Shawn O'Riley, EdD
Dr. Shawn O'Riley is the Dean of University College at Adelphi University and has spent the last several years of his career working with non-traditional students in higher education. University College is one of the eight academic units at Adelphi and serves non-traditional students in undergraduate, graduate, certificate, continuing education, pre-college, and veteran student programs. Prior to his current position at Adelphi, Dr. O'Riley was Associate Director of Continuing Education at Hunter College and Educational Programs Director for the New York Foundation for Senior Citizens. He began his professional life in advertising and market research working for Simmons, Research International, and MarkeTrends before transitioning to a career in adult education.
Dean O'Riley earned his Ed.D. in Higher and Postsecondary Education from NYU. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Quality Assurance from the University of Melbourne, an M.S. in Higher Education Administration from Baruch College-CUNY, an M.A. in Teaching from Pacific University, and a B.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Iowa. His dissertation research focused on emerging adulthood and how it impacts the college choices of young adults completing degrees as non-traditional students. Dean O'Riley is regular presenter on the topic of transitions to adulthood and their effects on non-traditional students at conferences around the country.