SUNY Potsdam Provost Appointed by Regents to NYS Teaching Standards & Practices Board


SUNY Potsdam Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Margaret E. Madden has been appointed by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York to the state Professional Standards and Practices Board for Teaching.

The board was established in 1998 by the Board of Regents to advise the Regents and the Commissioner of Education on matters related to teaching in New York State. The board is comprised of 28 members, including K-12 teachers and administrators, higher education representatives, public representatives and one teacher education student.

“I am honored to be able to serve on this board to advance collegiate programs in teacher preparation and promote professional development of teachers at all levels. High quality instruction throughout levels from pre-kindergarten to graduate work in education is vital for creating a productive and informed citizenry of New York State,” Dr. Madden said.

Members serve four-year staggered terms, with the exception of the teacher education student, who serves one, two-year term as a non-voting member. They are selected to represent diverse perspectives.

The board’s responsibilities include making recommendations to the Regents regarding:
• Mentoring programs for new teachers
• Criteria and training for annual teacher performance reviews
• Certification requirements to ensure that teachers are prepared to teach to the student learning standards
• Models and criteria for professional development
• A code of ethics for teachers
• Ways to attract and retain certified teachers in high need schools
• The NYS Teacher Certification Examination Program
• Professional development requirements for maintenance of certificates
• Liaisons with accrediting bodies for teacher education, including the newly formed Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, which resulted from the merger of NCATE and TEAC.
• The NYS Teacher Resource & Computer Training Center Program
• Teacher moral character cases
• Program policy and regulations

The New York State Board of Regents is responsible for the general supervision of all educational activities within the state, presiding over the New York State Education Department and the University of the State of New York. The University of the State of New York encompasses all the institutions, both public and private, which offer education in the state.

About the Provost:

Dr. Margaret E. Madden has been the provost and vice president of academic affairs at SUNY Potsdam since 2002. A social psychologist specializing in gender issues, she has taught courses in gender, social, developmental, personality and research methods in psychology and gender studies. 

Madden is currently chair of the Canton-Potsdam Hospital Board of Directors, and is the former chair of the Board of Educational Affairs of the American Psychological Association and former president of the Society for the Psychology of Women (Division 35 of APA). A fellow of the American Psychological Association, she received the 2008 Sue Rosenberg Zalk Award for Distinguished Service to the Society for the Psychology of Women.

She is the author of numerous articles and chapters on higher education administration, gender and leadership in education, integrating diversity into the psychology curriculum and attributions for various negative events, such as miscarriage, and has done many presentations on these and other topics nationally and internationally.

About education at SUNY Potsdam:

SUNY Potsdam has been educating educators for nearly 200 years. Teacher education at Potsdam traces its history back to the College’s foundation as St. Lawrence Academy, established in 1816, making SUNY Potsdam’s teacher education programs the oldest in the SUNY system. SUNY Potsdam’s School of Education and Professional Studies is accredited by NCATE. The College is also internationally known for its music education programs offered through The Crane School of Music, which is accredited through the National Association of Schools of Music. SUNY Potsdam’s rigorous general education academic core is founded on the liberal arts and sciences, offered through The School of Arts and Sciences.

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Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts.