Karley Riffe works on an NSF-funded project with Drs. Sheila Slaughter, Barrett J. Taylor, and Sondra N. Barringer to evaluate how university trustees connect AAU institutions to the larger economy. Additionally, Riffe serves as a Research Assistant on a TIAA-sponsored project with Dr. Jim Hearn, which addresses the influence of the growing use of contingent faculty members on institutional outcomes. Riffe’s own research explores the nature of faculty work and the changing academic profession within different institutional contexts across colleges and universities in the United States. Riffe has presented research papers at both the ASHE and AERA conferences and was selected to be a Graduate Student Representative for Division J (Postsecondary Education) of AERA.