Suzanne E. Estler
Title: Associate Professor Emerita of Higher Education
Ph.D.: Educational Administration and Policy Analysis, with emphasis on organizational studies and higher education. Minor in History, Stanford University
M.A.: Human Relations focus in Student Personnel focus), Ohio University
B.A.: History/Political Science, Douglass College of Rutgers University
Courses Taught at UMaine
● HED 630: Higher Education and the Law
● HED 598: Topics in Higher Education: Athletics and the University
● HED 598: Topics in Higher Education: Mexico Higher Education
● HED 598: Topics in Higher Education: Finance of Higher Education,
● Guest speaker: HED 676: Doctoral Seminar in Higher Education
● 2009-Present: University of Maine, Associate Professor Emerita of Higher Education, College of Education and Human Development
● 2013-Present: StopHazing.org/Hazing Prevention Consortium, Orono ME, Organizational and Policy Specialist
● 2009-Present: Consulting Faculty: DiversityWorks, Bangor, Maine;
● 1997-2009: University of Maine, Associate Professor of Higher Education, College of
● 1986-1997: University of Maine, Director of Equal Opportunity
● 1984-1997: University of Maine, College of Education, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership.
● 1978-1984: University of Washington, College of Education, Assistant Professor of Policy, Governance and Administration, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Women Studies.
● 1976-1977: Claremont Graduate School, Visiting Instructor of Higher Education.
● 1975-1978: Stanford University; Research Assistant; Affirmative Action, President/Provost’s Offices, and Stanford University Medical School.
● 1969-1974: State University of New York at Binghamton. Assistant to Acting Vice President for Student Services (Summer 1974); Coordinator of Student Services and Assistant to the Master, College-in-the-Woods (1971-73); Director of Residences and Assistant to the Master, Dickinson College (1970-71); Assistant Director of Residences, Dickinson College (1969-70)
● 1966-1969: Ohio University, Resident Director and Assistant to the Director of the East Green (1968-69); Resident Director (1967-68); Assistant Resident Director (1966-67).
Professional and Public Service Activities
● University of Maine: Faculty Senate; Finance and Institutional Planning Committee (chair 2007-2009), Academic Affairs Committee, Executive Committee; Provost’s Commission on Graduate Education and Human Development, Campus Planning Committee; Graduate Affairs Committee, (Chair) College of Education and Human Development; UM Graduate Board and Grad Executive Committee
● Penobscot County Speakers Bureau for Marriage Equality, Coordinator and trainer, 2011-2012
● University of Maine Higher Education Planning Committee, College of Education and Human Development, co-chair, 1997-1999.
● University of Maine, President’s Vice Presidential group and Executive Council 1989-1997.
● University of Maine, Ad Hoc Committee on Minority Recruitment and Retention
● University of Maine, President’s Panel to review the organization of intercollegiate athletics; Athletic Director’s Blue Ribbon Committee on Gender Equity; Council on Pluralism, Vice Chair
● University of Maine, Council on Women, Task Force on the Status of Women
● Spruce Run Association (Domestic Violence Project), Long Range Planning (co-facilitator), October 1989
● Unity College Staff Sexual Harassment Presentation, Unity, ME, May 1989
● Spruce Run Association, Organizational Structural Committee, Bangor, ME, 1986-1990
● Eastern Maine Regional Commission for Women, 1989-1991.
● Reviewer of research proposals and/or journal articles:
○ National Conference of the American Educational Research Association, Division J—Higher Education
○ National Conference of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Urban Education
○ United States Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, Washington, D.C
○ National Institute of Education, Washington, D.C.
○ National Women Studies Association Annual Meeting; Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. (University of Chicago Press)
○ Pacific Rim Association for Higher Education, Executive Committee, 1980-82; Vice President 1982-83, President 1983-84.
● New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC); Accreditation Visiting Team for Plymouth State University, New Hampshire, April 2013. Primary responsibility for the review standards on Academic Programs, Faculty and follow-up focus on the newly instituted Ed.D. program.
● New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC); Focused Visit Team for Rivier College, Nashua NH, April 2011. Follow-up visit re: the instituted EdD Program.
● American Association of University Women, Maine State Convention, May 15, 2010, Member of keynote panel: Title IX – It’s Effective, It’s More than Athletics, and It Needs Our Continued Support. Estler portion of panel: Title IX: History and Context.
● New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC); Accreditation Visiting Team for the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, April 2010. Primary responsibility for the review standards on organization and governance, and integrity.
● New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC); Accreditation Visiting Team for Central Connecticut State University, October 2008. Primary responsibility for the portion of the review on mission and purposes and secondarily on the academic program and faculty.
● University of Maine Latin American Student Organization (March 21, 2008). Keynote for Annual Dinner and Cultural Celebration, Reflections on Mexican Exchange
● New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC); Accreditation Visiting Team for Boston College, November 2007. Primary responsibility for the portion of the review on faculty and secondarily on the academic program and graduate education.
● Title IX 35 Years Later, November 2007. Presentation to University of Maine Athletic Advisory Board
● Estler, Suzanne E. (2006) A Place on the Team: The Triumph and Tragedy of Title IX (review) The Review of Higher Education. 30(1), pp. 72-73.
● Estler, S.E. with Nelson, L. (2005) Who Calls the Shots? Sports and University Leadership, Culture, and Decision Making, monograph for Association for the Study of Higher Education/ERIC Monograph Series 30(5), San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers.
