Interim Dean Paul Cascella

Paul W. Cascella is the Interim Dean, Lurie College of Education and Professor of Communicative Disorders and Sciences.  Paul is deeply committed to public education, and especially advocates for first-generation students and college students with disabilities. He is a vigorous sponsor of shared governance and joint decision making. He has tangible experience building the infrastructure to support cross-disciplinary collaborative community-campus partnerships, curriculum revisions, accreditation metrics, program assessment, faculty mentoring, novel pedagogies, and diversity-focused campus and community programs.

Before 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). He also worked 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 research and professional experiences emphasize social inclusion and competencies of children and adults with developmental disabilities, and evidence-based educational 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 at professional conferences and school district workshops. Paul has served on myriad university committees focused on:  curriculum development; program assessment and accreditation; faculty and staff hiring; community-campus connections; student and faculty diversity; faculty promotion, tenure and research; strategic planning and budgeting; faculty mentoring; student dissertations and theses; academic advising; enrollment management; and undergraduate and graduate admissions.