Rosalie Gleicher

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Adjunct Associate Professor
Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice


Office: N-651

Office Hours: by appointment


Dr. Rosalie Russo Gleicher is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Human Services, in the department of Social Sciences at BMCC. In 2017, she received BMCC’s Distinguished Teaching Award. She came to BMCC in 2008 after having working at non-profit and government organizations in NYC, helping people who have disabilities and their families, which is her area of expertise. At BMCC, she has taught online and face-to-face classes. In her classes, she uses a strengths approach, peer mentoring, and peer tutoring. She enjoys mentoring students, especially with writing resumes and finding job leads for obtaining employment, and essay writing to further their education in four year colleges and graduate schools. She also gives faculty workshops on Autism awareness and strategies to increase student retention. Her research and practice interests are in college student retention, online student retention, peer mentoring, peer tutoring, career counseling, and universal design in post-secondary education. In 2012, she completed a research study about online student retention, which has been published in peer-reviewed journals. She has 20+ years of post-master’s social work experience, and is a Licensed Master Social Worker, L.M.S.W., in New York.


Disabilities, Online teaching, career counseling.


  • D.S.W., Doctor of Social Welfare. Hunter College School of Social Work/C.U.N.Y. Graduate Center, 2002.
  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Social Work Administration. Hunter College/CUNY.
  • M.S.W., Casework/Clinical. Wurzweiler/Yeshiva University, N.Y., 1995.
  • B.A., Sociology. Brooklyn College/C.U.N.Y.

Courses Taught

Research and Projects

2012: Completed a qualitative research study about online student retention, which was published in two parts in two different peer-reviewed journals.


Seven (7) PEER-REVIEWED Publications
  • Burgstahler, S., & Russo-Gleicher, R. (2015, Summer). Applying universal design to address the needs of postsecondary students on the autism spectrum. JPED: Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 28 (2), 199-212.
  • Russo-Gleicher, R.  (2014-2015). Improving student retention in online college classes: Qualitative insights from faculty. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory, and Practice, 16 (2), 239-260.
  • Russo-Gleicher, R. (2013, Jan.). Qualitative insights into faculty use of student support services with online students at risk: Implications for student retention.  JEO: Journal of Educators Online, 10(1). 
  • Russo-Gleicher, R. (2011, Fall).  The empty desk: Caring strategies to talk to college students about their attendance. Thought & Action (NEA: National Education Association Higher Education Journal), 27, 63-75.
  • Russo-Gleicher, R., & Bennett, D. (2011, Fall).  Educating human services students about career opportunities in working with people who have intellectual anddevelopmental disabilities.  Journal of Human Services Education, 31 (1), 17-26.
  • Russo-Gleicher, R. (2008, Spring/Summer). MSW programs:  Gatekeepers to the field of developmental disabilities. Journal of Social Work Education, 44 (2), 129-155.
  • Russo, R.  (1999). Applying a strengths-based practice approach in working with people with developmental disabilities & their families. Families in Society, 80 (1), 25-33.
NON-peer-reviewed publications:
  • Russo-Gleicher, R. (2018, Fall). Encouraging our students to pursue paths to master’s and doctoral degrees: A guide for students seeking careers working with people who have disabilities. Inquirer (of BMCC), Vol. 25, pp. 12-23. or
  • Russo-Gleicher, R. (2017).  Teaching at BMCC: Thoughts from both sides of the desk. Inquirer (of BMCC), 24 (of BMCC), 36-38.
  • Russo-Gleicher, R. (2017, Feb.). Mentoring: A reward of teaching. Currents, of the NYC Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), 61 (3), p. 15-16. Retrieved from:
  • Russo-Gleicher, R. (2016, Fall). Helping BMCC graduates find a job or internship in child  welfare, criminal justice, disabilities, and gerontology. Inquirer (of BMCC), 23, 24-32.
  • Russo-Gleicher, R.  (2016, Sept./Oct.).  Nearly one million people in NYC have a disability: What social workers need to know. Currents, of the NYC Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), p. 7-9.  Retrieved from:  ​
  • Russo-Gleicher, R. (2015, Fall).  What can students do after graduating with an AA degree in Human Services from BMCC? Inquirer (of BMCC), 22, 17-26.
  • Russo-Gleicher, R. (2014/2015, Winter). Using peer mentoring to increase retention in an online class: A case study of a student taking the course for a 3rd time.  Inquirer (of BMCC), 21, 50-58.
  • Russo-Gleicher, R. (2013, Fall). Autism spectrum disorders and the college classroom: Challenges, interventions, and resources. Inquirer (of BMCC), 20, 21-35.
  • Russo-Gleicher, R.   (2013, Summer). Getting my feet wet in group work. The New Social Worker Magazine, 20 (3), 12-13.
  • Russo-Gleicher, R., & Flanagan, J. (2012, Fall).   Addressing online student retention issues at the start of the semester: Challenges and rewards. Inquirer (of BMCC), 19,  7-18.
  • Russo-Gleicher, R.  (2011, Fall). Using peer tutors in a human services course at a community college: A strengths approach. Inquirer (of BMCC), 18, 47-54.
  • Russo-Gleicher, R. (2007, Summer).  Rewards and opportunities in developmental disabilities: How an ‘accident’ leads to a career. Harrisburg, PA: White Hat Communications.  The New Social Worker. Online article.

Honors, Awards and Affiliations

Additional Information


  • Member: National Association of Social Workers (NASW).
  • Member: American Association on Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD).