Administration and Staff
Central to the success of the Westchester Graduate Campus is the consistent
availability of distinguished and seasoned faculty, many of whom are real-world practitioners from the business, education and professional communities, whose members enrich and challenge our students.
Faculty and Program Directors
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Faculty and Program Directors
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Dr. Sylvia Blake
Sylvia Blake is Associate Provost in charge of the Westchester Graduate Campus, as well as Academic Dean of the Campus. Over the course of thirteen years spent at Manhattanville College, Dr. Blake was Dean of the School of Education, Director of Reading and Writing Programs and a tenured faculty member. Prior to her work at Manhattanville, she was an assistant principal, a staff development specialist and a teacher in the New York City public schools. Dr. Blake's experience also includes work as a curriculum designer, high school English teacher, remedial reading teacher and school based reading coordinator. Dr. Blake has numerous publications to her credit including both curriculum materials and articles in professional publications. Additionally, she has been a presenter at regional, national and international conferences. Dr. Blake holds bachelor's and master's degrees from The City College of New York as well as a doctorate in Instructional Design in Reading and Language Arts from Teachers College, Columbia University.
EARLY CHILDHOOD/CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Dr. Iris Goldberg
Iris Goldberg, Director of Early Childhood/Childhood Education and Assistant Professor of Education at the Westchester Graduate Campus of Long Island University, teaches a broad range of courses including several offerings in early childhood and special education. Dr. Goldberg oversees the implementation of the MS. Ed. programs in Early Childhood and Childhood Education; Early Childhood Special Education; and Early Childhood Early Literacy.
Dr. Goldberg has extensive experience teaching a range of graduate courses at several metropolitan area colleges and universities. She holds a master's degree in learning disabilities and a Ph.D. in Early Childhood and Childhood Education from New York University.
Iris Goldberg’s career has spanned the domains of general and special education. Her teaching career began as an elementary school teacher in New York City. She then taught special education, as a special class teacher and consultant teacher, in the Rye City School District. Dr. Goldberg most recently served as the Rye City School District CSE chairperson and and has assumed leadership roles on the literacy team, curriculum council, and strategic planning committee.
As a teacher educator, Dr. Goldberg has focused her interest in the area of integration, inclusion and collaborative models. She designed an elementary consultant teacher model that received commendation from the New York State Education Dept., and also designed and implemented a model integrated early literacy support program and a middle school co-teaching model. Dr. Goldberg has researched, published, presented and provided professional development in the area of educational collaboration and instruction in integrated settings. She has also worked as an educational evaluator and private clinician.
Dr. Lynn Johnson
Lynn Johnson is Professor of Mangement and the MBA Director at the Rockland and Westchester Graduate Campuses of Long Island University.
Dr. Johnson is the former President of the Hudson Mohawk Association of Colleges and Universities in New York’s Capital Region. Other academic leadership posts include: Assistant Provost, University of Akron; Director of the Management Institute, New York University; and Director of Lifelong Learning for the Ohio Board of Regents. He was Founding President of the Edison Polymer Innovation Corporation in Northeast Ohio.
Dr. Johnson has taught management and leadership at the University of Akron, the Sage Colleges, Empire State College, New School University and New York University, and was appointed Public Service Professor at Rockefeller College, University at Albany, S.U.N.Y. he is a graduate of Yale University (B.A.), Union Theological Seminary (M.Div), and the University of New Hampshire (M.A.). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and returned there from 1993 to 1995 as a Visiting Scholar. He is an executive coach and management consultant, has established a number of university-industry partnerships, and has published on such subjects as adult learning, higher education – business cooperation, and the role of emotional intelligence in leadership. In 2009and 2010 he was a delegate of Yale University’s Global Alumni Leadership Exchange to universities in Japan and Turkey.
