Dr. Robert Curry joined the Alfred State faculty in 2004 and served as department chair for English and Humanities from 2008 to 2013. He was appointed interim dean of the School of Arts and Sciences in October 2013 and since June 2014 has served in a permanent capacity. Curry is New York’s higher education representative to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and serves on PARCC’s Core Leadership Review Committee and New York’s ELA Content Advisory Panel—both groups that work to develop Common Core-aligned assessments. He has also worked on Common Core alignment with the GED Testing Service and for the U.S. Department of Education. His other interests include technology and education, competency-based education, and the study of literature and environment.
As dean, Curry is responsible for leading more than 70 faculty and staff. The school, with an annual budget of about $3 million, includes seven departments (Agriculture and Veterinary Technology, English and Humanities, Mathematics and Physics, Nursing, Physical and Life Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the Student Success Center) offering 19 programs to approximately 1,277 students.
The dean also provides leadership in strategic planning and implementing a mission to assure that the school is an academic leader in the region and the nation.
Curry holds a PhD in English from the University of Connecticut, an MA in English from Chico State University, and a BA in Creative Writing and Comparative Literature from San Francisco State University.