Susan Layden, Research Analyst for Enrollment, Retention and Achievement
Office: Harder Hall 121
Susan Layden, Ph.D., is the Research Analyst for Enrollment, Retention and Achievement at Skidmore College; she also teaches in the departments of Anthropology and IGR. Before taking on this role, she was the Associate Dean of Student Affairs at Skidmore College, with responsibility for both Student Academic Services (SAS) and the Skidmore College Opportunity Program (OP). Under Sue’s guidance, the Opportunity Program at Skidmore received national recognition for its emphasis on the access and high academic achievement for first-generation under-served students in higher education. Sue's Ph.D. is in literacy education, with a focus on reading/literacy, anthropology in education and academic identities. Before coming to Skidmore, she taught in the Schenectady City School District, where she was also responsible for writing grant applications for creating a model educational program for at-risk high school students in the public schools (G.E. Scholars Program) and to support programs for young adults transitioning back to school and work from Division for Youth facilities. At Skidmore her grant writing experience includes access, support for students of color in the sciences, and for programs supporting the high academic achievement of historically under-served and under-represented students. Her teaching and research interests include: anthropology and education, critical race and gender theory in education, racial marginality and micro-aggressions in education, diversity-related discourse analysis, and race/ethnic, gender, and class relations with a special emphasis on the educational access, persistence and graduation of students of color and first-generation students in the United States.