Susan Layden, Associate Dean of Student Affairs
Office: Starbuck Center 102
Sue Layden is the Associate Dean of Student Affairs at Skidmore College, with responsibility for both Student Academic Services (SAS) and the Skidmore College Opportunity Program (OP). Sue's Ph.D. is in literacy education, with a focus on reading/literacy and academic identities. She teaches courses in Skidmore’s Scribner Seminar Program, Education, and Intergroup Relations (Intergroup Relations). Before coming to Skidmore, she taught in the Schenectady City School District, where she was also responsible for writing grant applications for creating a model educational program for at-risk high school students in the public schools (G.E. Scholars Program) and to support programs for young adults transitioning back to school and work from Division for Youth facilities. At Skidmore her grant writing experience includes access, support for students of color in the sciences, and for programs supporting the high academic achievement of historically under-served and under-represented students. Her teaching and research interests include: critical race and gender theory in education, racial marginality and micro-aggressions in education, diversity discourse analysis, and race/ethnic, gender, and class relations with a special emphasis on the educational access, persistence and graduation of students of color and first-generation students in the United States.