Tiffani Riggers-Piehl, Ph.D.

Division of Educational Leadership, Policy & Foundations –  Assistant Professor

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Higher Education and Organizational Change, University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.A., Higher Education and Organizational Change, University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.S. Ed., Higher Education and Student Affairs, Baylor University, Waco, Texas
  • B.S., Fashion Merchandising; Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona

Research Interests

Spirituality and Religion in Higher Education; Student-Faculty interactions; Pedagogy and Student Success; Issues in S.T.E.M; Gender in College

Presentations, Publications & Grants.

Riggers-Piehl, T. A. (P.I.) 2017-2018. The role of single-sex education in academic engagement of college-bound women, revisited: A multilevel analysis. Sponsored by the National Coalition for Girls’ Schools. Project will update a 2009 study on women graduates of single sex high schools as they enter colleges. Study uses a multi-level approach to better understand the effect of participation in single-sex high schools at college entry.


Riggers-Piehl, T.A. (Co-P.I.), Lehman, K. J. (Co-P.I.), Sandvall, E. 2017-2018. The role of college experiences in the development of self-authored worldview commitment for first-year STEM students. Project will examine how students within STEM develop a spiritual or worldview commitment and how their experiences within their major may foster or hinder the development of a spiritual commitment. This research is made possible through the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon, Interfaith Youth Core, Dr. Matthew Mayhew (OSU), and Dr. Alyssa Rockenbach (NCSU).

Rockenbach, A. N., Mayhew, M. J., Bowman, N. A., Morin, S. M., & Riggers-Piehl, T. A. (2017). An examination of non-Muslim college students’ attitudes toward Muslims. Journal of Higher Education, 88(4), 479-504.


Riggers-Piehl, T. A., & Lehman, K. (2016). Modeling the Relationship between Campus Spiritual Climate and the Sense of Belonging for Christian, Muslim, and Jewish Students. Religion and Education, 43(3), 247-270. DOI: 10.1080/15507394.2016.1175843


Riggers-Piehl, T. A. (2016), Finding Meaning and Purpose in Loss: Insights into Spiritual Aspects of the Grieving Process of College Students. In Terence Hicks (Ed.), Spirituality Research Studies in Higher Education. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, Inc.


Rockenbach, A. N., Riggers-Piehl, T., Garvey, J., Lo, M., & Mayhew, M. J. (2016). The influence of campus climate and interfaith engagement on self-authored worldview commitment and pluralism orientation across sexual and gender identities. Research in Higher Education, 57(4), 497-517. DOI: 10.1007/s11162-015-9395-6