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Dr. Margaret Jones-Carey

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The SDL Advanced Certificate program is designed for candidates seeking to become administrators at the district level (superintendents). This 12-hour program includes coursework in negotiations, superintendency, and central office leadership. NY SDL certification requires these 12 hours and 60 total graduate credits.

The SDL certificate program is also offered in a hybrid format, with some class sessions and some online work. SDL classes meet three times each semester on Saturdays, alternating by semester between the SBU Buffalo Center and the main campus in Olean.

With the permission of the program director, up to three (3) credit hours may be transferred into this program. 

SDL program requirements

Admission to the program requires:

  • Master’s degree in education or a certification-related area, with a 3.0 GPA or better
  • Teacher or school counselor certification
  • School Building Leader certification
  • Three years of K-12 school experience
Here is more information about this program: Fact Sheet.

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Zimmer, Joseph

TITLES/RESPONSIBILITIES Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Former Dean, School of Education
Associate Professor of Education
ACADEMIC SCHOOL School of Education
OFFICE LOCATION Plassmann Hall, B18
  • Ph.D., Reading Education, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1996.
    • Dissertation title: An Interpretive History of Articles Concerning Reading in Popular Magazines, 1890‑1990 
  • Ed.M., English Education, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1988
  • B.A., English, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1986
OTHER EDUCATION Graduate Assistant, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1987-1992


  • Distinguished Finalist, International Literacy Association’s Dissertation of the Year Award, 1997.  My dissertation was named one of the seven best in the world that year. 

 Recent Publications 

  • Zimmer, Joseph E. (2007). Walter Fenno Dearborn: Through the eyes of each child.  Chapter in: Israel, S., & Monaghan, E. J. (Eds.) (2007). Shaping the Reading Field: The Impact of Early Reading Pioneers, Scientific Research and Progressive Ideas. Newark, DE: International Literacy Association.
  • Zimmer, Joseph E. (2007). Tips for gathering biographical data.  Appendix in: Israel, S., & Monaghan, E. J. (Eds.) (2007). Shaping the Reading Field: The Impact of Early Reading Pioneers, Scientific Research and Progressive Ideas. Newark, DE: International Literacy Association. 


  • Currently serve as co-editor of the History of Reading News, the only publication dedicated exclusively to the history of literacy.

Editorial Boards 

  • I serve on the Editorial Boards of The Reading Teacher and The Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy.


  • I have published over 20 articles and presented at 10 national and international conferences.
TEACHING PHILOSOPHY I believe that we learn to teach through having a thorough understanding of educational theory, that those theories inform methods, and that those methods must be practiced in order to be effective. This theory into practice model is how I structure my teaching life.

I am very involved in the history of literacy, and most of my research revolves around that area of study. The main project that I am working on now deals with a biography of Dr. Frank Laubach, a pioneer of international literacy whose “Each One Teach One” method of instruction was used as a model for UNESCO’s literacy efforts.

I am also starting some research on the impact of the Freedmen’s Bureau on the teaching of freed slaves literacy after the Civil War.

PERSONAL INTERESTS/COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT I am a clarinetist in the Allegany Alumni and Friends Band. This band plays traditional march and concert pieces in several concerts each year in Southwestern New York.  I am currently the Allegany-Limestone Central School District School Board President.