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Roxana Toma

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. 

Dr. Toma is a fierce believer in the importance of a policy degree.  She is also an advocate for collaborating with students on research.  In her free time, she likes to travel, walk by the ocean, and volunteer.  You can read this quick interview to find out more.

Degrees

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

Publications

  • Toma, R., Garson, G.D. (2011). “Research Designs.” In: Lovric, M. (eds) International Encyclopedia of Statistical Science. Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-04898-2_59

  • Nyaronga, D., Toma, R. (2014) “Socio-Cultural Practices and Women’s Health in Tanzania.” International Journal of Social Science and Human Behavior Study Volume 1: Issue 4, Dec 2014, 46-50. ISSN 2374-1627.

  • Nyaronga, D., Toma, R. (2015) “Student Service Members/Veterans’ Mental Health: Who is at a Greater Risk for Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms on College Campuses?” Military Psychology Vol 27(4), Jul 2015, 223-231. DOI: 10.1037/mil0000079.

  • Toma, R. (2015) “Twenty-five Years after the Fall of Communism: The Cultural Peculiarities of Fighting Corruption and Building Civil Society in Romania.” Sociology Compass Vol 9, Issue 11, Oct 2015, 951-961. DOI: 10.1111/soc4.12325.

  • Belasen, A.T., Toma, R. (2016) Confronting Corruption in Business: Trusted Leadership, Civic Engagement. (eds) Routledge.

  • Toma, R. (2016) “Corruption in Government: Causes, Consequences, Cures.” In: Belasen, A.T., Toma, R. (eds) Confronting Corruption in Business: Trusted Leadership, Civic Engagement. Routledge.    

  • Toma, R. (2016) “Perceptions of Ethics and Corruption in Romania: The Need for Civic Engagement.” In: Belasen, A.T., Toma, R. (eds) Confronting Corruption in Business: Trusted Leadership, Civic Engagement. Routledge. 

  • Belasen, A.T., Toma, R. (2016) “Conclusion: Trusted Leadership and Civic Engagement.” In: Belasen, A.T., Toma, R. (eds) Confronting Corruption in Business: Trusted Leadership, Civic Engagement. Routledge. 

  • Toma, R. (2020) “What We Can All Learn from the Lebanese.” Public Seminar, Democracy, The New School for Social Research, September 1, 2020. Available at https://publicseminar.org/essays/what-we-can-all-learn-from-the-lebanese/. 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 https://publicseminar.org/essays/what-americans-can-learn-from-the-lebanese/.

  • Toma, R. (2021) “Resilience in a Time of Plague: A Personal Account.” Public Seminar, Culture, The New School for Social Research, April 21, 2021. Available at https://publicseminar.org/essays/resilience-in-a-time-of-plague-a-personal-account/.

  • Toma, R., Ait Si Mhamed, A. (2022). “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. Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-21569-8_41

  • Toma, R., Berge, M. (2023) Online Teaching in a Time of Crisis: Social Capital and Community Building Tools. International Journal of Advanced Corporate Learning (iJAC), 16(1), pp. 65–77. https://doi.org/10.3991/ijac.v16i1.35255

  • Toma, R., Berge, M. (2023). “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. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-41637-8_46