Contact Information

Academic School

School of Social and Behavioral Sciences


Dyson 388D



845-575-3000 ext. 2753

Dr. Edward J. Sullivan

Associate Dean for Teacher Education


Dr. Sullivan graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University and received two master’s degrees, one in elementary education from New York University and the other in school administration from Fairfield University. He later returned to New York University to earn a doctorate degree in educational administration.  

Dr. Sullivan began his education career with teaching in Bethany, Connecticut.  He proceeded to become an assistant principal and principal in New Fairfield, Connecticut prior to moving to New Jersey, where he was a principal in Weehawken.  Dr. Sullivan was appointed Superintendent of Schools in Harding, New Jersey.  He later became Superintendent of Schools for Franklin Lakes, New Jersey from 1985 – 2000.  Upon retiring from New Jersey, Dr. Sullivan and his family moved to Rhinebeck, New York where he taught educational administration courses at the graduate level for SUNY New Paltz, was an elementary principal in Rhinebeck, and began his duties as Associate Dean for Teacher Education at Marist College in 2011.  


EdD, Education & Administration New York University, New York,1981
EdD, Education & Administration, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT, 1973
MS, Elementary Education, New York University, New York, 1968
BS, Elementary Education, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT, 1966

Research Interests / Areas of Focus

Participatory management/leadership and Strategic planning

Selected Publications

E. Sullivan & Elise Russo, "Moving from Pre-Service Teacher to Whole Teacher" IMPACT on Instructional Improvement, 2012

E. Sullivan, "Best Practices from High-Performing Middle Schools," Book review in The School Administrator, October 2010

E. Sullivan, "Focusing Your Leadership Values," In Transition, a journal of the New York State Middle School Association, Spring 2010

E. Sullivan, "New York State Involvement with the Whole Child, "NYSASCD annual journal, IMPACT: Instructional Improvement, 2010 (35)1

Selected Presentations

Superintendent Evaluation: Where to Begin? - OMG. National School Boards Association. April 2011. Co-presenters: Dr. Robert Dillon and Dr. Josephine Moffett

Superintendent Evaluation Presentation to the Leadership Development Team. Conducted by the New York State School Boards Association on November 22, 2010

Perceptions of School Superintendents and School Board Presidents Concerning the Status of Superintendent Evaluation Practices in New York State. Paper co- presented with Robert Dillon and Josephine Moffett at the 2nd International Conference on Education Research held in New Orleans, Louisiana on September 28, 2010

Remembering the Whole Child in the Race to the Top. Keynote address at the Seventh Annual Best Practices in Teaching and Counseling Conference at SUNY Oneonta on October 15, 2010

Developing a School Culture to Support the Whole Child. New York State PTA Annual Summer Leadership Conference held on July 31, 2010

Awards and Honors

National School Development Council Award for Cooperative Leadership

Honored by the Rhinebeck Science Foundation for visionary leadership

State University of New York at New Paltz: Recognition for Outstanding Service to the Department of Educational Administration

Franklin Lakes (NJ) established the annual Dr. Edward J. Sullivan Leadership Award and the Dr. Edward J. Sullivan Teacher Mini-Grant Program 

New Jersey Association of School Administrators Association Diplomate in Educational Administration

Bergen County (NJ) Association of School Superintendents, Distinguished Service Award

Southern Connecticut State University, Leadership Award