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Dr. Laura Joseph '84


Laura Joseph

Dr. Laura Joseph, distinguished scholar, teacher and leader, is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.  Dr. Joseph is a 1984 graduate of FSC, and has long-standing tenure at Farmingdale State College.  She served two years as Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and three years as Acting Assistant Dean of the School of Health Sciences.  Dr. Joseph began her academic career at Farmingdale State College in 1991, as a faculty member in the Department of Dental Hygiene. She served as department chair from 2003-2013.

In addition to her work in health promotion and disease prevention, Dr. Joseph has been actively engaged in accreditation and institutional assessment, including service as Farmingdale State College’s liaison to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and commissioner for the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation.  She continues to serve as an ADA-CODA site visitor, and has led Farmingdale State College’s assessment initiative.  Her interest in active learning and innovative pedagogy has led to SUNY recognition, as a recipient of the prestigious Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and Old Dominion University’s Alumni Award for Outstanding Educator. 

Prior to her work at Farmingdale State College, Dr. Joseph was a clinical research investigator at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Research Center, where she conducted research in oral health and disease prevention.  Dr. Joseph has served as a national and international consultant on clinical calibration. Additional activities of scholarship include grants, as well as publications on allied dental education.

Dr. Laura Joseph earned a PhD in Higher Education and Academic Leadership from Columbia University in 1998, and BS and MS degrees in Science from Old Dominion University.