September 13, 2010

Janet Shideler Appointed Associate Dean at SUNY Empire State College

Janet L. Shideler

Janet L. Shideler

(SARTAOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Sept. 13, 2010) Janet L. Shideler, of Cohoes, New York has been appointed associate dean of the Center for Distance Learning at SUNY Empire State College.

She comes to Empire State College from Excelsior College, where she was associate dean and graduate program director in the School of Liberal Arts. Prior to that, Shideler was associate director for International Partnerships, Office of International Programs, State University of New York, System Administration from 2005 to 2007. She has also been chair of the Department of French and Russian and associate professor of French at Concordia College, associate director of the Center for the Study of Canada and International programs and Exchanges at SUNY Plattsburgh, and assistant and later associate professor of French at SUNY Potsdam. She has a Ph.D. in French from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a Master of Arts in French from McGill University, and a Bachelor of Arts in French from the University of Toronto, Trinity College. Her research interests are in second-language teaching, international education, and Francophonie, with particular emphasis on French-Canadian immigration to the United States and the writings of immigrant women.

“We are very happy to welcome Janet Shideler to Empire State College,” said Thomas Mackey, interim dean for CDL. “She arrives at CDL with impressive academic credentials and extensive experience in faculty development, international programs, and administration. We also appreciate this opportunity to welcome Janet back to the State University of New York.

“I am delighted to be back in the State University of New York system,” Shideler said. “This is where I began my career in higher education and where I enjoyed more than a decade of work alongside gifted faculty and students whose examples always challenged me to try to become a better teacher and administrator. I am especially excited to be part of Empire State College and its Center for Distance Learning, both respected models of innovation and service.”

As associate dean, Shideler is expected to provide leadership for academic quality and faculty development, as well as oversee a team of assistant area coordinators. She reports to the Interim Dean of the Center for Distance Learning, Thomas P. Mackey, and will participate in collegewide planning through quarterly meetings and other leadership committees. She will share leadership of the center with the dean, particularly in areas related to mentoring/advising, overall academic quality of degree programs, oversight of outcomes assessment and evaluation processes in the center with colleagues, and faculty roles in the center. She will join a peer group of other associate deans working in regional centers and other academic programs around the state that have periodic collegewide meetings.

The Center for Distance Learning enrolls students in New York state, across the nation and around the globe. It has specialized partnerships with the Army, the Navy and several corporations and organizations. For more information, please visit our web site:

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