Marianne Reiff is an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate School of Education, and teaches in the PhD program.
Professional Title: Adjunct Professor
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Adult learning, educational leadership, group dynamics, cohort learning, dialogue education, qualitative research, academic writing, academic coaching and mentoring
Area of Work and Concentration at Lesley: Currently teaching action research courses, concentrating on developing quality online curricula and support for faculty members and students
Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: Adult Learning and Development; Qualitative Research Methods I; Qualitative Research Methods II; Leadership in Adult Learning Context; Dimensions of Learning and Teaching; Classroom and School Inquiry; Action Research and Seminar
Education: PhD in Education from University of California, Santa Barbara
Representative List of Recent Publications / Exhibitions: Reiff, M. (2008, October 15). Thoughts on hybrid discussion boards. E-Learning and Instructional Support at Lesley University. Cambridge, MA. Online blog.Ziegler, C. A., & Reiff, M. (2006, May). Adjunct mentoring, a vital responsibility in a changing educational climate: The Lesley University adjunct mentoring program. Mentoring and Tutoring, 14(2), 247-269.Reiff, M., & Darlington-Hope, M. (2005). Using the concept of consultative and deliberative voice to inform course design in higher education. Proceedings of the 54th National Adult and Continuing Education Conference: Adult Education and Learning Working for You. November 6-11, 2005. Pittsburg, PA. Available at AAACE - Bowie, MD. Mary Katherine Cooper [Editor]. Reiff, M. (2003) Education at a weekend college. In J. Vella (ed.), Dialogue Education at Work: A Case Book. San Francisco: Jossey Bass. Using Dialogue–based Education to Inform Adjunct Faculty Orientation. Training Video [presenters Marianne Reiff and Marian Darlington-Hope]. Lesley University. May 2003. Modigliani, K., Jones, S., & Reiff, M. (1986) Opening your door to children: How to start a family day care home. Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children.
After receiving her PhD in 1992 from the UC Santa Barbara Confluent Education program (a program that explored change on the intra-personal, interpersonal, and organizational levels), Marianne began teaching and working as an administrator at Tusculum College, a small school that was re-inventing itself around a mission of civic education. She worked collaboratively with faculty to re-vision curriculum, design faculty governance procedures, organize a one-course-at-a-time calendar on a traditional undergraduate campus, and implement competency-based graduation requirements. At Lesley University, she served as an Associate Professor of Education, working to teach action research courses, and helped develop and implement a mentor program for courses taught in the cohort model. Marianne has played a vital role in designing and implementing a residency-based Adult Learning and Development PhD at Lesley University. She is an advocate and mentor for adjunct faculty members and has created regional and national training events focused on strengthening learning and teaching. Currently, she is consulting with several educational institutions on alternative learning models for adults. For example, at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, she helped launch their first cohort for BA completion students, and now works as educational liaison. Marianne is an experienced trainer and works with Global Learning Partners as a consultant for Dialogue Education. Courses focus on how adults learn and how adults teach. She worked and trained with Jane Vella and continues to work in the area of adult learning and development. In addition, she is a certified trainer for True Colors Personality Style and periodically offers those workshops.
Spring 2015 Graduating Students' Dissertation Topics
All PreK-12 Graduate Education Programs
School-Based Residency Programs
Online Education Programs
School Scholarship Opportunities
Alumni/Students in the News
Graduate School of Education Home