Meghan Pifer

meghan pifer

Dr. Pifer's curriculum vitae [PDF]


Dr. Pifer studies colleges and universities as organizational contexts, and is interested in understanding the ways in which identity and individual characteristics, and interpersonal networks and relationships, within those contexts shape both individual and organizational outcomes. Her prior research includes consideration of the mentoring experiences of underrepresented students in geosciences, doctoral students across disciplines and identity characteristics, and faculty members at various career stages. Her work has been published in outlets such as the Journal of Higher Education, The American Journal of Education, and the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Her current research includes studies of faculty behavior in the organizational contexts of academic departments, faculty experiences in liberal arts colleges, and identity-based experiences in the academy. Prior to joining the UofL, Pifer held faculty positions at Widener University in Chester, PA and Lock Haven University (part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education) in Lock Haven, PA.

Educational Background

  • PhD, Higher Education 2010
    The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
  • Certificate in College Teaching 2008
    The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
  • EdM, Higher Education Administration 2004
    Boston University, Boston, MA
  • BA, Philosophy and Literature, cum laude 2001
    The University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown, PA

Honors & Awards

  • NAC&U; Faculty Ambassador, Widener University 2014-2016
  • Faculty Pedagogical Fellow, Widener University 2014-2015
  • Interdisciplinary Discussion Group Small Grant ($400), Widener University 2013-2014
  • Sponsored Participant, Executive Coaching Program, Widener University 2013-2015
  • Service Learning Faculty Fellow, Widener University 2012-2013; 2014-2015
  • Graduate Student Conference Travel Grant, Penn State University 2009
  • Lavanda P. Muller Graduate Fellow in Education, Penn State University 2007-2008
  • Robert W. Graham Endowed Fellow, Penn State University 2005-2006
  • The Pittsburgh Foundation / Mervin Feldman Scholarship 1999-2000
  • Kappa Delta Pi, Chi Gamma chapter inducted 2012
  • Pi Lambda Theta, Alpha Gamma chapter inducted 2004

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Baker, V. L., Lunsford, L. G., & Pifer, M. J. (under contract). Developing faculty in liberal arts colleges: Aligning individual needs and organizational goals. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
  • Crisp, G., Griffin, K. A., Baker, V. L., Lunsford, L. G., & Pifer, M. J. (forthcoming, 2016). Mentoring Undergraduate Students, ASHE Higher Education Report Series.
  • Pifer, M. J., & *Riffe, K. A. (forthcoming, 2016) Working-class academics at work. In A. Standlee (Ed.), On the borders of the academy: Challenges and strategies for first generation and working-class graduate students and faculty. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Graduate School Press.
    * graduate student co-author
  • Pifer, M. J. (2016, forthcoming). His, hers, and ours: Gendered roles in departmental networks. NASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education.
  • Pifer, M. J., Baker, V. L., & Lunsford, L. G. (2016). The functions of academic departments in liberal arts colleges. Journal for the Study of Postsecondary and Tertiary Education, 1, 233-252.
  • Greer, J., Baker, V. L., Pifer, M. J., Lunsford, L. G., & Ihas, D. (2016). Documenting the Aspiration Gap in Institutional Language about Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Work. Innovative Higher Education, 42(2). doi: 10.1007/s10755-016-9372-9
  • Pifer, M. J., & Baker, V. L. (2016). Professional, personal, and relational: Exploring the salience of identity in academic careers. Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research, 16(3), 190-205. doi: 10.1080/15283488.2016.1190729
  • Baker, V. L., Pifer, M. J., & Lunsford, L. G. (2016, November). Transforming faculty development in the 21st century liberal arts college. Paper presented at the Professional and Organizational Development conference, Louisville, KY.
  • Baker, V. L., Lunsford, L. G., Pifer, M. J., Greer, J., & Ihas, D. (2016, July). Faculty across career stages and contexts: Building capacity for undergraduate research. Symposium presented at the Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research Conference, Elon, NC.
  • Pifer, M. J., Baker, V. L., & Lunsford, L. G., (2016, April). The faculty experience in liberal arts colleges. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC.