School of Professional Development

Thomas Sexton

Message from the Interim Dean

"When I was asked last spring to serve as the Interim Dean of SPD while the campus searches for a permanent successor, I was both humbled and honored to learn that both Dr. Edelson [former Dean] and Provost Assanis would place such trust in me. Frankly, it’s going to seem awfully strange this fall without Paul in the Dean’s Office...But I have great confidence in the outstanding staff that Paul has developed in SPD and I will do my best to make the transition as smooth as possible." Read more.

Thomas Sexton, PhD
Interim Dean

Dr. Nancy Goroff

New Leadership for Professional Development and Graduate School

Dr. Nancy S. Goroff was selected to serve as the Associate Provost for the Integration of Research, Education and Professional Development, and Associate Dean of the Graduate School, effective September 9, 2013. In this position, she will identify and cultivate opportunities for obtaining fellowships and program grants to support student research activities. Dr. Goroff will also support the development, in collaboration with existing programs, of synergistic educational and research activities aimed at the creation of strong pipelines of students and educators who will pursue STEM teaching, research and industry careers. Read more about Dr. Nancy S. Goroff.

Don Sternberg


Don Sternberg, EDL Faculty, Published New Book

Don Sternberg, adjunct lecturer in Educational Administration at Stony Brook University and New York State's 2009 Principal of the Year, has published a career advice book. In The Principal: Traversing the High-Wire with No Net Below, he shares his insights about how to successfully lead within the public education arena while keeping the most important constituency, the students, front and center in all he does. Read more.

SPD's Online Education Programs Move Up in U.S. News & World Report's Annual Ratings of Graduate Programs

The program now ranks #22 in the nation. Read more.

Friends of Education Awards


Friends of Education Awards

Each year, the Stony Brook University Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa International bestows "Friends of Education" awards to honor the accomplishments of outstanding educators, staff members and community members throughout Nassau and Suffolk County. This year, awards were presented at a reception that took place on June 13, 2014 in the Wang Center at Stony Brook University. Read more.