Bangert-Drowns Honored with Leadership Award

Albany, NY (May 29, 2012) – Dean Robert Bangert-Drowns received the 2012 National School Development Council (NSDC) Cooperative Leadership Award at the Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA) Annual Awards Dinner on April 25. Bangert-Drowns was one of two recipients in the country recognized this year by the NSDC from nominations by member study councils.

CASDA nominated Bangert-Drowns specifically for strengthening connections between the University at Albany and CASDA; encouraging professors to connect with the field and finding ways to help them do so; creatively participating in and supporting gatherings to bring together alumni, area superintendents, and principals, and faculty to discuss critical issues in education; and for his genuine understanding and appreciation of current developments in local K-12 schools.

In addition to his community work from within the School of Education, Dr. Bangert-Drowns is active in University-Community relations as co-chair of the Campus Committee on University Community Engagement, chair of the Advisory Board for Know Your Schools~for NY Kids, and member of the Mayor’s Albany High School Task Force.

Dr. Bangert-Drowns was named dean of the School of Education in September 2009 after serving as acting dean of the School since January 2008. 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. He is widely known for his research in instructional design and technology.