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School of Education Announces New Associate Deans

Published August 30, 2017

The Nazareth College School of Education (SoE) is proud to announce two new associate deans will begin their roles as the SoE implements a new administrative structure. Shanna Jamanis, Ph.D., will serve as the SoE associate dean for Student Affairs, and Cindy McPhail, Ph.D., will serve as the SoE associate dean for Academic Affairs.

In collaboration with School of Education Dean Kate DaBoll-Lavoie, each associate dean will work and lead across all faculty, staff, students and programs within the School of Education. "This new structure will allow us to have a holistic approach, supporting fluidity and movement across all teacher education programs and faculty as we address our shared vision and goals," said DaBoll-Lavoie.

As School of Education Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Jamanis will be responsible for student issues, including student support and success initiatives, student academic status, admissions and recruitment, and academic advisement. As SoE's Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, McPhail is charged with long-range program and curriculum planning, faculty evaluation, course scheduling, and assessment. As part of this new model, the School of Education will no longer be divided into four academic departments with four department chairs. The current undergraduate and graduate programmatic administrative structure will remain in place with faculty serving as program directors.

"I am excited about the implementation of this new structure and thinking about the possibilities for our work. I am also so pleased that Dr. Jamanis and Dr. McPhail have moved into these new leadership roles. They both bring a breadth and depth of knowledge and experience, enthusiasm, and orientation to collaboration, that will be critical as the School of Education implements this unique and integrative structure," said Dean DaBoll-Lavoie.

Jamanis, associate professor and former chair of the Inclusive Childhood Education Department, co-directs the graduate Interdisciplinary Specialty Program in Autism (I-SPAN) and a U.S. Department of Education grant focused on improving educational and therapeutic services and results for children with autism. McPhail, professor and former director of TESOL programs, has also formerly served as chair of the Language, Literacy and Technology Department. McPhail also directs the Bilingual Education Extension Program.

As part of the implementation of the new structure, the School of Education is proud to announce two additional faculty members who will undertake new leadership roles: Rui Cheng, Ph.D., will serve as program director of the Graduate TESOL Programs, and Jennie Schaff, Ph.D., will serve as program director of the Undergraduate Inclusive Early Childhood/Childhood Education Program.

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