About the School of Professional And Career Education
Dr. Andrea Keener
Dean and Professor of Behavioral Sciences
Born and raised in Germany, Dr. Andrea Keener attended the Universitaet Heidelberg before moving to the United States and subsequently earning a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida. Dr. Keener received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Florida International University. She holds the rank of Full Professor of Behavioral Sciences at Barry University in Miami, Florida, where she also serves as Dean for the School of Professional and Career Education. She is a licensed therapist, Certified Master’s Level Addiction Professional (MCAP), and Qualified Supervisor in the State of Florida.
Dr. Keener’s research interests focus on positive psychology, anxiety disorders, children’s reactions to trauma, community responses to trauma, and substance abuse treatment. Her strength-based counseling approach extends to her teaching and supervision work. For over a decade, she has worked with mental health professionals and first responders in an effort to address anxiety and post-traumatic stress in children, families, and communities. She has served as consultant to the Terrorism and Disaster Center of the University of Oklahoma’s Health Sciences Center, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine Disaster and Extreme Event Preparedness Center (DEEP Center).
Dr. Judith Brown
Associate Dean of Experiential Learning and Director of the Portfolio Program
Dr. Carole Huberman
Associate Dean Business Process
Dr. Carole Huberman received her doctoral degree from the Union Institute and University in Public Policy and Feminist Scholarship. Prior doctoral work was also performed at Penn State in Public Affairs in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In addition to the academic work performed at both Union Institute and Penn State, Dr. Huberman holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania, Fels School of Government. Her research agenda includes both public sector and private sector topics given that Dr. Huberman holds a Masters Degree in Accounting-Tax Law from Temple University. At Temple, she performed undergraduate work in Business Administration. Dr. Huberman is a licensed Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Fraud Examiner and a Certified Forensic Accountant. In 2010, Dr. Huberman won the Bright Lite award from Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government for her work in Government Innovation and Change Management during a time of fiscal austerity.
In addition to her administrative duties, Dr. Huberman holds faculty rank as an assistant professor and teaches in both the Masters of Public Administration and Administration curriculums at ACE.
Prior to joining Barry University, Dr. Huberman was the Chief Audit Executive for the Pennsylvania Department of Treasury.
Marie Ange Levasseur
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
Dr. Stephen Sussman
Associate Dean Academic & Student Affairs
Dr. Stephen Sussman is an Associate Professor of Public Administration in the School of Professional and Career Education (PACE) at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida, where he teaches in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Bachelor of Public Administration (BPA) programs. He earned his MPA (1993) and Ph.D. (1999) in Political Science from Georgia State University. His current teaching interests include public policy analysis and evaluation, research methodology, and nonprofit administration. His current research interests include emergency management and disaster preparedness policy, nonprofit management and administration, and modern antisemitism studies. Dr. Sussman has authored and coauthored numerous articles, conference papers, and book chapters.
Dr. Sussman served/serves as an elected member of Barry University's Faculty-Senate, Graduate Council, Undergraduate Council, Academic Affairs Committee, and numerous other PACE and university committees and taskforces. Dr. Sussman serves as a peer-reviewer for the Journal of Online Learning and Teaching. He serves on the Undergraduate Committee of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). In 2008, he was appointed National Fundraising Chair for the 2009 American Society of Public Administration, National Conference. In 2007, Dr. Sussman was appointed to a U.S. Department of Education Federal Rule-Making Committee as a primary negotiator for regulations relating to the General Provisions for the Title IV programs of the Higher Education Act of 1965.
In addition to his university service, he serves/served on the board of directors in Palm Beach County for Jewish Family and Children's Services, Jewish Residential and Family Service, the Commission for Jewish Education (Vice Chair), American Jewish Committee, Community Partners (Vice Chair), the Jewish Community Relations Council of Palm Beach County (Chair), Partnership2gether (P2G) at the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County (Chair). P2G is a program sponsored by the Jewish Agency of Israel, Vice-President of the Palm Beach Synagogue, and Advisory Board member of the Gross Family Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust. In 2007, Dr. Sussman was named an American Jewish Committee (AJC) Loewenstein Fellow, and was the recipient of the American Jewish Committee's Benjamin Loewenstein Memorial Emerging Leaders Award. As a Fellow, he served on the AJC Washington, DC-based Congressional National Advocacy Taskforce.
