Sharon Duffy Named Dean of University Extension

Popular intellectual disability expert had served as interim dean since 2007

Sharon Duffy in front of Extension

Sharon Duffy was named the dean of UCR Extension on August 1, 2013. She had served as the interim dean since 2007. Photo by Lonnie Duka

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Sharon Duffy has been appointed dean of University Extension at UC Riverside, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Dallas Rabenstein announced in an email on August 1, 2013.

“Sharon stood apart from other well-qualified candidates based on her unmatched combination of academic and administrative experience,” Rabenstein said. “She is an innovator in the expansion of international education programs and online instruction.”

Duffy earned her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at UCR and has worked as a professor of education in the Graduate School of Education (GSOE) since 1990. She spent a year as interim dean and four years as associate dean at GSOE before becoming interim dean of University Extension in 2007.

“Under her leadership UCR Extension outperforms most of the other UC campuses in both non-credit and degree credit enrollment, which is vital to our service mission and to our local community,” Rabenstein said. “She is also an effective partner working with the campus faculty and administration in reaching our international undergraduate enrollment goals in a manner that preserves our high academic standards.”

She is a fellow of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and co-author of the AAIDD definition of intellectual disability as well as an author of the AAIDD authoritative manual on terminology and classification in intellectual disability. She has served as associate editor of The American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, as well as on the editorial boards of several other journals, and as a NICHD study section member.

Prior to joining GSOE, Duffy worked as a research psychologist on intellectual and developmental disability research projects with the UCLA-UCR Lanterman Research Group in Pomona, California.

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