Department of Educational Policy & Leadership

The Department of Educational Policy & Leadership is dedicated to enhancing the understanding and practice of educational leadership and policy at all levels of the education system, cradle-to-career. Faculty is comprised of leading scholars and seasoned professionals who create a unique learning experience for tomorrow’s educational leaders in New York, across the United States or around the world.


Department News
Department Faculty
Assistant Service Professor
Campus Center West B91
Professor Emeritus
Catskill 316
Graduate Advisor & Lecturer
Catskill 365
Distinguished Professor
Catskill 315
Associate Professor & Department Chair
Catskill 301
Assistant Dean for Academics and Assessment & Assistant Service Professor
Catskill 285
Assistant Director of School Leadership and Development
Catskill 322
Assistant Professor
Catskill 323
Associate Professor & Director for Global Engagement, Interim Dean and Vice Provost of the CIEGS
Catskill 314
Associate Professor
Catskill 363
Catskill 351
Professor Emerita & Former SUNY Chancellor

Lecturers & Affiliated Faculty:

Kristine D. Duffy, Ph.D. - SUNY Adirondack President
[email protected]

Emily Lynne Feuer, Ph.D. - Asst Director, Student Affairs, Assessment & Placement, Operations & Administration, University at Albany (EPL PhD Alumna '19)
[email protected]

Daniel J. Julius, Ph.D. - Professor of Management; Former Provost and Senior Vice President, New Jersey City University Visiting Fellow, School of Management, Yale University

Kristyn Muller, Ph.D. - Impact Analyst, Open SUNY, SUNY System Administration (EPL PhD Alumna '18)
[email protected]

Ethan Sprissler, Ph.D. - Faculty Program Director at Excelsior College (UAlbany Alumnus).  [email protected]


Susan Swartz - Superintendent at Scotia-Glenville Central School District
[email protected]

Benjamin Weaver, Ph.D. - Assistant Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs & Service Professor, University at Albany (EPL Alumnus '08)
[email protected]

Jay Worona, Esq. - Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel at NYS School Boards Association.  [email protected]; [email protected]


Kai Zhou, Ph.D. - Assistant Director of Assessment, Institutional Research, University at Albany (EPL Alumna '19)
[email protected]

International Education Leadership Fellows:

Ronald Cushing - Director, UC International Services, University of Cincinnati
[email protected]

Gretchen Dobson, Ed.D. - President, Global Alumni Relations, Managing Director Australia, Academic Assembly Inc.
[email protected]

David DiMaria, Ed.D. - Associate Vice Provost for International Education, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
[email protected]

Karin E. Fischer - Journalist, Chronicle of Higher Education and Latitudes
[email protected]

Joshua McKeown, Ph.D. - Associate Provost for International Education and Programs, SUNY Oswego
[email protected]

Nancy L. Ruther, Ed.D. - Principal, Gazelle International[email protected]  

Yusuf Joseph Ugras, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Accounting, La Salle University.  [email protected]

Brian Whalen, Ph.D. - Chief Academic Officer and Dean of Education, Atlantis
[email protected]

Graduate Student Instructors:

David Epstein - EPL Doctoral Candidate
[email protected]

Jessica Krupski - EPL Doctoral Candidate
[email protected]

Rachel Ann Sullivan - Sociology Doctoral Candidate - UAlbany
[email protected]


Department Staff:

The Department can be contacted by email at [email protected] 

Gina Giuliano, Ph.D., Graduate Advisor (EPL Alumna '00)
HU 359 (Catskill 365)
(518) 442-3528
[email protected]

Maria G. Moon, Department Coordinator (M.S., San Francisco State University)
Catskill 309
(518) 442-5080
[email protected]

Sheila Meissner, Secretary
Catskill 304 (9am-1pm, M-F)
(518) 442-5105
[email protected]

Contact the Department of Education Policy & Leadership
1400 Washington Ave Albany, NY 12222
Catskill 309
Office Hours

Virtual: Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm