Susan Rankin, Ph.D

Principal Investigator
Rankin & Associates

Susan Rankin, Ph.D. is the principal investigator for Rankin & Associates. She retired from the Pennsylvania State University in 2013 where she most recently served as an Associate Professor of Education and Senior Associate Research in the Center for the Study of Higher Education, and served as Head Coach for Women’s Softball at Penn State from 1979-1996. Dr. Rankin has presented and published widely on the intersections of identities and the impact of sexism, genderism, racism and heterosexism in the academy and in intercollegiate athletics. Her most recent publications include the 2010 State of Higher Education for LGBT People, The Lives of Transgender People, the 2011 NCAA Student-Athlete Climate Study, and the 2016 United States Transgender Survey. Dr. Rankin has collaborated with over 170 institutions/organizations in implementing climate assessments and developing strategic initiatives. She is the recipient of the ACPA 2008 Voice of Inclusion Medallion and 2015 Diamond Honoree recognizing her outstanding and sustained contributions to higher education and student affairs. Education: Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University (Higher Education Administration), M.S. Pennsylvania State University (Exercise Physiology), B.S. Montclair St. Teacher’s College (Health & Physical Education)