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UAlbany Education Dean Appointed by Regents to Professional Standards and Practices Board

Contact: Catherine Herman (518) 437-4980

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 22, 2005) -- The New York State Board of Regents appointed Susan D. Phillips, dean of the School of Education at the University at Albany to the Professional Standards and Practices Board for Teaching. The board serves the Regents and the Commissioner of Education on teaching issues and related professions.

The Board has 28 members, including K-12 teachers and administrators, higher education representatives, public representatives, and one teacher education student. The board focuses on preparation and practice for classroom teachers, school and district administrators, and student service providers, including issues such as recruitment, mentoring and retention, certification requirements, ethics, accreditation, and professional development. Phillips serves from March 15, 2005 through June 30, 2007.

Phillips has served as dean at UAlbany for three years. She began her professional career at the University in 1979. She has held a variety of positions at UAlbany, including director of doctoral training in the department of counseling psychology and chair of the department of educational and counseling psychology. She also served as chair of accreditation of the American Psychological Association in Washington, D.C. in 2000 and 2001.

Phillips also serves on the policy board of the Greater Capital Region Teacher Center, the executive committee of the Regional School Support Center, and the executive committee of the Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA). She has received a number of professional honors, including the National School Development Council Cooperative Leadership Award in 2004, the Psychological Association of Northeastern New York Distinguished Psychologist Award in 1998, the State University of New York Chancellorís Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1994-95 and the University at Albany Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1995.

Phillips has a bachelorís degree in human biology from Stanford University, a masterís degree in psychology from Teacherís College of Columbia University, and a master of philosophy and doctorate. in counseling psychology from Columbia University.


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