Adjunct Faculty

Updated 4/9/18

Richard Cavallaro

Mr. Cavallaro first joined the Oswego program as an adjunct in 2000-01.  While the principal of Westhill High School, Syracuse, NY, he taught EAD 610, The Principalship, for three years.  Since 2005 – 06, Mr. Cavallaro has been assigned to EAD 695, supervising SUNY Oswego administrative internships.  During this time he has supervised approximately 125 Oswego interns, many of whom are current administrators throughout the central New York area. 

As a former teacher, coach and administrator, Mr. Cavallaro brings a wealth of real world experience to the Oswego program, to include 17 years as a high school principal.  Under his leadership, Westhill High School received multiple accolades, the most significant of which was being selected by the U.S. Department of Education as a “Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.” 

BA - Spanish, Hobart College; MS - Educational Administration, Syracuse University; CAS - Educational Administration, Syracuse University 

Cathleen Chamberlain

Retired Assistant Superintendent, Oswego City Schools

Professor Chamberlain has had the privilege to work with many students who have chosen leadership as the next step in education. She has enjoyed mentoring new leaders as well as sharing her own leadership experiences. She loves instruction and feels so fortunate that she also has the opportunity to spend a good deal of time in classrooms around the country as she works with student teachers sharing instructional best practices and providing feedback. These roles keep her current in the field, allow her to share her expertise with future teachers and leaders, as well as fill her own need for continued growth and learning. 

BS - Elementary Education, SUNY Oswego; MA - Education, SUNY Oswego; CAS, SUNY Oswego

Dr. Jeff Craig

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Cortland Enlarged City School District

Dr. Jeff Craig has been an educator and leader for nearly thirty years. As teacher, team leader, assistant principal, and principal at two different middle schools he has made a difference for thousands of early-adolescents. He was named the 2008 New York State Middle School Principal of the Year and was also recognized as a National Distinguished Principal by the U.S. Secretary of Education. He’s taught the principalship course for SUNY Oswego’s Educational Administration program for nearly a decade.

In 2009 he joined the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES as the Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Support Services. In that role he supported instructional initiatives in the BOCES as well as in the twenty-three component school districts.

Recently, he joined the Cortland Enlarged City School District as their Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction and works to develop and implement systems for continuous improvement and collective responsibility.

BS - Secondary Education, SUNY Oswego; MS - Middle School Curriculum and Instruction, SUNY Oswego; CAS, SUNY Oswego

Danielle M. Dehm

Principal, Victor Central School District

After teaching kindergarten in the Batavia City School District and completing her Administrative Internship at Victor Primary School, she became the Assistant Principal and then the Principal at this school in 1994.  She is the Region 11 representative to the SAANYS Board of Directors and also holds a seat on the Executive Committee of that professional organization.  She has been an Adjunct Professor in the Educational Administration Program at SUNY Oswego since 2007, has supported many interns from various leadership programs over the years, and coached administrators through various programs available to new leaders.

Certifications:  N-6 Elementary Education; K-12 Special Education; School Building Leader; School District Leader

BS - Elementary Education, St. Bonaventure University; MS - Special Education, SUNY Buffalo; CAS, SUNY Brockport 

Michael J. DeMott

Michael DeMott retired as the Director of Human Resources in the Victor Central School District in 2011 after twelve successful years in that position. He previously served for six years as Assistant Director of Human Resources in the Rush-Henrietta School District, and seven years in personnel administration for Monroe County government. Prior to his administrative experience, Mr. DeMott taught Social Studies at the secondary level. He currently works as a consultant in personnel management and organizational analysis for Berry Consulting Services in Brockport, NY. In this capacity, Mr. DeMott has consulted in a number of school districts in western New York.

Mr. DeMott has wide and varied experiences in school personnel management including personnel selection processes, contract negotiation and administration, labor relations, disciplinary practices, staffing analysis and budgeting, civil service regulations, and the variety of other systems necessary for successful building and district personnel practices.  

BS - Political Science and History, Siene College; MS - Teaching, SUNY Binghamton; MS - Public Administration, SUNY Brockport

Lynne H. Erdle

Superintendent, Canandaigua City School District

Professor Erdle has served in an administrative role for the Canandaigua City School District for close to 30 years, the past five as Superintendent.  Additionally, she works with local districts through the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education strategic planning. 

BS - Special Education, SUNY Geneseo; MS -Special Education, Nazareth College; CAS, SUNY Brockport

Karen L. Finter

Director of Instruction, Grades 7-12; West Irondequoit Central School District

Mrs. Finter has served the West Irondequoit Central School District as a classroom teacher, teacher-leader, Director of the Teaching/Learning Center, Secondary Science Supervisor and currently as the Director of Instruction, Grades 7-12.  In her role, Mrs. Finter works to align district initiatives in support of exemplary student achievement through collaboration and facilitation of professional development.  Current initiatives include Response to Intervention (K-12), Data Driven Instructional Practices, Curriculum Implementation and 1:1 Technology Integration.  In over 20 years of educational experience, Mrs. Finter works to support an environment where all students can reach their full potential. 

BS - Biology, Rochester Institute of Technology; MS - Secondary Education, SUNY Geneseo; CAS, SUNY Oswego.

Doug Hamlin

BA - English Literature, University of Virginia; M.Ed. - Curriculum and Instruction, Georgia State University; CAS - Educational Administration, SUNY Brockport. 

Robert McKeveny

Superintendent, Seneca Falls Central School District

Professor McKeveny has served as an Adjunct Professor for the past three years.  He teaches the EAD 695 course and supervises Finger Lakes region Educational Administration interns.

He has served as Superintendent in the Seneca Falls Central School District for the past 9 years.  He has led the district through 2 Strategic Plans and a number of initiatives; including a strong Community Connections Program.  Prior to being Superintendent, he served as a Principal in Seneca Falls CSD for 16 years.

He is proud to report that most of the Seneca Falls CSD administrators are graduates of the strong SUNY Oswego EAD Program. 

BA - English & Elementary Education, SUNY Geneseo; MS - Reading, SUNY Geneseo; CAS - Educational Administration, SUNY Brockport.

Scott Slater

Scott has 25 years experience in education as both a teacher and administrator. He currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction at South Jefferson Central School District. Prior to that, Scott worked for 10 years at BOCES through the NYS Education Department leading a  team that offered school improvement services to districts in a four BOCES region.

BA - Communication, SUNY Buffalo; MS - Elementary Education, SUNY Potsdam; CAS - Educational Administration, SUNY Oswego

Terry Ward

Dr. Ward is currently the Superintendent of Schools at Cato-Meridian Central School District.  He has served as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Pupil Personnel at the Cazenovia Central School District.  Prior to that, Terry served as the Director of Special Education for the district.  Terry has experience as the District Data/Response to Intervention Coordinator for Cazenovia CSD while assigned there as an employee of the CNY Regional Information Center.  He served as a building elementary principal at Fulton City School District and assistant elementary principal for the Phoenix CSD.  During his administrative career Terry has worked to provide oversight for supporting administrative teams in the areas of implementing learning standards, using data, and improving professional practice.  Terry earned his Doctorate in Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College.  He holds a certificate in Advanced Study from SUNY Oswego, a Master of Science in Special Education from Syracuse University, a Bachelor of Arts in History from SUNY Cortland and an Associate of Applied Science degree from SUNY Canton.