Rosenberg Named School Of Education Dean

Dr. Michael Rosenberg was named dean of the School of Education
Dr. Michael Rosenberg was named dean of the School of Education

President Donald Christian recently announced that Dr. Michael Rosenberg will be the dean of the School of Education at SUNY New Paltz, effective August 3.

Rosenberg was one of four finalists named by the search committee, which was assembled after Robert Michael announced his retirement nearly two years ago.

Rosenberg will be one of the top ranking academic officials at New Paltz when he leaves his current position as associate dean for research in the School of Education and a professor in the Special Education Department at Johns Hopkins University.

Christian said Rosenberg will bring a wealth of administrative and faculty experience and strengths as “a serious-minded, thoughtful leader and problem-solver and an effective communicator.”

“His strong commitment to collaborative, transparent leadership, his dedication to student learning, and his reputation as an advocate for high quality will serve us well,” he said in his email.

Prior to his 26-year stint at Johns Hopkins University, Rosenberg was an assistant professor at Ball State University and also a visiting scholar at Westminster College in Oxford, England. Prior to his return to graduate study, Rosenberg taught secondary students with learning and behavior disorders for the Orleans-Niagara Board of Cooperative Educational Services in New York, Christian said.

Rosenberg is also the co-editor of Teacher Education and Special Education, the journal of the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children. Christian said he holds both his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in special education from the SUNY Buffalo.

Karen Bell, who served as an associate dean of her academic unit from 2003 to 2010, was appointed interim dean of the School of Education in December 2010.

Bell said the new dean should look forward to leading the school through our next accreditation review within the next three years.

“There will also be the need to address increased accountability, reduced resources and pressures from outside and inside the institution,” she said.

In a campus wide email, Christian thanked Bell for serving as interim since January 2011.

Rosenberg’s duties will include overseeing undergraduate programs in elementary and secondary education, master’s degree programs in elementary and secondary education, literacy, special education and humanistic education, as well as the certificate programs in advanced study in educational leadership, Christian said.

Rosenberg could not be reached for comment by press time.