Robert Bangert-Drowns Named Dean of the School of Education

Robert Bangert-DrownsRobert Bangert-Drowns, Ph.D., was named the eighth dean of the University at Albany's School of Education in September 2009.  Bangert-Drowns assumed this role after serving as acting dean of the School since January 2008.

Dr. Bangert-Drowns previously served as the School's associate dean for Academic Affairs since 2003.  He has been on the faculty of the Department of Educational Theory and Practice for over two decades.  Bangert-Drowns joined the UAlbany faculty in 1987 after earning a joint doctorate in education and psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  He received his master’s in psychology from the University of Michigan and his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Georgetown University.

Bangert-Drowns directs the Albany Consortium for Research in Instructional Design and Theory (ACRIDAT), a forum and work group for students and faculty interested in research on instruction.  He also was a member of the management team of the Center for Information Forensics and Assurance and a project director at the National Research Center for English Learning and Achievement where he investigated the effects of writing on learning and student engagement with educational software. 

His research interests include instructional design and technology, learning engagement, meta-analytic methodology, and educational programs designed for the prevention and rehabilitation of drug-related social problems.  His work has appeared in such journals as Psychological BulletinReview of Educational ResearchAmerican Educational Research Journal, and Addiction.  Dr. Bangert-Drowns is a member of the American Educational Research Association and its Instructional Technology special interest group, the American Psychological Association and its Educational Psychology division, and Sigma Xi, the scientific research society.  He is on the Consulting Board of the Computers in Human Behavior and the Editorial Review Board of the Journal for Research on Technology in Education and is a consulting research editor of Educational Technology Research and Development.  He received the Harold E. Mitzel Award for Meritorious Contribution to Educational Practice Through Research from the Journal of Educational Research and the Hinsdale Scholar Award for Scholarship and Professional Promise from the University of Michigan's School of Education.

The University at Albany’s School of Education offers six doctoral degree programs in counseling psychology, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, educational psychology, reading, and school psychology.  Its faculty members are internationally renowned for their scholarship.  Tracing its roots to the New York State Normal School established in Albany in 1844, the School’s four departments offer numerous master’s degree programs for diverse field such as teacher professional development, educational administration and policy, literacy specialist, special education, curriculum development, and counseling.  The School supports numerous collaborations with regional educators and enjoys a close relationship with its study council, the Capital Area School District Association, with over 100 school districts as members.