Published May 24, 2017
Dear University Community:
I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Suzanne Rosenblith as Dean of UB’s Graduate School of Education, effective July 1, 2017.
Following an extensive national search, Dr. Rosenblith, who is currently Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Professor of Educational Foundations at Clemson University, emerged from a highly competitive pool of candidates. Dr. Rosenblith stood out because of her impressive administrative experience, collaborative approach to leadership, creative ideas for approaching issues facing education programs nationally, and clear vision for furthering the Graduate School of Education’s mission of improving human development, education and the information environment through research, education and engagement.
As Associate Dean and previously Chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning at Clemson University, Dr. Rosenblith was integral to the reorganization and reimagining of the College of Education. She helped guide faculty and staff through the strategic planning process, expanded and enhanced the school’s relationship with community partners, grew enrollment, and introduced a research focus and digital media and learning emphasis within her department. In addition, Dr. Rosenblith led the creation or revision of numerous educational programs at all levels in the College of Education, including seven PhD programs, an online Master of Education (MEd) degree, five-year BA-MEd program, and a transdisciplinary, equity-based STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) initiative to diversify STEM disciplines and careers by infusing art and design into educational programs spanning from early childhood through the PhD.
Dr. Rosenblith is a prolific scholar who is widely known for her research on the relationship between religion and public schooling. Her work is grounded at the intersections of educational policy, philosophy of education, and educational identity where she seeks to examine the relationship between religion and education in democratic, pluralist schools. In 2008, Dr. Rosenblith was one of only three people in the United States who was invited to participate in the United Nations Copenhagen conference on "Education for Intercultural Understanding and Dialogue."
Dr. Rosenblith holds a PhD in educational policy studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a master’s degree in experiential education from Minnesota State University, and a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary social sciences from Muhlenberg College.
I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Dean Marsha Lewis and all of the members of the search committee for their outstanding service, which was vital to the successful outcome of this search. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Dean Jaekyung Lee for his excellent leadership of the Graduate School of Education over the past five years.
Please join me in welcoming Dr. Rosenblith to UB and to this important leadership role within our campus community. For more details on this appointment, please view the full announcement here.
Charles F. Zukoski Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs