Interim Dean Paul Cascella

Since November, 2016, Paul W. Cascella has been the Interim Dean of the Lurie College of Education. Before serving as the Interim Dean, Paul was the Associate Dean and Chair/Professor of Communicative Disorders and Sciences.

Paul is deeply committed to public education, and especially advocates for first-generation students, college students with disabilities, and student research opportunities. He has tangible experience building cross-disciplinary collaborative community-campus partnerships, novel pedagogies, and diversity-focused initiatives. He is a vigorous sponsor of shared governance and joint decision-making.

Prior to coming to San José State University, Paul was Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at Hunter College, City University of New York (CUNY) with joint appointments at the CUNY Graduate Center (Ph.D. and Au.D. programs). Before that, he was a Professor at Southern Connecticut State University.

Paul earned a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Special Education at the University of Connecticut, a Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Marquette University. Paul was a Mellon Fellow at the Yale University Child Study Center. His clinical experience included working in general and special education programs within: Birth-to- Three services; public and private pre-k, elementary, and high schools; human service agencies; and state institutions.

Paul’s research and teaching have concentrated on evidence-based educational and communication assessments and interventions for persons with intellectual disability, vision impairment, deaf-blindness, and autism spectrum disorders. An accomplished teacher-scholar, he has 35+ original publications and 75+ papers delivered at professional conferences and school districts. He has also served on myriad university committees focused on: ethical research practices; program assessment and accreditation; student/faculty/staff diversity, hiring, and mentoring; curriculum; faculty supports and review processes; strategic planning and budgeting; enrollment management; and undergraduate and graduate admissions.