Academic Affairs

Deborah Amory

Deborah P. Amory, Ph.D., serves as vice provost in the Office of Academic Affairs at SUNY Empire State College. She earned her bachelor's degree in African Studies from Yale University, and she holds a doctorate in anthropology from Stanford University.

As vice provost, Amory oversees half of the college’s regional centers, which are located throughout upstate New York, and is responsible for more than 5,000 students, 75 full-time faculty and hundreds more part-time faculty and support staff. 

In addition, she supervises three college offices focusing on key partnerships, including those with Community Colleges, Corporate and Community Partnerships, and the college's Office of Veterans and Military Education, serving approximately 2,000 military and veteran students and their families across New York State and through the college's offices at Fort Drum.

Previously, she worked at the State University of New York at Purchase where she was first hired as an assistant professor and was promoted to academic and leadership roles of increasing responsibility and complexity; she served both as Faculty Presiding Officer and as the Director of Instructional Technology.

Amory has an extensive scholarly record in anthropology, having spent 20 years studying the Swahili language and culture, and conducting research in East Africa.

She is an internationally recognized expert on gender and sexuality in Africa, and she is the recipient of several awards for her scholarship, teaching and service.