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.

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Department Faculty
Assistant Service Professor
Campus Center West B91
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

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

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

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


Susan Swartz - Superintendent at Scotia-Glenville Central School District

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

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


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

International Education Leadership Fellows:

Ronald Cushing - Director, UC International Services, University of Cincinnati

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

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

Karin E. Fischer - Journalist, Chronicle of Higher Education and Latitudes

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

Nancy L. Ruther, Ed.D. - Principal, Gazelle  

Yusuf Joseph Ugras, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Accounting, La Salle University.

Brian Whalen, Ph.D. - Chief Academic Officer and Dean of Education, Atlantis

Graduate Student Instructors:

David Epstein - EPL Doctoral Candidate

Jessica Krupski - EPL Doctoral Candidate

Rachel Ann Sullivan - Sociology Doctoral Candidate - UAlbany


Department Staff:

The Department can be contacted by email at 

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

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

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

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

Virtual: Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm