CAS Dean's Office


Jeanette Altarriba, PhD

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Jeanette Altarriba

Dr. Jeanette Altarriba is a Professor of Psychology and a University at Albany Collins Fellow. She received her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Florida International University (1986), her master's degree (1988), and her PhD (1990) in Cognitive Psychology from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. Her postdoctoral research training under the tutelage of Dr. Keith Rayner was completed at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1990-1992).

Dr. Altarriba joined the University at Albany's Department of Psychology in 1992. Since then, she has held a number of key positions at UAlbany including Chair of Communication, Chair of Psychology, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences, and most recently, Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education. In her latter role, she founded the University's Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Engagement (CURCE) and led a leadership team overseeing many undergraduate programs focused on student success. Dr. Altarriba also served as campus Co-Chair for the Accreditation Self-Study and Review, as per the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

She is an internationally recognized scholar and an outstanding teacher and mentor. Her research has advanced the areas of bilingualism, memory, and emotion, and she has published more than 80 peer-reviewed articles in her field. Countless students have benefited from her guidance and support in the classroom, in the laboratory, on the job market, and beyond. As she recently remarked, "I can think of no more important, gratifying, or humbling experience than to see students grow, and learn, and develop a sense of self-confidence and achievement." Her impact is reflected in the many recognitions she has received from student groups and in receiving both campus excellence and SUNY Chancellor's awards for excellence in teaching and in faculty service.

Vice, Associate, Assistant Deans

Brian T. Stephenson

Brian T. Stephenson
Vice Dean
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Debernee Privott

Debernee S. Privott, PhD
Assistant Dean for Public Engagement, Director, University in the High School 
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Caren Stark

Caren Stark, PhD
Assistant Dean for Academics
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Julia Hormes

Julia M. Hormes, PhD
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Research
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Marie R. Rabideau

Marie Rabideau
Assistant Dean for Planning and Tenure/Promotion
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Robert Nazzaro
Assistant Dean for Facilities
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Professional Staff

Julia Singleton

Julia Singleton
Staff Associate / Assistant to the Dean
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Ross Smith

Ross Smith
Staff Associate for Administration
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Michael Boots
Development Officer
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Draper 220B

Michelle Mahon
Development Officer
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UAB 209

Support Staff

Administrative Assistant to the Dean

Amelia Reuter
Interim Administrative Assistant I
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Fall & Spring Hours
M-F 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Closed 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Summer & Intersession Hours
M-F 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Closed 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.


Office Closed for Holidays

New Year’s Day
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Monday
Washington’s Birthday Holiday Monday
Memorial Day Monday
Independence Day (July 4th)


Labor Day Monday
Columbus Day Monday
Veteran’s Day
Thanksgiving Day and the day after
Christmas Day