Higher Education Administration
Short BioKarley A. Riffe, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator in the Higher Education Administration Program in the Educational Foundations, Leadership, and Technology Department. She studies the work and workers of higher education, and her research uses qualitative and quantitative methods to explore the interrelationships between higher education institutions, those who work within them, and the external environment as they affect institutional mission fulfillment.
Dr. Riffe’s work centers around the idea that the collective decisions, actions, and work of individuals within colleges and universities form the foundation of organizational change. Specifically, her work examines the changing academic profession, the influence of university trustees, the roles of support staff members, and updated notions of shared governance across diverse institutional contexts.
She has published on the organization and governance of colleges and universities and worked on several grant projects that addressed the administration and decision-making processes within and across colleges and universities.
Ph.D in Higher Education , 2018, University of Georgia
M.Ed. in Student Affairs Leadership, 2013, Widener University
B.A. in Spanish, 2010, Georgetown College
2018 - Present
Assistant Professor, Auburn University
2017 - 2018
Graduate Assistant, University of Georgia
2013 - 2014
Resident Director, Gannon University
2012 - 2013
Graduate Intern, Temple University
2011 - 2012
ACT 101 Academic Advisor , Neumann University
- Changing academic profession
- Governance in higher education
- Equity and inclusion
- Institutional stratification
- Organizational theory
- University personnel