SUNY Cobleskill Appoints New Dean of the School Of Business and Liberal Arts and Sciences

Dr. Debra Thatcher, SUNY Cobleskill’s Acting President, announced that Jeffrey M. Anderson has been named Dean of the School of Business and Liberal Arts and Sciences effective July 29, 2013.


“We are very excited to have Dr. Anderson join our academic leadership team,” said Dr. Thatcher.  “His extensive teaching and writing background and proven administrative and leadership experience will be tremendous assets in helping guide the continued growth of academic programs at SUNY Cobleskill.”


Dr. Anderson comes to Cobleskill after serving as Dean of Humanities, Fine Arts and Social Sciences at Illinois Valley Community College.  Prior to that, he was Director of General Studies and Associate Professor of History at South University in West Palm Beach, Florida.  He is familiar with the State University of New York system, having previously served as an Assistant Professor at SUNY Oswego and as an Instructor at Suffolk County Community College.  He was Visiting Assistant Professor at Canisius College, in Buffalo from and at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL.  Anderson also served in the U.S. Army in the role of Intelligence Analyst and Interrogator for a Military Intelligence Detachment Special Forces group. 


Dr. Anderson received his B.A. in History and Political Science from Illinois Wesleyan University, M.A. in History from Syracuse University and Ph.D. in History from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. His areas of expertise include the history of political philosophy, the history of education, European social, intellectual and cultural history, and historiography, as well as the scholarship of teaching and learning.  In addition to having several essays and articles published on topics ranging from education standards to online education to teaching, Dr. Anderson has two books to his credit:  The Skinny on Teaching:  What You Don’t Learn in Graduate School (Information Age Publishing, 2011) and The Honorable Burden of Public Office: English Humanists and Tudor Politics in the Sixteenth Century (Peter Lang Publishing, 2010).

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