Chris Dearth, Director of Admissions
Chris received a B.A. in Marketing from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and
his M.A. in Leadership and Liberal Studies from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh,
PA. Prior to his current position, Chris spent 6 years as Assistant Director of admissions
at Richard Stockton College, a regionally ranked public college. There, he was responsible
for increasing applications and the incoming student profile each year as well as
creating several unique visitation programs for prospective students. Chris is an
active member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors, the New
York State Association of College Admissions Counselors, the New Jersey Association
of College Admissions Counselors, and the SUNY College Admissions Professionals.
Sarah Laurie, Environmental Safety & Sustainability Specialist
Sarah Laurie is a State University of New York at Fredonia graduate, holding a Master
of Science in Biology. Sarah came to work at Fredonia in 2007, joining the Environmental
Health & Safety department where she currently oversees employee training and hazardous
waste management, among many other responsibilities. Over the last several years Sarah’s
position at Fredonia has grown to include Sustainability as well. In this capacity
she chairs the campus Sustainability Committee and acts as the Sustainability Coordinator
and liaison to the numerous sustainability organizations of which Fredonia is a member.
Sarah is one of 168 certified Greenhouse Gas Inventory Quantifiers in the world.
Erin Mroczka, Director, First Year and Transition Programs
Erin earned a Master of Science degree in Creativity and Change Leadership from Buffalo
State (2010). A student affair’s professional since 1998, Erin specializes in the
area of first year programming, event management, FSU4U, and the advisement of student
clubs and organizations. She is passionate about utilizing Creative Problem Solving
techniques to help individuals and groups create change, inspire progress, or assess
Dr. Jill Reese, Assistant Professor, School of Music
Jill received her Ph.D. from Temple University, and has been teaching at The State
University of New York at Fredonia since 2011. She teaches undergraduate and graduate
courses in Music Education. Her research interests include early childhood music development,
creativity and improvisation, and professional development communities for preservice
and in-service music teachers.
Dr. Guangyu Tan, Ph. D., Assistant Professor, College of Education, Department of Curriculum & Instruction
Guangyu earned her Ph.D. in Cultural Foundations of Education at Kent State University
in May 2009. She has taught as a Diversity Teaching Fellow in the Department of Adolescence
Education at Canisius College from 2007 to 2010. Currently, Dr. Tan is an assistant
professor at Curriculum & Instruction Department at The State University of New York
at Fredonia. Before she came to the United States, Dr. Tan taught English at Xi Hua
University in China for three years. Dr. Tan's primary research interest is equity
in education, e.g. migrant children's education, and girls' education in China. As
a first generation Chinese American, Dr. Tan is also interested in ethnic identity
formation of immigrant children; international/intercultural education; and comparative
education. In addition, Dr. Tan has teaching interests in philosophical and social
foundations of education, multicultural education, and comparative education.
Peter Tucker, Assistant Professor, Department of Visual Arts and New Media
Peter teaches Digital Foundations, Installation Art, Performance Art, and Video Sculpture.
He has a BA in Psychology from Oklahoma State University, a BFA from the University
of Texas and an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art. Peter has taught at the University
of Texas and at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas. His work has been shown
in galleries across the country and is in the permanent collections of the Blanton
Museum of Art and the Library of Congress. Peter's work explores those feisty nooks
and crannies between life and art.