Doctoral Student Spotlights

Marni Passer

Higher and Postsecondary Education

  • Marni Passer
I chose this Doctoral Program Because:
It fit my interests in Higher Education and was conveniently located in lower Manhattan. The program is nice and small so I have received plenty of personal attention and great opportunities to interact with peers both inside and outside the classroom.
In 5 or 10 years I hope to:
Be a high level administrator at a college or university
One of the things I enjoy doing in New York City when I'm not being a doctoral student:
Going out to dinner or drinks with friends
A hobby I have is:
Reading for pleasure
My favorite place to get coffee or eat around NYU:
Think Coffee
Focus of my research of scholarship:
Commuter students and how they define success for themselves in higher education
I'm interested in this topic because:
I work at a predominantly commuter institution and have seen how commuting profoundly changes students' academic experience
Academic or other experience that most influenced my choice of doctoral study:
Working as an academic advisor and realizing that in order to really affect change you have to understand and influence policy decisions
Professor who has influenced me the most:
Fran Stage, my advisor
Favorite course as a doctoral student:
Case Study & Ethnographic Inquiry
What I like most about being part of a community of doctoral students:
Feeling like there are people around you who understand what you are going through and support you on your journey

Background Information

Where you grew up:
Syracuse, NY
Career Goals:
Higher Education Administrator
Honors, Awards, and Achievements:
Administrator of the Year 2009, Long Island University Office of Career Services