September 11, 2012

SUNY Empire State College Establishes the Office of Research, Innovation and Open Education

(SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Sept. 12, 2012) – SUNY Empire State College Acting President Meg Benke today announced the establishment of the Office of Research, Innovation and Open Education and that Robert Clougherty, Ph.D., formerly dean of the School for Graduate Studies, will oversee the office in his new role of acting vice provost.

Several of the college’s existing offices and functions will be consolidated in order to gain the synergy of collaboration and coordination among the activities they perform. 

In addition to other initiatives, ORIOE will:

  • seek external financial support
  • create new opportunities for faculty professional development
  • encourage and support innovation in open education, teaching, learning and research
  • establish new partnerships and alliances for the benefit of the college, SUNY, the state and its citizens.

 The college’s Office of Grants and Contracts, which, with SUNY and the New York Academy of Sciences, assisted in the securing of a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation; community and corporate partnerships, which recently worked to form a partnership with Peconic Bay Medical Center School of Radiology; and the college’s Center for Mentoring and Learning, which supports faculty development, including both new mentor orientation and ongoing support of experienced faculty, and publishes “All About Mentoring,” will now be under the auspices of ORIOE.

“By gathering many of the college’s public-facing offices under one central office, we can be more effective in advancing the college’s strategic plan and in leveraging the strengths of all of the initiatives moving forward as a result the university’s overall strategic plan, 'The Power of SUNY',” said Benke. “I am pleased Bob has agreed to lead this effort and I look forward to swift and steady progress.”

Dr. Robert Clougherty Jr.

Robert Clougherty

‌“Establishing this office will enable the college to continue to be a national leader in delivering and assessing learning, awarding credit and in advancing open education,” said Clougherty. “I am grateful to Meg for her confidence in me and I look forward to working with my colleagues in my new role as we advance the college’s mission, its strategic plan and 'The Power of SUNY' to better support students and faculty for the greater benefit of the state of New York.”

About Robert Clougherty

Clougherty has been with the college for five years as dean of the School for Graduate Studies. Prior to coming to the college, he was professor of English and founding director of the Institute for Technological Scholarship at Tennessee Tech University. Clougherty earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Villanova University, a master’s degree in rhetoric form Texas Woman’s University, and a doctorate in modern letters from the University of Tulsa.




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