Karley Riffe

Assistant Professor

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Office: 4072 Haley Center

Units: Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership, and Technology

Campus Mail: 4036 Haley Center

Email: kar0068@auburn.edu

Phone: (334) 844-3068

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Academic Area

Higher Education Administration

Short Bio

Karley 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

Professional Experience

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

Research Interests

  • Changing academic profession
  • Governance in higher education
  • Equity and inclusion
  • Institutional stratification
  • Organizational theory
  • University personnel