For Immediate Release — Tuesday, August 23, 2005


Mary E. McCrank

Media Relations Officer

(585) 245-5516

Osman Alawiye Appointed Dean of SUNY Geneseo's Shear School of Education

GENESEO, N.Y. — Osman Lutterodt Alawiye has been appointed dean of the Ella Cline Shear School of Education at the State University of New York at Geneseo.

Alawiye comes to Geneseo from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash., where he served as chair of the department of curriculum and supervision since 1996. Before that, he served as interim associate dean in the college's school of professional studies and director of teacher certification.

He brings to his new post the skills and expertise from those administrative positions, states Geneseo Provost Kate Conway-Turner. Alawiye is a full professor and widely published on issues concerning reading, student teachers' perception of practice and student achievement. He has significant experience in grant writing, school partnerships and accreditation. Alawiye began at Geneseo July 1.

A native of Accra, Ghana, West Africa, Alawiye came to America to attend college. He received his Ph.D. in curriculum education and master's degree in curriculum and instruction, both from New Mexico State University, a master's degree in biology from the University of South Dakota, and a bachelor's degree in sociology and biology from Dakota Wesleyan University in South Dakota. In addition, he received a juris doctorate from Seattle University School of Law.

He also has served as a science teacher and department chair in the Gadsden School District in New Mexico, coordinator of a continuing education child care program at New Mexico State University, a social worker and psychiatric aid in South Dakota, and as a summer legal intern in the Seattle School District. A teacher since 1976, Alawiye attained the rank of full professor in 1996 at Central Washington University. He also was a Fulbright Scholar in the summer of 1989. He holds teaching certificates in biology, physical science and chemistry, and also holds a public school administration certificate.

"I am deeply honored and pleased with my appointment as the dean of the Ella Cline Shear School of Education," said Alawiye. "In my new role, I intend to be supportive of the administration and eager to learn and contribute positively to Geneseo's already strong tradition of interconnectedness between liberal arts and the professional education programs on the campus."

Alawiye said he looks forward to extending the national recognition of Geneseo's programs.

"Leadership is about the fulfillment of human potential and worth. To these ends, I intend to promote excellence, respect, dignity, collegiality and goodwill among faculty, staff and our students. For success comes to those who wish and work for the success of others. I am indeed privileged to have this opportunity," said Alawiye.

Alawiye's wife, Catherine, also is an educator. The couple has a son, Noah Michael, who graduated from high school this year.

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