Doctoral Student Spotlights

Michael Fried

Higher and Post-Secondary Education

I chose this Doctoral Program Because:
I chose this program because of the intentional way the coursework supported the dissertation process and because of the wide academic resources outside of Steinhardt that could inform my area of interest.
My academic passion is:
Using research and theoretical knowledge to improve the practice of student affairs.
One of the things I enjoy doing in New York City when I'm not being a doctoral student:
Going to the theater with discounted tickets.
A hobby I have is:
Cooking and baking, even in my tiny Manhattan kitchen.
Focus of my research and scholarship:
Examining the employment experiences of student affairs professionals, specifically the relationship between job socialization, work commitment and intentions to leave the field.
I'm interested in this topic because:
Higher education is often so focused on students that those supporting the students are ignored.
Professor who has influenced me the most:
Matt Mayhew
Research project I've most enjoyed working on:
My dissertation, because it has pushed me to deepen my understanding of theory and research methods beyond what I learned in my coursework.
Favorite course as a doctoral student:
Introduction to Qualitative Methods
What I like most about being part of a community of doctoral students:
Having a group of colleagues who understand and appreciate the experience, including the highs and lows.
My favorite place to get coffee or eat around NYU:
Think Coffee

Background Information

Where you grew up:
Long Island, NY
Career Goals:
An administrative position in Student Affairs that involves both the research and practice of Student Affairs.