Tiffenia D. Archie, Ph.D. ’92 – Albright College

Tiffenia D. Archie, Ph.D. ’92


Presented to an Albright alumnus/a or alumni couple who have used their liberal arts education to its greatest potential, thereby making outstanding contributions to the Albright College community, profession and in service to society. This is the highest honor bestowed upon graduates.

Tiffenia “Tiff” D. Archie, Ph.D. ’92 received a BA in psychology and sociology from Albright College and a doctorate in sociology from Temple University where she was awarded a Future Faculty Fellowship. A life-long learner, she also attended the management development program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and received Temple University’s Graduate Certificate in Diversity Leadership, a collaboration between IDEAL and the College of Education and Human Development.

In 1994, Archie began working in the Ronald McNair Faculty-in-Training Program preparing undergraduates for graduate school where she remained until she joined the Albright community in 1999 as the director of academic support, disability support and minority retention. She was promoted to assistant academic dean in 2001 and in this capacity, she implemented the still-utilized early warning system to aid in the identification and retention of at-risk students.

In 2007, Archie became the director of faculty recruitment and retention in Temple University’s newly formed Office of Multicultural Affairs, later renamed the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership (IDEAL). After eight years in this capacity, she was promoted to assistant vice president in the Office of IDEAL and currently overseas diversity and inclusion initiatives for the campus community. She also teaches courses including Introduction to Sociology; American Ethnicity; Race and Racism; Race, Class and Gender; Statistics; and Diversity Issues in Higher Education.

Archie is committed to advancing the ideals of social justice through mentoring, program development, service, teaching, training and consulting; her consulting clients include the Philadelphia Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the Mann Music Center and the Barnes Foundation.

Archie is involved in a number of professional organizations including the Association of Black Women in Higher Education, of which she served two terms as president of the Philadelphia Chapter, the National Association for Multicultural Education, the Pennsylvania Association for Multicultural Education, the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, the Pennsylvania Association for Liaisons and Officers of Multicultural Affairs, and is on the advisory board of the Petey Greene Program, which provides academic support for incarcerated and previously incarcerated people. She was the 2010 recipient of the Outstanding Leader in Education Award presented by the Association of Black Women in Higher Education.

Archie has served as an Albright trustee since 2017 and is currently vice-chair. Prior to that, she was a member of the Alumni Association board, volunteering for alumni activities including Homecoming, Move-In Day, and alumni fundraising. She is a member of the Society of Black Alumni, the 1856 Legacy Society, and has been a speaker for the Women’s Leadership Conference in 2018, and the “Tapestry of Hope – Unity of Spirit, Past … Present … Future,” an inter-faith, intercultural service of celebration highlighting Albright’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Tiff has assisted in planning her class’s 10th and 25th reunions, as well as the reunion for all Peer Orientation People (POP). While an Albright employee, Archie volunteered her time as an advisor for the African-American Society, Club Mode, and the Muslim Students Association.

Archie was a highly active student on campus, participating in Student Government, Lion Diplomats, Judiciary/Community Standards Board, Day Students Association, and Albright Unity. She was also a POP, Jacob Albright Scholar, and a Gold “A” Award winner.

In her free time, she enjoys watching sports, volunteering in her community, spending time with family and traveling.