Main Campus, Room 424


Dr. Jennifer Higgins has worked in higher education for 14 years. She became the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Trocaire in the spring of 2014; prior to this, she was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the college and taught in the areas of Sociology of the Family, Introduction to Sociology, and Sociology of Health and Medicine. Her areas of expertise are Organizational Sociology, Family Sociology and Sociology of Health.

Jennifer first began as a part-time faculty member at Trocaire College in the Business department in 2009. She has previous experience in business management, and her experience spans several types of organizations including the public sector and other small non- profit organizations. She remains a member of the arts and sciences faculty, teaching Sociology courses when available. Jennifer was born and raised in Western New York, where she lives with her two daughters.



Ph.D., Sociology, State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, NY, 2010

MBA, Medaille College, Buffalo, NY, 2005

BS, Social Work, SUNY at Buffalo, NY, 2001


Professional Experience

Dean of Arts, Sciences and Professional Studies
Trocaire College, Buffalo, NY, 2014-Present

  • Oversee six academic undergraduate programs as well as the Liberal Arts and Natural Science curriculum; develop and manage division and individual program budgets;  oversee accreditation compliance at the regional, state and program levels; Supervise and evaluate four program directors and full and part time faculty; Review, address and resolve academic student concerns and appeals; Develop relationships with local partners for clinical and internship opportunities; Develop and assess learning outcomes and direct assessment practices; Manage and staff divisional academic course schedule on an ongoing semester basis

Interim Director of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Trocaire College, Buffalo, NY, 2013-2014

Assistant Professor of Sociology
Trocaire College, Buffalo, NY, 2011-2013

Resource Coordinator for MBA Programs
SUNY at Buffalo School of Management, Buffalo, NY, 2005-2007

Program Coordinator and Education Department Assistant
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, 2003-2005

Department Head
Wegmans Food Markets, Buffalo, NY, 2001-2003


Courses Taught

SOC 101 Principles of Sociology

SOC 301 Sociology of Health and Medicine

SOC 311 Coping with Illness


Recent Publications

Higgins McCormick J. (Editor), Blair, S.L. (Editor) 2014. Series: Contemporary Perspectives in Family Research v8A. Family Relationships and Familial Responses to Health Issues. Emerald books.

Blair, S.L. (Editor), Higgins McCormick J. (Editor), 2014. Series: Contemporary Perspectives in Family Research v8B. Family and Health: Evolving Needs, Responsibilities and Experiences. Emerald books