Dr. Sussman is engaged in professional development. In December 2013, he completed a Professional Certificate in Organizational Leadership through NeighborborWorks America. NeighborWorks America is a congressionally created organization, with a mission to promote neighborhood reinvestment in affordable housing and community development. In 2016, Dr. Sussman completed a series of seven professional development courses in emergency management, through FEMA's Emergency Management Institute.
In July/August 2016, Dr. Sussman was a scholar in residence at the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy, Summer Institute for Curriculum Development in Critical Antisemitism Studies, at the University of Oxford's St. Antony's College, Oxford, United Kingdom.
In January, 2016, Dr. Sussman was appointed as an Affiliated Professor (honorary) of the University of Haifa, In Haifa, Israel.
Dr. Sussman was on Sabbatical from August-December, 2016. Project Title: Jewish Migration in 19th and 20th Century Eastern Europe-A Study of Political and Bureaucratic Decision-Making.
Selected Peer Reviewed Publications And Conference Presentations:
Sussman, S., "Interest Group and Pluralism” in John Ishiyama and Marijke Breuning, eds., 21st Century Political Science (Sage, 2010); Sussman, S., & Dutter, L. (2010). Comparing Student Learning Outcomes in Face-To-Face and Online Course Delivery. Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, Winter 2010 - Volume 13 Issue 4; Sussman, S., & Loutzenhiser, K. (April 2013). Defining and Assessing Performance Measures in Nonprofit Housing Organizations. Midwest Political Science Association. Chicago, Ill; Sussman, S. (April, 2015). Leadership and Governance: Community-Based Nonprofit Accountability. Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Ill; Sussman, S. (April 2015). Roundtable: Online Teaching and Learning panelist. Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Ill; Sussman S., & Loutzenhiser, K. (April 2015). Planning Ahead: First Responder Readiness for a Disaster. Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Ill; Sussman S., Kelly M., & Meloun, J. (January 2016). Integrating Media Sharing Websites into University Curricula for Adult Learning Delivery: An Andragogical Approach. Southern Political Science Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Sussman, S (October 21, 2016). Panel: Building Undergraduate Programs. This panel seeks to inform how various kinds of undergraduate Public Administration/Affairs/Policy programs have been designed and implemented, and what the development of undergraduate programs means for the future of public service education. Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) Annual Conference. Columbus, Ohio
Dr. Sussman has also presented peer-reviewed papers at international conferences. In 2010, he co-authored a poster session, with Dr. Andrea Keener, on emergency and disaster preparedness education for the International Preparedness and Response to Emergencies and Disasters conference in Tel Aviv, Israel. Dr. Sussman is engaged in Genealogical research and lectured at the Israel Genealogical Society Conference at Tel Aviv University in November, 2010. Other international peer-reviewed conference presentations include: Sussman, S. (January 2013). A Contemporary Vision of the Freedom vs Order Dichotomy. The U.S. 2012 Presidential Election: Campaign and Results. The Interdisciplinary College, Herzlyia, Israel; Sussman, S., & Loutzenhiser, K. (January 2014). Getting Prepared: Police Officers Readiness for a Disaster. International Preparedness and Response to Emergencies and Disasters. Tel Aviv, Israel; Sussman, S., Loutzenhiser, K., & Smith E. (January 2016). Firefighter Readiness and the Disaster Cycle: A Holistic Approach. International Preparedness and Response to Emergencies and Disasters. Tel Aviv, Israel; Sussman, S. (January 2017). President Obama's State of the Union Addresses- Successes and Failures. U.S. Presidential Election of 2016 and the Obama Presidency conference, IDC-Interdisciplinary College- Herzlyia, Israel.