Doctoral Student Spotlights

Sara Klein

Higher and Postsecondary Education

I chose this Doctoral Program Because:
I graduated from Steinhardt's Higher Education M.A. program and had a really positive academic experience as well as strong connections with faculty. Due to their encouragement and support, I found myself thinking about a doctorate soon after I completed my M.A.
My academic passion is:
Living-Learning Communities & Issues of Social Justice
In 5 or 10 years I hope to:
work as a Vice President for Student Affairs or Dean of Students
One of the things I enjoy doing in New York City when I'm not being a doctoral student:
Shopping of course! Who says you can't shop on a doctoral student budget?
A hobby I have is:
Playing with my 8 month old daughter
My favorite place to get coffee or eat around NYU:
Irving 71 and Think Coffee
Focus of my research of scholarship:
Experiences of Black college students
I'm interested in this topic because:
As a college administrator, it is crucial that I am aware of the needs of all groups of students as they navigate the college experience and explore their identity.
Academic or other experience that most influenced my choice of doctoral study:
Spending time working in Residential Education at NYU managing a residence hall with nearly 1000 first year students!
Professor who has influenced me the most:
Matt Mayhew. He's my chair and just an all around amazing person.
Favorite course as a doctoral student:
Organizational Theory with Dr. Terry Astuto - she's an incredibly creative, critical thinker and I love her style of teaching.

Background Information

Where you grew up:
Livingston, NJ
Career Goals:
Vice President of Student Affairs
Honors, Awards, and Achievements:
Honors: American College Personnel Association Emerging Professional Annuit Coeptis Award, American College Personnel Association Roberta Christie Research & Writing Award, Publications: Ellett, T.E., Belch, H.A., Christopher, J., St. Onge, S.R., Wilson, M., Dunkel, N.W., Klein, S., Nestor, E., Robinette, S.S., & Scheuerman, T.D. (2008). Recruitment and retention of entry-level staff in housing and residence life: A report on activities sponsored by the ACUHO-I Commissioned Research Program. Association of College and University Housing Officers - International. Love, P., Bleiberg (Klein), S., Carpenter, S., Haggerty, B., Hoffman, D., Janosik, S., Lowery, J., Mamarchev, H., Mitchell, A., Ortiz, A., Pierson, T., Pope, R., Roper, L., Salvador, S., Sanlo, R., Schoper, S., Tyrell, S., & Wilson, M. (2007). Professional competencies: A report of the steering committee on professional competencies. American College Personnel Association. Teaching Experience: Adjunct Faculty at Wagner College in the Executive Masters in Business Administration, Program Webinar instructor for the American College Personnel Association and Reslife.net
Other professional or service activities:
Served as Vice President for Professional Development for the College Student Personnel Association of New York State, 2008-2010.