Marlene Zakierski, Ph.D.

Department: Educational Leadership
Rank, Program: 
Associate Professor, Educational Leadership

Contact info:     
: 518-244-4588
Rathbone Hall, Room 202, Albany Campus

Degree Information:

  • Ph.D. in Language, Literacy and Learning, Fordham University
  • M.S. in Educational Administration and Supervision, PACE UNIVERSITY
  •  M.S. in Special Education, COLLEGE OF NEW ROCHELLE
  • B.A. in Spanish and Elementary Education, COLLEGE OF NEW ROCHELLE

Professional Permanent NYS Certifications:

    • New York State School District Administrator
    • New York State Reading Teacher Pre-K-12
    • New York State School Administration and Supervision
    • New York State Special Education Pre-K-12

      Courses Taught:

        • EDL 715 Leadership: An Endeavor of Human Interaction
        • EDL 742 Foundations of Inquiry II
        • Dissertation advisement and committee participation


            • Interdisciplinary education
            • School reform
            • Childhood and adolescent literacy
            • Transition programs for special education adolescents
            • Professional development impacting teacher quality and student achievement

              Previous work in education:

              • Director and Professor at Iona College, New Rochelle NY.  
              • Co-Author/Planner of the Childhood/Adolescent Literacy Special Education Programs Iona College, New Rochelle, NY.
              • Director/Creator of “Generating Authentic Experiences for Learning Success while Realizing Independence and Career Exploration” Program at Iona College, New Rochelle, NY
              • Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Roosevelt UFSD
              • Principal, Pennington-Grimes Elementary School, Mount Vernon, NY
              • Principal, Edward Williams Elementary School, Mount Vernon, NY
              • Assistant Principal, A.B. Davis Middle School, Mount Vernon, NY     
              • Intern Fellowship Program Liaison, Fordham University, NYC, NY
              • Educational Consultant, Yonkers CSD, Newburgh CSD


                • Phi Delta Kappa Honor Society:  Chapter President, Fordham University Chapter
                • Co-Authored, Managing Diversity-Based Conflicts Among Children, Phi Delta Kappan Fastback


                    • Bridges Award, New Rochelle School District SEPTA -celebrates an individual in the broader community, who has gone above and beyond to foster an environment of inclusiveness for special needs individuals.
                    • Phi Delta Kappa Outstanding Dissertation Award
                    • SUNY Professional Development Award
                    • New York State PTA Jenkins Memorial Award

                      Professional Memberships:

                      • Association of American Research Association
                      • Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development 
                      • International Reading Association
                      • Council for Exceptional Children (2009-Present)
                      • Phi Delta Kappa International


                      • Program Director, NYC Educational Leadership
                      • Sage Institutional Review Board (IRB) Committee Member
                      • NCATE/CAEP CEC National Program Reviewer