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Office of the Provost

Welcome to Farmingdale State College’s Office of the Provost website. The Office of the Provost carries responsibility for the academic mission of the College, providing direct supervision for all academic units, support services and operations, and coordinating all academic programs. The School Deans, Dean of International Education Programs, Dean of Academic Support and Access Programs, Academic Operation Directors, Centers and Institutes, report to the Provost. The Provost is the Chief Academic Officer who works closely with the President and other Vice Presidents in dealing with issues that concern the University as a whole.

About The Provost

Dr. Laura Joseph, distinguished scholar, teacher and leader, is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr, Joseph has a long standing tenure at Farmingdale State College, having served for 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 and 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 Associations’ 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 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 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 Doctoral Degree in Higher Education and Academic Leadership from Columbia University in 1998 and a BS and MS degree in Science from Old Dominion University.