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Dr. Margaret Jones-Carey

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(716) 375-4026

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The SBL Advanced Certificate program is designed for elementary and secondary teachers and school counselors seeking to become school principals. This offering is 24 hours in length, and includes coursework in curriculum development, leading effective inclusive schools, school finance and law, supervision, leadership and school-community relations. Six (6) hours of equivalent coursework may be accepted for transfer with the approval of the program director.

The SBL program is offered via a unique "hybrid" format. Each class meets 3 times (on Saturdays) per semester, with the rest of the course work completed online. The setting for these Saturday sessions alternates between the University’s main campus Olean and its Hilbert College Extension Center in Hamburg.

The SBL program offers fall and spring starts and can be finished up in four semesters with no summer classes, or completed in 18 months through an accelerated program including summer study. 

The SBL program meets New York state course requirements for SBL certification.

With six additional credits, SBL students can receive the MSED in Educational Leadership.

SBL program requirements

Admission to the SBL programs requires:

  • Master’s degree in education or a certification-related area, with a 3.0 or better GPA
  • Teacher or school counselor certification
  • Three years of K-12 school experience
  • GRE or MAT score (NY State requirement)
  • References (two, at least one from a supervising principal or superintendent)
  • Interview & writing sample
Here is more information about this program: Fact Sheet

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Zimmer, Joseph

TITLES/RESPONSIBILITIES Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Former Dean, School of Education
Associate Professor of Education
ACADEMIC SCHOOL School of Education
OFFICE LOCATION Plassmann Hall, B18
  • Ph.D., Reading Education, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1996.
    • Dissertation title: An Interpretive History of Articles Concerning Reading in Popular Magazines, 1890‑1990 
  • Ed.M., English Education, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1988
  • B.A., English, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1986
OTHER EDUCATION Graduate Assistant, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1987-1992


  • Distinguished Finalist, International Literacy Association’s Dissertation of the Year Award, 1997.  My dissertation was named one of the seven best in the world that year. 

 Recent Publications 

  • Zimmer, Joseph E. (2007). Walter Fenno Dearborn: Through the eyes of each child.  Chapter in: Israel, S., & Monaghan, E. J. (Eds.) (2007). Shaping the Reading Field: The Impact of Early Reading Pioneers, Scientific Research and Progressive Ideas. Newark, DE: International Literacy Association.
  • Zimmer, Joseph E. (2007). Tips for gathering biographical data.  Appendix in: Israel, S., & Monaghan, E. J. (Eds.) (2007). Shaping the Reading Field: The Impact of Early Reading Pioneers, Scientific Research and Progressive Ideas. Newark, DE: International Literacy Association. 


  • Currently serve as co-editor of the History of Reading News, the only publication dedicated exclusively to the history of literacy.

Editorial Boards 

  • I serve on the Editorial Boards of The Reading Teacher and The Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy.


  • I have published over 20 articles and presented at 10 national and international conferences.
TEACHING PHILOSOPHY I believe that we learn to teach through having a thorough understanding of educational theory, that those theories inform methods, and that those methods must be practiced in order to be effective. This theory into practice model is how I structure my teaching life.

I am very involved in the history of literacy, and most of my research revolves around that area of study. The main project that I am working on now deals with a biography of Dr. Frank Laubach, a pioneer of international literacy whose “Each One Teach One” method of instruction was used as a model for UNESCO’s literacy efforts.

I am also starting some research on the impact of the Freedmen’s Bureau on the teaching of freed slaves literacy after the Civil War.

PERSONAL INTERESTS/COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT I am a clarinetist in the Allegany Alumni and Friends Band. This band plays traditional march and concert pieces in several concerts each year in Southwestern New York.  I am currently the Allegany-Limestone Central School District School Board President.