● Allan, E. J. & Estler, S. E. (2005). Diversity, privilege and us: Collaborative curriculum transformation among educational leadership faculty. Innovative Higher Education. 29(3).
● Estler, S.E. (2004) Whose Equity?: Title IX and Intercollegiate Athletics. Part of symposium:
● Allan, E., Estler, S., Iverson, S. & Glazer-Raymo, J. (2004, November). Working the Ruins: Feminist poststructural perspectives and higher education research. Research symposium for the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education. Kansas City, MO.
● Allan, E.J., Hoff, D.L., & Estler, S.E. (2004). Dilemmas of (In)difference for Maine educators: Advancing an agenda for change. The Journal of Maine Education. Winter .pp. 5-10.
● Estler, S.E. (2003). College athletics: NCAA rules and regulations,. Guthrie, J.W.Ed.. Encyclopedia of Education, 2nd Edition. New York: Macmillan Reference. Vol. I, pp. 368-373.
● Estler, S.E. (2003). Designing student development curriculum as though technology matters. Student Affairs Online: The online magazine about technology and student affairs. 4 (1)
● Allan, E.J. & Estler, S.E. (April 2002). Difference disadvantage, privilege and us: Examining meanings of diversity among educational leadership faculty. New Orleans, LA: AERA Annual Meeting.
● Report of the Joint Gender Equity Committee, Associated Faculties of the University of Maine System and the University of Maine System. (October 2000). Bangor, ME: University of Maine System (as a member of the committee that worked intensively for two years)
● Estler, S.E. & Harris, W.H. (1998). The homogenizing effect of academic governance: A case study in the creation of a field-sensitive doctoral concentration in higher education, ASHE Annual Meeting, Miami, FL, November 1998. (ERIC document ED 427 574, HE 031 765)
● Estler, S.E. & Tyler, S.J. (1997). Realizing the Dream: Gender Equity in Athletics at the University of Maine June 1997 Status Report. Orono, Maine: University of Maine.
● Estler, S.E. (1995: October 30). On nondiscrimination and ‘special rights’. Maine Perspectives, University of Maine, Orono, Maine.
● Estler, S. E. (May 1995). Realizing the Dream: A Proposal for Achieving Gender Equity in Athletics at the University of Maine. Orono, Maine: University of Maine.
● Estler, S.E. & Karris, P.M. (1994: April 29). Facing the challenge of workplace hostility: Toward of community of civility and respect. Maine Perspectives, University of Maine, Orono, Maine.
● Estler, S.E. (October 1991). Serendipity and career mobility. ADVANCE, Maine’s Newsletter for Women in Higher Education, American Council on Education/National Identification Program, IV (2).
● Estler, Suzanne E. (1988). Decision making, in Norman J. Boyan (Ed.), Handbook of Research in Educational Administration. White Plains, NY: Longman.
● Estler, S.E. (1988). Gender differences in actual and preferred time allocation between female and male principals and Superintendents in Maine, AERA Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, 1988.
● Estler, S.E. & Carr, J. (1988). Gender differences in the perception of administrative role demands. (1987). Washington, D.C.: AERA Annual Meeting
● Estler, S.E. (1987). Rational analysis and its impact on the definition of administrative competencies. AERA Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., 1987.
● Estler, S.E. (1985). Clear goals, instructional leadership, and academic achievement: instrumentation and findings. AERA Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL , 1985.
● Miner, A.S. & Estler, S.E. (1985, March/April); Accrual mobility: Job mobility in higher education through responsibility accrual. Journal of Higher Education
● Estler, S.E. (1984). Evolving jobs: Definitions and policy implications. Paper presented at
● Organizations and Careers: Joint Colloquium on Issues and Methods in the Study of Career Mobility in Organizations, University of Washington, September 24, 1981.
● Prussin, Labelle, Estler. S.E., Ryckman, D., and Sasanoff. R. (Fall 1983). Gender, culture, and architectural values. CRIT (A Journal of the American Institute of Architects),.
● Estler, Suzanne E. (July 1982). Evolving jobs and nonteaching professional staff in universities: An alternative perspective on career mobility processes. Report to the National Institute of Education, Grant #NIE-6-80-0166.
● Estler, S.E. (1981). Towards a theory of evolving jobs: Professional staff mobility in the university. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, April 1981.
● Corbett, J.G. Estler, S.E., Johnston, W., Ott, M.D., Robinson, H. & Sell, G.R. (1980). Women in engineering: An exploratory study of enrollment factors in the seventies. Report to National Institute of Education, Boulder, CO: National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.
● Estler, S.E. (1980, March). Systematic analysis and university decision making: The case of sexual equity. ERIC Document Ed-187-211. Paper presented at the Association for Higher Education Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.
● Estler, S.E. (1977).Women in Decision Making. Women’s Leadership and Authority in the Health Professions. Proceedings of a conference at the University of California-Santa Cruz. Washington, D.C.: DHEW/Program for Women in Health Sciences, pp.196-217.
● Estler, S.E. (1975). Women as leaders in public education. SIGNS: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 1 (2).
● Estler, S.E. (June 1974). The origins and development of California higher education. Chapter 2 in Levin, H.E. et. al. Financing Higher Education in California, a report for the Sloan Foundation. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University School of Education, June 1974.
● Estler, S.E. (1969: October). A critical incident of learning at Ohio University. Student Housing Research, Association of College and University Housing Officers.