SPECIAL EDUCATION AND SECONDARY EDUCATION
Dr. Janet Simon
Janet Simon is the Director of Special Education and Adolescence Education, and Professor of Education. She began her teaching career as a special educator in the Cincinnati Public Schools, teaching students with learning and behavior problems. Prior to joining LIU in January, 2002, she served as a special education faculty member at Northern Kentucky University and later, at Manhattanville College. At the latter, she also served as Dean of the School of Education and Director of Curriculum and Program Development. During her career as a teacher educator, she has taught courses on a broad range of general and special education topics and has supervised hundreds of preservice and inservice teachers in a variety of school settings. She has researched such topics as the language skills of students with learning disabilities, collaboration in school settings, and transition from school-to-work, and has published and presented her findings at national and international conferences. She is holds leadership positions in several local educational organizations (e.g. Chapter 615 of the Council for Exceptional Children, Advisory Board of the Purchase College Partnership, College Consortium of Westchester). Dr. Simon holds a doctoral degree in special education and administration from the University of Cincinnati, as well as a master's in special education.
Dr. Rebecca Rich
Rebecca Rich is Director of Literacy Programs and Professor of Education at the Westchester Graduate Campus of Long Island University. For ten years, she was a professor of education and Director of Special Education at Manhattanville College. She has published numerous articles on literacy and on learning disabilities, developed curriculum materials for the teaching of reading, and in 1989 co authored Facing Learning Disabilities in the Adult Years published by Oxford University Press. Her current text, Teaching Students with Learning Problems in the Inclusive Classroom, was published by Merrill Prentice Hall in fall 2004. She has lectured at local, regional, and national conferences and has run workshops for school districts and community organizations. Prior to becoming a member of a college faculty, Dr. Rich worked as a general education teacher, a reading specialist, a resource room teacher, an educational evaluator, a learning disabilities consultant, and a clinician in private practice. She also developed, and then directed, a support program for college students with learning disabilities. She holds a doctoral degree in special education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a master's degree in reading and in special education.
TESOL and FOREIGN LANGUAGE EDUCATION
Dr. Helaine W. Marshall
Helaine W. Marshall is Director of Language Education Programs and Assistant Professor of Education at the Westchester Graduate Campus. She began her teaching career as a French teacher in the Newton Public Schools having completed her masters degree in French/Humanistic Studies at Tufts University. She then earned her doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University in TESOL (Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages). She has extensive experience in language program administration, instruction, and teacher education. Prior to joining LIU in January 2003, she held a number of positions in the field of language education. Most recently, she was Chair of the ESL Department at the ESL Institute of Westchester Community College. Previously, Dr. Marshall served as Resource Specialist at the Southern Westchester BOCES BETAC (Bilingual/ESL Technical Assistance Center). As Assistant Professor of Linguistics and ESL at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, she directed a National Institute for Literacy Grant and developed programs for students with limited or interrupted formal education. In addition, she has taught graduate courses in TESOL, Bilingual Education and Foreign Language Education at the College of New Rochelle, Fordham University, Queens College, Teachers College, and Vassar College. During her career as a teacher educator, she has supervised hundreds of preservice and inservice teachers in a variety of school settings. Dr. Marshall has done research on such topics as the learning paradigm of students from oral cultures and nontraditional approaches to the teaching of grammar. Dr. Marshall is active in professional educational organizations, such as TESOL and NYS TESOL and has held leadership positions, serving in NYS TESOL as Regional Coordinator, 2nd Vice President, and Position Paper Review Chair.
COUNSELING and PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAMS
Dr. Beth Weiner
Beth Weiner received her Psy.D. in 1987 from Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. She worked as a supervising psychologist for the New York State Office of Mental Health /Bronx Children’s Psychiatric Center for seven years where she was also the Director of the Psychology Externship Training Program for doctoral level students. During her years at Bronx Children's Psychiatric Center, Dr. Weiner worked in a variety of settings, including collaborative programs with the New York City Board of Education, such as a middle-school-based day treatment program. For the next nine years, Dr. Weiner held the position of Director of Clinical Services at Yeshiva University’s Parnes Family Psychological and Psychoeducational Services Clinic. Dr. Weiner provided administrative and clinical supervision for work done at the clinic and also taught classes on psychotherapy, psychological assessment and psychopathology and served as a reader on nearly 100 dissertations and research projects.
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