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Faculty Bios - Dr. Susan Phifer




    Dr. Susan Phifer
    Assistant Professor
    Email: sphifer@njcu.edu 
    Phone: (201) 200-3401
    Office: Rossey 536
    Specializations: Administration and Supervision, Home, School, & Community Relations and Partnerships, and Educational Research



    Ed.D. Organizational Leadership, University of San Francisco
    M.A. Educational Psychology, New Jersey City University
    B.A. Mathematics & Statistics, Rutgers University 


    Dr. Susan Phifer is currently an Assistant Professor in the Educational Leadership and Counseling Department in the Deborah Cannon Partridge Wolf College of Education at New Jersey City University. Born in Jersey City and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey, Dr. Phifer attended Rutgers University where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and Statistics. While working as a research associate in the Office of Institutional Research at New Jersey City University, Dr. Phifer earned her Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from New Jersey City University. Dr. Phifer left her Jersey City family in 1993 to pursue her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership at the University of San Francisco where she solidified her interests in education, research, and assessment practices.

    Prior to returning to NJCU in 2004, Dr. Phifer has held various higher education administrative positions such as Coordinator of Academic Research, and Director of Minority Recruitment and Retention at the University of San Francisco. More recently, Dr. Phifer has served as Director of Retention Services and then Coordinator of Assessment at Kean University.

    Dr. Phifer’s professional and research interest include higher education administration and management, assessment of learning, theoretical frameworks of leadership, urban education, and family and community involvement. Dr. Phifer’s commitment to family and community still brings her back to her hometown, where she served as a Professor in Residence in a middle school in Plainfield making headway in data driven decision making for school improvement for all stakeholders – parents, staff, community, and school leaders. Her recent PIR work was presented at the 2008 Professional Development Schools National Conference in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Phifer is an active member in various professional and community organizations including F.W. Cook PTO and School Leadership Council, St. Mark’s Block Association, H.E.R.T.A.G.E Inc – Helping to Enhance Resources by Incorporating The Arts and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.