Matt McCluskey became St. Lawrence’s Coordinator of Academic Engagement in February 2018 after nearly a decade in the University’s Academic Support and Accessibility Services Offices. Matt sees this position as a wonderful opportunity to teach, mentor, and advise students, to lead our peer tutors, and to help students--- especially sophomores---develop momentum in their academic and co-curricular endeavours. He hopes to use his skills, experience, and many good relationships to connect students with engaged learning opportunities, teach proactive academic strategies, and help students imagine, develop, and implement a positive vision for their time here. He is energized by the idea of building linkages between lessons learned in athletics and the classroom along with supporting mentorship efforts on campus.
An alumnus of St. Lawrence, Matt has worked with hundreds of students on topics ranging from time management to active reading to thoughtfully approaching the note-taking process since returning to campus in 2008. He holds a master's degree from Duke University and served in such roles as legislative director, high school history teacher, and political researcher before going to work in Academic Advising at SLU. Matt is married to Jennifer McCluskey, a photographer and business developer in the North Country. They have an 9-year-old son, Sean; a goofy cat, Lovebug; and family in the Hudson Valley and Middle Tennessee, whom they enjoy seeing whenever they can. Matt is a member of the county planning board, a youth baseball and soccer coach, and the mentor for SLU's alpine ski and men's soccer teams. When he’s not at work, Matt enjoys kayaking, Nordic skiing, being a hockey dad (Go Golden Bears!), cooking, and doing battle with his 120-year-old house.
Master of Arts in Political Science
Bachelor of Arts in Government
- Engaged Learning, Student Retention, Learning Techniques and Analytics
Regularly Taught Courses:
- Sophomore Seminars on St. Lawrence County Land Use Issues and Youth Sports
Sample Student Projects Supervised:
- Saints Start Challenge Summer Projects
Ways to connect with students outside of the classroom:
- 8-4:30, Monday-Friday
- Satellite Hours in Augsbury: Strait Conference Room, 11:30-1 Thursdays during the school year
- Friday morning walk-in hours, 10-11 AM Fridays