Michael P. Alfano Announced as New Farrington College of Education Dean

News Story: December 19, 2017

Dear members of the Sacred Heart University community,

Michael Alfano
Michael P. Alfano

I am pleased to share that Michael P. Alfano will be the next dean of the Isabelle Farrington College of Education. He comes to us from the role of dean, School of Education and Professional Studies, at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) in New Britain. Highlights from Mike’s time at CCSU  include efforts to establish the CCSU Center of Excellence in Social and Emotional Learning and the CCSU Teacher Leadership Fellowship Program.  He was instrumental in developing numerous undergraduate and graduate programs at CCSU, including Central’s first international doctoral program in educational leadership. He formerly served as professor and chair of the Department of Special Education and Reading at Southern Connecticut State University. Prior to that, he served, first, as director of the Graduate Teacher Preparation Program and, then, as executive director of Teacher Preparation Programs in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut.

Mike currently holds an appointment to the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education’s (AACTE) Clinical Practice Commission. Additionally, he recently joined the faculty of AACTE’s Leadership Academy. Mike has published widely in the fields of teacher preparation, reading and special education. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University, an M.Ed. from DePaul University and a Ph.D. in educational psychology and special education from the University of Connecticut.

I am looking forward to having Mike join the faculty and lead the College of Education as we seek to strengthen curriculum and programs in the College, and develop new graduate programs. His input will be critical to the success of our strategic plan, our mission and our goals. I am confident that his passion for teacher education and special education, along with his management experience, will lead him to great success here at SHU.

I would also be extremely remiss if I did not thank the members of the search committee for their hard work as well as everyone who participated in the interview process and provided feedback.

I also want to thank Tom Forget who allowed us to interrupt his retirement plans and ably took the reins on an interim basis while we conducted our search. His work was invaluable. We are grateful and wish him all the best in his retirement.

Mike will officially start this role on January 9. Please make a point of introducing yourself and welcoming him to the SHU family.

Rupendra Paliwal, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs