Michael Sean Funk
Clinical Assistant Professor of Higher Education
Michael Sean Funk is a proud alumnus of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, where he received his M.A. from the Department of Administration, Leadership, and Technology. Most recently Michael served as the Associate Director of the Academic Achievement Program (AAP) and Sophomore Advising at the New York University College of Arts and Science.
In 2012, he received his doctorate from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst Social Justice Education program. His dissertation, Making Something of It, explores The Untold Stories of Promising Black Males at a Predominately White Institution of Higher Education. In addition to working at NYU, Michael is an Associate Adjunct Professor at Smith College Graduate School of Social Work, where he serves as the Senior Bertha Reynolds Fellow. In this role he guides, teaches, and prepares aspiring clinicians how to address issues of race and racism in the field of Social Work.
Some of Dr. Funk’s note worthy accomplishments and most proud moments include: receiving a Distinguished Teaching Award in 2011 from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; induction into his High School Hall of Fame for his work surrounding issues of social justice; and collaborations with reputable diversity and inclusion consultants Romney Associates (Amherst, MA) and Ed Change (edchange.org) for various college and university institutional climate assessments.