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Master's in Higher Education and Student Affairs: Current Students

Izzy Wowk

Name: Izzy Wowk
Degree: MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs (2021)
Current Position: Graduate Assistant for Student Activities, NYU Tandon Office of Student Activities and Resource Center
"The master's program capitalizes on helping students finesse the interconnectivity between their academic studies and concurrent work experiences. I am grateful to be part of a community where diverse perspectives from both faculty and my fellow classmates are honored. Everyone's opinions and goals are explored in earnest, which has helped me learn how to be an authentic​ ​leader and passionate individual."

Josh Sewell

Name: Josh Sewell
Program: Higher Education and Student Affairs (2021)
Current position: Advisor, NYU Academic Affairs Office
“The master's program is a place of intentionality. Faculty and students are very thoughtful in bridging the gaps between literature, culture and practice. In class, I am challenged to examine how I am being inclusive ideologically and practically. This type of pedagogy cultivates an environment where equity, truth, and social justice are at the heart of my education.”

Virginia Hart

Name:​ ​Virginia Hart
Degree: MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs (2021)
Current assistantship: Graduate Coordinator for NYU Teaching & Learning Advising
“Steinhardt has given me a space to grow and explore. I am constantly learning from my peers who are passionate about different aspects of this field and come from different perspectives. What threads faculty, administrators, and students together is a drive to make higher education more equitable. I came to this master's program to learn about how I can create an intentionally inclusive place in higher education. I know that this master's program will make me a better administrator, a thoughtful researcher, and inform my practice for the rest of my career.”

Master's in Higher Education and Student Affairs: Alumni

Daniel Esquivel

Name: Daniel Esquivel
Degree: MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs (2011)
Current position: Program Manager, NYU Los Angeles
The most valuable aspect of the program has been “the opportunity to better examine international education both in the classroom and on-ground through robust study away experiences that enhance critical thinking, community development, and a deeper context for the importance of student support.”

Juan San Taveras

Name: Juan San Taveras
Degree: MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs (2020)
Current position: Operations Administrator, NYU Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools
“The master's program allows you to explore and unmask your true potential and purpose. I have discovered a whole new lens of why I love what I do, and I enjoy being able to connect with like-minded individuals who share the same passion.”

Molly Cravens

Name: Molly Cravens
Degree: MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs (2020)
Current position: Senior Assistant Director of Admissions, Oberlin College
“The master's program is incredibly diverse. In addition to having faculty from a variety of backgrounds and research areas, my peers had a wide array of professional and personal experiences that brought a mixture of opinions to the classroom and enriched my education.”

EdD in Higher Education Administration: Current Students

Marisa Mariano

Name: Marisa Mariano
Degree: EdD in Higher Education Administration (2022)
Current position: Director of Student Affairs, NYU Tisch School of the Arts
“The cohort model, supportive faculty, and curriculum content was the perfect combination for my professional journey. The conversations with both faculty and my cohort not only expanded my knowledge around student development, policy, and scholarly research, but also deepened my passion for working in student affairs and higher education.”

Elisabeth Weir

Name: Elisabeth Weir
Degree: EdD in Higher Education Administration (2021)
Current position: Director, Office of Executive Education, International Programs & Strategic Initiatives, NYU School of Professional Studies
The most valuable aspect of the program has been “developing research skills to explore the urgent practical issues facing higher education in our current environment.”

Vineet Chander

Name: Vineet Chander
Degree: EdD in Higher Education Administration (2022)
Current position: Coordinator for Hindu Life and Hindu Chaplain, Princeton University
”I was expecting to encounter thoughtful and brilliant classmates (and I have!) but I didn't realize how much they would genuinely become friends, as well. It is a blessing to know that members of my cohort have my back and I have theirs.”    

