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Advanced Studies Leadership & Policy

Robin Spaid

Dr. Robin Spaid

Associate Professor, Community College Leadership Program, Advanced Studies Leadership & Policy

Office: Banneker 200D
Phone: (443) 885-1903


Ed.D. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Dr. Robin Spaid earned her doctorate from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and was an American Council on Education Fellow, 1994-95. She has a robust background in higher education with 30 years of experience working with public and private universities and colleges as well as community colleges. Her experience includes working at several different institutions and teaching in a variety of formats-- traditional, accelerated, internet, etc. Prior to accepting the faculty position at Morgan State University in Fall 2008, she worked for five years as the Director of Mount Olive College at the Triangle in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. This location serves adult students and only offers accelerated cohort degree-completion programs for undergraduates. In addition, Dr. Spaid worked for 25 years with community colleges in a variety of instructional administrative positions. Her presentations and publications topics include marketing, accelerated cohort programs, part-time faculty, leadership, equity issues, and workforce development programs.

Dissertation Topic: Community College, Continuing Education Deans and Directors Management and Leadership Tasks.

Classes Taught:

  • The American Community College (EDHE 600)
  • The American College Student (RDHE 725)
  • Student Affairs Administration (RDHE 735)
  • Urban and Special Missions Institutions/Student Affairs (RDHE 755)
  • Research Practicum (RDHE 889)
  • Dissertation Guidance (RDHE 997)
  • Dissertation Seminar (RDHE 998)
  • Dissertation Project (RDHE 999)

Research Interests:  

Food Insecurity in Community College Students; Equity issues;  Workforce Development Programs; Student Success

Selected Publications:

Spaid, R., Gillett-Karam, R., Liburd, L.,  Monroe, D., & Thompson-Johnson, T. (2021).  Sustenance for success: Connections between  community college students and food insecurity.  Journal of Applied Research in Community Colleges,  28(1), 63-79.

Gillett-Karam, R. & Spaid, R. L. (2019).  Mission evolution and international community  colleges. In U. Gaulee (Ed.), Global adaptations  of community college infrastructure. (pp. 24 – 34). Hershey PA, USA: IGI Global.

Spaid, R. L. and Duff, E. D. (2009) Working adults in accelerated cohorts: More than a learning community. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Spaid, R.L. and Parsons, M.H. (1998) Chairs and deans: Views from the top, the bottom and in-between. In R. Gillett-Karam (Ed.) New Directions for Community Colleges: Strengthening Management at the Mid-level: The Department Chair, Jossey-Bass.

Spaid, R.L. (1995). Two years and out the door: Community colleges and welfare reform. American Association for Women in Community Colleges Journal.

Spaid, R. L. and Parsons, M. H. (1993). Technology transfer: Continuing education's hidden treasure for the 21st century. Community Services Catalyst, XXIII, 1, 3-6.

Spaid, R. L. and Parsons, M. H. (1990). Following time's necessity: CS/CE structure and leadership for the 1990's. Community Services Catalyst, XX,3, 8-11.

Spaid, R. L. and Parsons, M. H. (1988). New targets for opportunities: Broadening funding for noncredit programs. Community Services Catalyst, XVII, 3, 11-14.

Spaid, R. L., Dalrymple, L. W., and Harter, A. D. (1988). Helping low-income women achieve academic success. Community Services Catalyst, I,3, 25-26.