Gabriel Reif

Research Associate - Qualitative Specialist

Gabe is a seasoned higher education researcher and program evaluator, and is currently a doctoral candidate in the Higher Education Policy, Research, and Administration program at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst. He has staffed a multitude of studies and evaluations focused on promoting the retention and success of disadvantaged college students, which were funded by organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation. Gabe’s research interests include post-secondary access and persistence, student conduct, critical theory, and delayed entry. He is passionate about diminishing achievement gaps and improving educational systems to more effectively help students reach their full potential.

Earlier in his career, Gabe spent eight years working as a student affairs administrator at an array of institutions across the Northeast. His work focused on student conduct administration and assessment, and he also held roles in admissions, orientation, first-year experience programming, and fraternity and sorority affairs. He received the New Professional of the Year Award from the Association for Student Conduct Administration, and has presented at conferences hosted by the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), and the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). Gabe received his Master of Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from the University of Vermont, and Bachelor of Science in Biology from Brandeis University.

In addition to his academic and professional pursuits, Gabe is the founder, organizer, and facilitator for a support group for new fathers. He also is a team building facilitator and ultimate frisbee coach.

Publications

Bittinger, J., Reif, G., & Kimball, E. (in press). Developmental complexity in student conduct: An extended case analysis of student board members. Journal of College Student Development.

Reif, G., Shultz, G., & Ellis, S. (2016). A qualitative study of student-centered learning practices in New England high schools. Boston, MA: Nellie Mae Education Foundation.

Reif, G. (2007).  Higher Education’s Missing Link: Examining the Gap between Academic and Student Affairs and Implications for the Student Experience. The Vermont Connection, 28, 90-99.