Roxana Toma (Ph.D., North Carolina State University) is Chair of Graduate Liberal Arts and Sciences Programs and Associate Professor in the M.A. in Social and Public Policy and the MPA.  Dr. Toma has a B.Sc. in Economics, a Ph.D. in Public Administration, and takes an interdisciplinary approach to examine how people form attitudes, values, and a sense of belonging that lead to behaviors that affect communities.  Her work also examines student attitudes and values as they relate to confidence, resilience, and engagement in the learning process.

Her doctoral research on corruption earned her the Graduate School Dissertation Award at North Carolina State University (2009) and she is recipient of the prestigious Susan H. Turben Award for Excellence in Scholarship at SUNY Empire (2015).  Dr. Toma has published in multiple venues such as Public Seminar, Sociology Compass, Military Psychology, The International Encyclopedia of Statistical Science - just to name a few.  She is also co-editor/co-author of Confronting Corruption in Business: Trusted Leadership, Civic Engagement (Routledge, 2016).  Her work continues to focus on social capital, community building, and resilience, and she is looking to expand it to include students and faculty research collaborators from abroad. 

In her free time, Dr. Toma likes to travel, walk by the ocean, volunteer, and cook.  You can read this quick interview to find out more.


  • Ph.D. in Public Administration from North Carolina State University
  • B.Sc. in Economics from The Bucharest University of Economic Studies


  • Toma, R., Ait Si Mhamed, A. (2023). “The Power of Synchronous Sessions in Distance Education: Building Community and Resilience in the Age of COVID-19.” In Guralnick, D., Auer, M.E., Poce, A. (eds) Innovative Approaches to Technology-Enhanced Learning for the Workplace and Higher Education. (LNNS, vol 581) Springer.

  • Toma, R., Berge, M. (2023). Online Teaching in a Time of Crisis: Social Capital and Community Building Tools. In International Journal of Advanced Corporate Learning (iJAC), 16(1), pp. 65–77.

  • Toma, R. (2021) “Resilience in a Time of Plague: A Personal Account.” In Public Seminar - Culture, The New School for Social Research, April 21, 2021. Available at

  • Toma, R. (2020) “What We Can All Learn from the Lebanese.” In Public Seminar - Democracy, The New School for Social Research, September 1, 2020. Available at A different version of this article was published by Public Seminar in another section - Middle East, with the title “What Americans Can Learn from the Lebanese: Inspiration amid the ruins of Beirut” on September 14, 2020 and it is available at

  • Toma, R., Berge, M. (forthcoming). Proposing a Hybrid Campus: A Community Engagement Framework for Online Learners.” In: Guralnick, D., Auer, M.E., Poce, A. (eds) Creative Approaches to Technology-Enhanced Learning for the Workplace and Higher Education. Springer.