Meet the CURCE Team

Dr. JoAnne Malatesta, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

Dean Malatesta first joined the University at Albany in 1997 as a doctoral student in the School of Criminal Justice. In 1999, she accepted a position with the University as a program coordinator in the Office of Undergraduate Education. She served in the School of Criminal Justice as assistant to the dean for student services (2003-07) and assistant dean (2007-14) before being appointed assistant vice provost for Undergraduate Education and director of Advisement Services (2014-18). She has served as interim vice provost and dean of Undergraduate Education since 2019. She holds master’s and doctoral degrees in Criminal Justice from UAlbany, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Social Psychology and Criminal Behavior from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Dr. Malatesta believes that the development of partnerships across the University is critical for the growth and enhancement of the overall student experience and that our collaborative efforts provide unique and personalize support essential to student success. To the end, she has championed the implementation of state of the art technologies and share platforms that improve communication and connections between students and advisors across the campus. By breaking down traditional silos we are able to more seamlessly share information and build campus-wide solutions that address individual student needs.

Above all else, Dean Malatesta believes in the power of personal connections and the importance of recognizing individual journeys, challenges, and successes.

Casey Kohler, Assistant to the Dean

Casey KohlerCasey joined the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education in 2015. Casey is committed to enhancing the student experience and student success at the University at Albany through Undergraduate Research. She has brought her experience in both Student and Academic Affairs to her position to develop programming and support services for students interested in engaging in research, scholarship and creative activities. She holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Communications from SUNY Oneonta and a Masters of Science in Higher Education with a concentration in Leadership for Student Success from Walden University.

Hayley Peterson, Graduate Assistant

Hayley Peterson is currently a graduate student at the University at Albany (SUNY), where she is obtaining a Master of Business Administration (MBA). She recently graduated in May 2020 with her Bachelor of Arts in Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity and Bachelor of Science in Human Biology. Hayley first joined CURCE during her freshman year in 2016 and served as a CURCE Ambassador from 2016-2019 before officially joining the CURCE team as an Undergraduate Assistant from 2019-2020. In addition to being a part of CURCE, she is also a Research Assistant with the Center for Advanced Red Teaming (CART) under the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity.