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Dr. Sue Maxam's Biography

Dr. Sue Maxam is the Assistant Vice President for Student Success at Pace University where she has worked since 1989 in a variety of progressively responsible leadership roles relating to retention, advising, student engagement, academic enrichment, and career services. In her current position, Sue provides oversight to all units within the Division for Student Success.

Sue has co-developed and/or provides leadership for a wide variety of student success initiatives in collaboration with various units throughout the University, including the Provost’s Undergraduate Student-Faculty Research Program; student mentoring and leadership programs; the Comprehensive Freshman Advising Program; Partnership for Advising Excellence (an advisor training, development and support program for faculty and staff); first generation empowerment programs; and numerous retention initiatives.

Sue is Past President of the New York State Cooperative and Experiential Education Association (NYSCEEA), Regional Coordinator and NYS Board Member for the ACE Network for Women Leaders in Higher Education, in addition to serving on a number of advisory boards within and outside of Pace.

Sue is the recipient of numerous awards, including: NYS ACE Catalyst Award for Women Leaders, Faculty Advisor Award; Carol Russett Award for Women Leaders in Higher Education; National Jefferson Award for Public Service (Bronze); Pace President’s Award for Staff Excellence; Pace Ally of the Year Award; Pace Diversity Leadership Award; Mental Health Association of Westchester’s ‘Making a Difference’ Award; Future Educators of America’s Commitment to Inspirational Teaching Award; Pace Outstanding Service Award for Student Centeredness; and Pace Outstanding Service Award for Teamwork, to name a few.

Sue has taught at Pace since 2000 and has created several learning communities and courses (three of which were civic engagement-oriented), related to environmental studies, peace and justice studies, cultural intelligence, and public speaking. She also co-developed and taught a doctoral course entitled Sustainability and Education.

In addition to her dissertation, Sue has co-authored several book chapters and an articles on: advising, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Autism, creating inclusive collegiate learning environments, and human trafficking.

A first generation college student, Sue holds a BA from Friends World College, an MA from New York University, and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership with a focus on social justice from Union Institute and University. In addition to her classroom experience, she has travelled throughout Latin America and Kenya doing educational outreach and volunteer work in poverty-stricken areas.

Sue is enthusiastic about guiding and interacting with students and is equally inspired by them. As she states, “Every single student is special and has something unique to offer the Pace community so I truly enjoy getting to know (and learn from!) as many of them as possible!” She also shares her advice with students. “I encourage students to take risks, go out of their comfort zones, connect with others in the Pace community (fellow students, faculty and staff!), and become engaged!”

Sue Maxam, Ed.D.
Assistant Vice President for Student Success
Mortola Library, 3rd Floor
Pace University
Pleasantville, NY 10570

1 Pace Plaza, Room Y-20
Pace University
New York, NY 10038

Office Phone: (914) 773-3849 or (212) 346-1208
Cell Phone: (914) 522-7913

Dr. Maxam is enthusiastic about guiding and interacting with students. As she states, “Every single student is special and has something unique to offer the Pace community so I truly enjoy getting to know (and learn from!) as many of them as possible!” She also shares her advice with students. “I encourage students to take risks, go out of their comfort zones, connect with others in the Pace community (fellow students, faculty and staff!), and become engaged!”