Lecturer, Department of Linguistics

Susan Fishbein, Ed.D., is Lecturer and Clinical Supervisor for TESOL teacher candidates. Dr. Fishbein comes to Stony Brook with 35 years of service in K-12 public education on Long Island.

Her career in teaching and administration included a variety of roles: adjunct instructor in English (New York Institute of Technology); high school English teacher and English department chair (Westbury High School); high school assistant principal (East Meadow High School); and director of humanities, district administrator for curriculum, and assistant superintendent for student services (the Comsewogue School District). Embedded in those roles was a wide range of tasks spanning administration and scoring of state and local assessments, K-12 curriculum writing, federal and state grant writing (NCLB and Part 154), supervision of K-12 ESL teachers and the administration of the district ESL program, building of the high school master schedule, supervision and administration of district guidance and library services, and chief information officer responsibilities for state data collection, reporting, verification, and analysis.

Named a "Teacher of Excellence" by the New York State English Council (1993), Dr. Fishbein also contributed to NYSEC's publication of English Programs for Gifted Students (1985) and to Great Beginnings (1998), published by the National Council of Teachers of English.Her doctoral dissertation, Crossing Over: The Roles and Rules of the Teacher-Administrator Relationship (Hofstra, 2000), was nominated for the AERA Division-A Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, the Phi Delta Kappa International Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, and the Hofstra University H. Alan Robinson Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award. Her passion for her research topic on the teacher-administrator relationship inspired her to deliver papers in 2000 at the UCEA Annual Meeting and in 2001 at the AERA Annual Meeting. Dr. Fishbein continues to deliver seminars on her topic for a variety of Long Island universities in their educational leadership preparation programs, and her research has been cited in the 2009 Handbook of Research on the Education of School Leaders (edited by Young, Crow, Murphy, and Ogawa).

In "retirement," Dr. Fishbein has been able to bring her knowledge and expertise back to school districts as an educational consultant and project manager for Eastern Suffolk BOCES and to the university classroom previously as adjunct instructor at Adelphi University, where she helped to prepare candidates in educational administration. Guiding future generations of TESOL educators and striving to bridge the gap between teachers and administrators, Dr. Fishbein will continue to focus on the best ways to prepare preservice educators not only for teaching and learning but for leadership.