EdD in Higher Education Administration: Alumni

Danielle Mebert

Name: Danielle Mebert
Degree: EdD in Higher Education Administration (2020)
Current position: Manager of Academic Advising, NYU Tisch School of the Arts
“While I assumed pursuing a doctorate would entail a lot of solo reading and lots of writing, I met two lifelong friends in the program. We were there to bolster us academically, could bounce professional hypotheticals amongst each other, and became each other's best sounding boards. I hoped to find colleagues with similar academic, research, and professional interests; I feel particularly lucky to have found people I can call upon as colleagues and also friends for the duration of my career and beyond.”
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Hah-neef Mack

Name: Hah-neef Mack
Degree: EdD in Higher Education Administration (2020)
Current Position: Assistant Director, NY School of Law Office of Student Financial Services
“The combination of curriculum content and faculty both pushed my level of comfort as a learner and allowed me to explore the past, present, and future of higher education within my research. Working at a professional school is a sobering reminder that despite significant educational advances, student diversity in higher education remains a challenge that we must continue to address. I view my experience within Steinhardt’s Higher Ed program as an invitation to continue to contribute to the wealth of research and practice that guided me during my tenure as a student.”

Will Simpkins

Name: Will Simpkins
Degree: EdD in Higher Education Administration (2016)
Current Position: Vice President for Student Affairs, Metropolitan State University of Denver
“I consistently draw on two aspects of my NYU Steinhardt experience – engaging in public policy conversations using scholarship and philosophy, and the connections that grew out of my cohort-mates and the outstanding faculty. Whether I am speaking in front of the Colorado state legislature or developing grant proposals, the knowledge and relationships I gained from NYU are the keys to my success.” 

PhD in Higher and Postsecondary Education: Current Students

Peter Arena

Name: Peter Arena
Degree: PhD in Higher and Postsecondary Education
Current Position: Associate Director, Budget Financial Planning and Analysis, Office of Budget and Planning, New York University
“Led by supportive faculty and consisting of thoughtful colleagues, this program has given me invaluable exposure to the many critical issues facing higher education and the tools to develop my own research to contribute to the field.”

Suzanne Lyons

Name: Suzanne Lyons
Degree: PhD in Higher and Postsecondary Education (2023)
Current Position: Research Assistant and Program Associate, The Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy
“The diversity of experiences and interests among my peers, and across our courses, continues to deepen my understanding of issues feeding into and through the higher education system. The opportunity to then apply this knowledge through research alongside dedicated faculty has bolstered my commitment to bridging research, policy, and practice in the field.”

Tim Carroll

Name: Tim Carroll
Degree: PhD in Higher and Postsecondary Education (2022)
Current position: Fellow, IES Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research and Training Program
"I've learned so much from the opportunity to work closely with faculty and fellow students on a range of research projects. Collaborating with my advisor and colleagues at NYU and beyond has helped me advance my analytical skills, build an understanding of the writing and publication process, and refine how I approach my own research interests."

PhD in Higher and Postsecondary Education: Alumni

Drew Allen

Name: Drew Allen
PhD in Higher and Postsecondary Education (2015)
Current position: Associate Vice President, Institutional Data Analytics at Georgetown University; Adjunct Faculty at NYU
“The doctoral program's most valuable aspect is the diverse community of faculty, students, and alumni who all share a common passion for higher education. Steinhardt's intellectual community – representing researchers and practitioners from all types of higher education contexts and locales – exposed me to many new ideas and research inspirations. I still rely on many of the people I met in my doctoral program for continuing inspiration and professional growth.”

Maurice Shirley

Name: Maurice Shirley
Degree: PhD in Higher and Postsecondary Education (2019), MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs (2012)
Current position: Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs, Indiana University Bloomington
“The most valuable aspect of the program is its emphasis on diversity, policy, and effecting change in higher education. This emphasis helped cultivate my work in researching and advocating for underrepresented students on college and university campuses across the nation.“

Victoria Ballerini

Name: Victoria Ballerini
Degree: PhD in Higher and Postsecondary Education (2018)
Current position: Research Associate, Research for Action
“The program exposed me to the most important conversations in the higher ed field. I had many opportunities to engage with and learn from different folks, including the brilliant members of my cohort, academics, policymakers, and institutional leaders. These in-depth exchanges with different stakeholders gave me the opportunity to develop and nurture my own voice in the field.”