School of Education

School of Education

Points of Pride

Why SUNY New Paltz?

  • Our faculty members have been cited for excellence in teaching, research, and service, including receiving Distinguished Faculty and SUNY Chancellor’s Awards and prestigious honors from the Fulbright Program, National Writing Project, Guggenheim Foundation, National Science Foundation, and National Endowment for the Arts.
  • We are committed to the betterment of the surrounding community. For example, the Hudson Valley Writing Project, housed at SUNY New Paltz, offers high quality professional development for educators as well as writing camps for youth.
  • Our passionate faculty and staff are involved in research, publication, and presentation opportunities with students.
  • Faculty members are dedicated to New Paltz’s Conceptual Framework, which values the preparation of caring, critical, and reflective professionals who are responsive to the needs of a diverse society.

What makes our faculty special?

  • Dr. Julie Gorlewski connects theory to practice by using case story analysis, simulation/role-play, and strategic interruption to develop professional dispositions that support critical reflection and student learning.
  • Dr. Lisa Barker created an advising tool aligning New Paltz’s course requirements with state certification requirements.
  • Drs. Tom Meyer and Mary Sawyer co-founded the Hudson Valley Writing Project (HVWP), a local site of the National Writing Project, whose purpose is to improve the teaching of writing and to promote literacy development from pre-kindergarten through college.
  • Dr. Devon Duhaney is the project director for the Science Technology Entrance Program (STEP) for under-represented youth.
  • Dr. Catherine Paolucci presented research at conferences in Ireland, South Africa, and Brazil. Dr. Laura J. Dull served as a “Teachers for Africa” volunteer in Ghana.
  • Students in Dr. Sue BooksEducation across Borders course collaborate with students in Slovakia.
  • Fulbright Scholars include Dr. Books in Iceland and Dr. Dull in Serbia.

Student Involvement Opportunities

  • Monitor glass eels in an after-school science program for youth with Dr. Rosemary Millham.
  • Present at state and national conferences with Dr. Mary Sawyer.
  • Conduct science and technology workshops for STEP participants with Dr. Devon Duhaney.
  • Network with practicing educators, scholars, and activists with Dr. Julie Gorlewski, co-director of the Equity and Social Justice Conference and a member of the steering committee for Reclaiming the Conversation on Education.
  • Publish an article about a lesson taught in a middle school with Dr. Laura Dull.
  • Serve as an apprentice to Hudson Valley Writing Project Teacher Consultants in Young Writers’ Programs while fulfilling fieldwork hours.
  • Edit English Journal, published by the National Council of Teachers of English with co-editor Dr. Julie Gorlewski.
  • Work as a work study student or graduate assistant.

What are our alumni doing now?

  • Alumni mentor student teachers and fieldwork observers in Hudson Valley middle and high schools.
  • Bonnie Kaplan ’76, John Shanley ’83g, and Greg Carlson ’91g are Dean’s Award Winners for excellence in teaching.
  • Katelin Grande ’06g and Christine McCartney ’07g are HVWP teacher-consultants and co-teach graduate courses at New Paltz.
  • Gregory Raymond ’11 has opened an English language school in Thailand, Rana Abdelqadar ’13 works at the Boys and Girls Club in Newburgh, and Martha Young ’05g is a Literacy Specialist at Newburgh and an adjunct professor for New Paltz’s TESOL program.
  • Thomas Robertine ’12 turned his fieldwork experiences into a book chapter, “Continuous Becoming: Fieldwork as a Mutually Transformative Experience (P.L. Thomas (Ed.), “Becoming and being a teacher: Confronting traditional norms to create new democratic realities,” Peter Lang, 2012).
  • ¬†Dawn Vandervloed ’03 and Bernadette Condesso ’04g published a book chapter titled “On revolution and rights: China’s Cultural Revolution.” (D. Turk, L.J. Dull, R. Cohen, & M. Stoll, “Teaching recent global history: Dialogues among historians, social studies teachers, and students, Routledge,” 2014).