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Nicole G. Rayfield, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Dean, College of Arts & Sciences


  • PhD, Organizational Leadership ( 2022)
    Eastern University (PA)
  • MS, Human Resource Development (2010)
    Drexel University (PA)
  • BA, English and Communication, minor in Philosophy (1997)
    La Salle University (PA)

About Me

I am a firm believer that you can not solve a problem from a bystander position. Rather, in order to support the developmental, educational, social and personal needs of an individual, one must work deeply and closely with that person. Thus, I have dedicated my professional career to working with people from a disadvantaged background whose needs may often go unmet due to lack of education, exposure or empathy. Having produced several self-help guides and presentations addressing issues such as self-esteem, career development and entrepreneurship, I enjoy the challenge of designing custom solutions for a broad and diverse audience and welcome the opportunity to lend my strategic organizational background and experience to a wide range of issues which impact higher education.

Research Interests

Power dynamics, Organizational citizenship behaviors, Female minorities in higher education, Women in leadership


Co-presenter, 2020 Eastern University Campolo School of Business Leadership Research Forum:  Sponsorship and Leadership Development of Black Women in Higher Education: Evolution of a Research Project

Co-presenter, 2019 International Leadership Association, Ontario, CAN:  Sponsorship and Leadership Development of Black Women in Higher Education: Evolution of a Research Project

Co,-presenter, 2018 International Leadership Association, West Palm Beach, FL:  Do As I Say, Not as I Do: An Examination of the Relationship between Power and Youth Serving As Ambassadors of Peace" (Poster Presentation)

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Member, International Leadership Association

MBTI Certified Assessment Administrator


2020 Leadership Research Forum, Mini-grant Recipient  - Eastern University 1st Annual LRF

2019 Certificate in Organizational Leadership

2018 Emerging Scholar - International Leadership Association 20th Annual Conference