, especially in the bath.
I love to write. I love to read. I love to learn.
I have a half-finished screenplay (who doesn’t?)
I like to take photographs, although I’m not very good at it.
I like helping people succeed.

Research interests

Academic quality in higher education
Service quality
Marketing strategy
Marketing research for small business
For-profit higher education
Adult vocational education
Qualitative methods
Systems thinking
Art and art marketing
Work-integrated learning
Organizational development research
Small business
Coaching and training


Booton, C. M. (2013). Faculty members’ lived experiences with academic quality in for-profit on-ground gainful employment programs (Dissertation). ProQuest UMI No. 3577844.

Booton, C. M. (2016). Faculty perceptions of administrator and owner influence on academic quality in for-profit vocational higher education. Journal of Continuing Higher Education, 64 (2016), 1-13. doi: 10.1080/07377363.2016.1166833

Booton, C. M. (2016). Resubmit! 28 1/2 reasons why you can’t get your dissertation proposal approved: Overcome obstacles and achieve your dream of earning a Ph.D. Portland, OR: Crossline Press.


Northcentral University, Ph.D. Business Administration
Portland State University, B.S. Fine Art
California State University, B.S. Business Administration