PhD, 2018

Karley Riffe researches changes to the academic profession in the United States and specifically the the implications of academic appointment type at public, comprehensive institutions. While pursuing her degree, Riffe contributed to three externally-funded projects with IHE faculty members. After her May 2018 graduation, she accepted a faculty position at Auburn University.

She was the recipient of the J. Douglas Toma Excellence in Scholarship and Service Award in 2017 for her academic achievements and institutional engagement, and she was also selected to be a graduate student representative for Division J (Postsecondary Education) of AERA.

 “IHE has given me opportunity after opportunity to develop both as a researcher and as a member of the scholarly community,” she says. “My decision to pursue my doctorate here is consistently reaffirmed by my interactions with IHE students, staff, and faculty, and I look forward to building on what I’ve learned here after graduation.”

Karley Riffe has worked with Drs. Sheila Slaughter, Barrett J. Taylor, and Sondra N. Barringer on an NSF-funded project to evaluate how university trustees connect AAU institutions to the larger economy. Additionally, she served as a research assistant on a TIAA-sponsored project with 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.

Friday, June 12, 2020 - 9:14am

A team of scholars with ties to the Institute "explore[s] trustees’ involvement in a qualitative comparative case study of four elite US research universities." 

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 1:28pm

Three doctoral students in the Institute of Higher Education were honored at a special awards luncheon hosted by IHE on October 6, 2017.

Monday, June 20, 2016 - 8:38am

IHE doctoral student Karley A. Riffe has been appointed to serve as a Graduate Student Representative for Division J of AERA in 2016-2018.