SUNY New Paltz appoints associate dean from Johns Hopkins as new dean of the School of Education

NEW PALTZ – The State University of New York at New Paltz announces the appointment of Michael S. Rosenberg as its new dean of the School of Education. Dr. Rosenberg is currently the associate dean for research in the School of Education and a professor in the Department of Special Education at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. His new appointment is effective August 3.

As the dean of the School of Education at New Paltz, Rosenberg will serve as the chief academic and administrative officer for the School. His responsibilities will include: mentoring department chairs; recruiting and developing new faculty; supporting and initiating regional partnerships; and coordinating with faculty to promote innovative programs responsive to the needs of the region and to the State University of New York (SUNY). Rosenberg will also manage financial resources and external fundraising; oversee accreditation procedures; and implement SUNY and State Education Department policies.

Dr. Michael S. Rosenberg

Commenting on his appointment, Rosenberg said, “The School of Education at New Paltz has a rich and long-standing history of innovation and quality teacher preparation. Working with colleagues across the university and in communities across the region, I look forward to contributing to and sustaining improvements in the quality of educational services for all students in our schools.”

Rosenberg is certainly familiar with SUNY; he holds both his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in special education from the State University College at Buffalo (Buffalo State).

President Donald Christian said he is excited to have Rosenberg join New Paltz as dean of education. “He brings with him a wealth of administrative and faculty experience and strengths as a serious-minded, thoughtful leader and problem-solver and an effective communicator,” Christian said. “His strong commitment to collaborative, transparent leadership, his dedication to student learning, and his reputation as an advocate of high quality will serve the School of Education, our students, and the regional educational community well.”

Prior to his 26 years at Johns Hopkins (11 as department chair), Rosenberg was an assistant professor for four years at a public university, Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., and also a visiting scholar at Westminster College in Oxford, England. His research efforts are a direct result of his practical experiences as a teacher. Prior to his return to graduate study, Rosenberg taught secondary students with learning and behavior disorders for the Orleans-Niagara Board of Cooperative Educational Services in New York.

Rosenberg is the co-editor of Teacher Education and Special Education, the journal of the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children. He is also the co-author of five textbooks on various topics in special education. A recipient of numerous competitive federal and state grants, Rosenberg has authored or co-authored more than 60 articles and chapters, presented at numerous national conferences, and served as a field editor for a number of special education journals.

In addition, Rosenberg has designed and implemented a comprehensive behavior management model for educational settings. This involves the training and performance assessment of various constituencies involved in the delivery of educational services. He is also engaged in the evaluation of a number of program initiatives involving compliance to federal requirements for students with special educational needs in urban environments. Rosenberg is also active in a line of research related to personnel shortages in special education, and coordinated the certification and licensure research team under the auspices of the Center on Personnel Studies in Special Education, a joint effort by Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt University and the University of Florida.

Rosenberg has completed a term as president of the Higher Education Consortium for Special Education and has served as research committee chair, publications chair, and secretary for the Council for Learning Disabilities. He was the first president of the Maryland Council for Learning Disabilities and completed a term as PTA president for Rodgers Forge Elementary School. He has advised over 30 doctoral graduates and was a recipient of the 2007 Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children/Merrill Teacher of Excellence Award.

Rosenberg earned his Ph.D. in special education at The Pennsylvania State University, and was recently a Fulbright Fellow at Saint Patrick’s College in Dublin, Ireland.

From Brooklyn, N.Y., Rosenberg is married to Irene Edmond-Rosenberg, an academic advisor who holds a master’s degree in public administration. They have one son, Daniel, who is currently attending law school.

As dean of the School of Education, Rosenberg will earn a salary of $146,000 and will hold an appointment as a tenured professor.