Lori V. Quigley, Ph.D., Professor and Dean of the Esteves School of Education

Lori Quigley

Dr. Lori Quigley is Professor and Dean of the Esteves School of Education at The Sage Colleges in the capital region of New York State.  She earned her bachelor of arts from St. Bonaventure University, and her master of arts and Ph.D. from Fordham University.

Lori’s role as dean has involved articulating a vision for the future and building her School’s culture of intellectual excitement to shape centers of excellence and distinction by designing a diversified portfolio of programs.  She has developed practices that nurture faculty and establish collaborative partnerships with P-12 schools and community agencies, as well as demonstrated relationships with funders and major donors who have committed to supporting several programs she initiated at the college.

These new initiatives include the establishment of:

  • The Scholars Institute, a campus afterschool program modeled after the Harlem Children’s Zone and designed for gifted, inner-city fifth- and sixth-grade students
  • the Help Yourself Academy, a college pipeline program for at-risk third- to eighth-grade students designed to strengthen their knowledge and skills in math and science
  • Sarah’s Sisters, a full-day school program in conjunction with Questar III BOCES, which houses a 6:1:1 classroom of young adults on campus
  • the Sage All-Stars, an afterschool program targeting middle school students in areas of literacy, health and wellness
  • an urban support center for teachers wishing to obtain National Board Certification
  • annual alumni parlor discussions with local authors
  • the annual Spring Speakers Series, designed to bring pre-service teachers, practicing teachers and educational professionals, and the greater community together to listen to the diverse perspectives of prominent individuals who are experts in their areas of education and share in collegiate discussion of the topics presented

As an academic dean, Lori has also collaborated with undergraduate faculty in the creation of first-year experience foundations courses associated with learning communities designed to facilitate students’ transition to higher education, improve students’ critical analysis, thinking and writing skills, as well as promote both recruitment and retention.  More recently, Lori led a faculty committee working on a Teagle-funded grant in partnership with members of the New American Colleges and Universities (NAC&U).  The grant’s purpose is to develop a new model of faculty evaluation, one that thinks beyond the traditional areas of teaching, scholarship and service, and as it relates to a “holistic” department model for faculty.  Her work with college faculty has also involved professional development in the area of curriculum assessment and pedagogy for the students of the new millennium.

Lori serves as President of the Executive Board of the New York Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (NYACTE), and she has been appointed to the Global Diversity Committee of the American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE). She also serves on the Teacher Education Advisory Group (TEAG) to the NYSED Commissioner of Education, was selected to serve on the cIcu Independent Sector Advisory Group, and chaired the Native American Indian Education Association of New York (NAIEA/NY) for nearly a decade. Lori was among 24 participants in the year-long senior leadership academy of the Council of Independent Colleges. Lori serves on the local board of the YWCA, and she holds a gubernatorial appointment on the NYS Minority Health Council.

In 2004, Lori received a U.S. Presidential appointment to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education, of which she served as Chairperson until June 2010. In May 2006, Lori was awarded the prestigious State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Research and Scholarship, and in January 2008, she was honored by the National Federation of Just Communities with the Community Leader in Education Award. In July 2007, Lori received the Hackman Residency Award from the NYS Archives, enabling her to research the history and sociological impact of the former Thomas Indian School.  The documentary Unseen Tears: The Impact of Native American Residential Boarding Schools, in which she served as advisor on the project, was released in December 2009.

Lori’s research interests include second language acquisition, culturally relevant pedagogy, learning community theory and multigenerational trauma. In her work, Lori focuses a great deal of energy on the development and sustainability of programs that are socially just, culturally responsive, and aggressively seek to serve all students. Lori, who is a member of the Seneca Nation (wolf clan), is married to Don, a retired social studies teacher and Iroquoian and Irish historian, who devotes much of his time to volunteerism on local boards as well as outreach to undergraduate students at the Sage College of Albany. Lori’s son Drew is an executive chef with the Seneca Casino corporation in Niagara Falls.