Located in the heart of New York City within 45 minutes of 75 different academic institutions, Pace attracts higher education and student affairs administrators with significant experience in the field. Our distinguished faculty members are not only experts in practice, but have held senior leadership roles for years, some even for decades. The faculty are accessible, supportive, and eager to share their expertise with online Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs students.
Shawn O’Riley, EdD
An experienced educator and administrator, Shawn O’Riley, EdD is a passionate higher education practitioner who is instrumental in the design and direction of the Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs program at Pace.
From senior citizens to international students to online learners, O’Riley has a wealth of experience working with nontraditional students of all kinds. He spent nearly a decade of his career in market research before becoming a nontraditional student himself. Having not started in higher education through the typical career ladder, O’Riley is well-qualified to help aspiring administrators to apply their current skill set to the field of higher education.
O’Riley earned his EdD in Higher and Postsecondary Education from New York University. He holds an MS in Higher Education Administration from Baruch College, an MA in Teaching from Pacific University, and a graduate certificate in Quality Assurance in Higher Education from the University of Melbourne. He also holds a BBA in Marketing from the University of Iowa.
Sue Maxam, EdD
Sue Maxam is the assistant vice president for student success at Pace University where she has worked for three decades in a variety of progressively responsible leadership roles relating to student engagement, retention, advising, academic enrichment/support and career services.
In her current position, Sue provides oversight to five units, focusing on creating a transformative student experience. Sue has created and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in peace, justice and sustainability and is active in a wide variety of social and environmental justice initiatives on and off campus. She has won numerous awards for leadership, mentoring, student engagement, advising and teaching, including the NYS American Council on Education (ACE) Women’s Network Catalyst Award for Women Leaders; Pace University’s Diversity Leadership Award; Pace University Ally of the Year Award; Jefferson Award for Public Service; Future Educators of America’s Inspirational Teaching Award; and many others.
Sue holds a B.A. in Psychology and Human Services from Friends World College, an M.A. in Latin American Studies from NYU, and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership with a focus on Social Justice. She has done extensive volunteer and educational outreach work in Latin America and Africa.
Rachel Carpenter, MS
Rachel Carpenter is a higher education administration expert with a wealth of experience in student affairs. She is currently working on her dissertation which focuses on interpersonal relationships, emotions, affect, and team dynamics.
In her time at Pace, Carpenter has served as an adjunct professor, the director of student development and campus activities, and the assistant dean for assessment and planning. Prior to working at Pace, Carpenter worked in student affairs at the University of Evansville in Indiana where she served as the dean and assistant dean of students. She also served as the dean of students at Harlaxton College in the United Kingdom.
She is currently earning her doctorate in Business at Pace University. She also holds an MS in Public Service Administration and a BA in International Studies, both from the University of Evansville.
Todd Smith-Bergollo, M.A.
Todd Smith-Bergollo has been working in the field of Student Affairs on urban campuses for over 20 years.
With experience in residence life, student activities, multicultural affairs, and LGBTQA student services, he has an impressive background working with students in a variety of contexts. He currently serves as the Assistant Dean for Students at Pace University on the NYC campus. He has spent much of his career focusing on diversity and inclusion and has presented on these topics on campuses across the country.
He finds energy in helping students discover who they are and what they are passionate about. He co-authored a chapter in the recent book, Crisis, Compassion and Resiliency in Student Affairs, and enjoys developing new professionals in the field.
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