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Duffy Named UCR Extension Dean

Acting Dean for UCR Extension Named

UC Regents Appoint Sharon Duffy of UCR's Graduate School of Education

(September 19, 2007)

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Sharon Duffy

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — UC Riverside Extension has a new acting dean in the person of Professor Sharon Duffy, associate dean of the UCR Graduate School of Education.

Duffy’s appointment, approved Wednesday, Sept. 19 by the University of California Board Of Regents, will begin Oct. 1, and is expected to last two years.

“UCR Extension does a wonderful job of serving the professional and continuing education needs of people in our region and students throughout the world,” Duffy said. “I look forward to working with Extension’s leadership team to develop new programs and partnerships with community and campus groups during the next two years.”

Duffy is an experienced manager with a long history at UCR. She served as interim dean of the Graduate School of Education in 2003-2004 during a search for a permanent dean. Since then she has been an associate dean. She is a faculty affiliate with the UCR Center for Family Studies and is on the campus’ Accreditation Steering Committee. She was co-chair of the Chancellor’s Childcare Taskforce in 2005-2006.

Duffy will retain her title and some of her responsibilities as Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Education while she oversees UCR Extension.

She earned her master’s and Ph.D. at UCR. Before joining the faculty in 1990, she worked as a research psychologist on federally funded mental retardation and special education research projects under the auspices of the UCLA-UCR Lanterman Research Group. Much of her work since that time has centered on family and school influences on the development of children, mental health and mental retardation, and the measurement of adaptive behavior.

She has served as associate editor of The American Journal of Mental Retardation and is currently on the editorial boards of several professional journals. She is a Fellow of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and serves on the executive board of the Gatlinburg Conference on Research & Theory in Mental Retardation & Developmental Disabilities. She completed a five-year term on The National Institutes of Health Study Section Review Panel on Bio-behavioral and Behavioral Processes in 2003.

Duffy is a co-author of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities’ (AAIDD) definition of mental retardation and of the latest AAIDD authoritative manual on terminology and classification in mental retardation. She is a past president of the Academy on Mental Retardation.

UCR Extension is the continuing education division of the University of California, Riverside. Extension offers more than 3,800 courses and 90 certificate programs in a variety of academic areas. In addition, Extension’s International Education Programs attracts international students throughout the globe and also provides conferencing services.



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