Faculty Experts

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Higher Education

School of Education
Associate Professor, Dean Emeritus
Department: Educational and Counseling Psychology

Expert in the following: Computers in education; student motivation in learning; improving student learning
Campus phone: (518) 442-5029
Campus email: rbangert-drowns@albany.edu

University at Albany
Director and Senior Research Scientist
Department: Center for Behavioral Health Promotion and Applied Research

Expert in the following: Psychology; mental health issues; suicide prevention; alcohol and other drug misuse prevention in college students, collegiate recovery programs ; peer counseling and peer education; college student hotlines; peer theater programs; diversity, inclusion, and social justice; disability issues.
Campus phone: (518) 442-5800
Campus email: dcimini@albany.edu

Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy
Department: Rockefeller Institute of Government

Expert in the following: Education; Federalism; government reform; higher education; social service spending; welfare reform
Campus phone: (518) 443-5238
Campus email: tgais@albany.edu

        Jason Lane

Jason Lane
School of Education
Professor, Interim Dean
Department: Educational Administration and Policy Studies

Expert in the following: Higher Education: Accountability, Public Policy, Globalization and Internationalization
Campus phone: 443-5825
Campus email: jlane@albany.edu

School of Social Welfare
Department: Social Welfare

Expert in the following: School-family-community partnerships; child welfare; interprofessional collaboration
Campus phone: 442-5355
Campus email: hlawson@albany.edu

        Daniel C. Levy

Daniel C. Levy
School of Education
Distinguished Professor
Department: Educational Policy & Leadership

Expert in the following: International higher education; higher education policy and politics; private higher education; Latin American & Mexican politics
Campus phone: (518) 442-5177
Campus email: dlevy@albany.edu

University Offices
Assistant Dean
Department: Educational Opportunity Program

Expert in the following: At-risk students; diversity; conflict resolution; motivation; student success; community relations; effective study strategies; social work; women's issues; coalition building; the importance of mentoring
Campus phone: (518) 442-5179
Campus email: mmartinez@albany.edu

        Peter Shea

Peter Shea
School of Education
Associate Professor
Department: Educational Theory and Practice

Expert in the following: higher education; online learning; k-12 education
Campus phone: 442-4009
Campus email: pshea@albany.edu

University at Albany
Director of Career Planning
Department: Office of Career Services

Expert in the following: Career analysis; assessment and options identification; design of individualized career development plans; creation of marketing materials, including resume and cover letters; interview training and salary negotiation
Campus phone: (518) 437-4900
Campus email: nsimon@albany.edu

College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Psychology

Expert in the following: Steroid abuse among athletes (Olympic, professional, collegiate, high school, youth); early specialization and professionalization of young athletes; overemphasis on winning; material rewards (e.g., athletics scholarships and professional contracts); academic corruption in high schools and colleges; increasing of performance enhancing drugs; declining sportsmanship; violence exhibited by athletes, coaches, parents, and fans; media coverage of young athletes; sports gambling; Title IX; increasing abandonment of intramural, recreational, and fitness-based needs of kids; rising obesity; increasing incidents of sports injury, burnout, and overtraining of young athletes
Campus phone: (518) 442-4848
Campus email: bsvare@albany.edu