Matt McCluskey is delighted to be assuming the Director of Disability and Accessibility Services chair after serving as St. Lawrence’s Coordinator of Academic Support for the past seven years. An alumnus of St. Lawrence, Matt returned to the North Country in 2008 and has worked with hundreds of students on a host of crucial academic skills and in a variety of learning contexts. He has taught 19 classes at SLU, on topics ranging from land use planning to political theory, and has served in various supportive roles within the First-Year Program, Center for Civic Engagement, Higher Education Opportunity Program, and Athletics. He has intentionally worked broadly and closely with people across campus throughout his time in Academic Advising, in addition to studying carefully to remain current in his fields---always in the interest of maintaining the best possible student experience at St. Lawrence.
His commitment to serving students with disabilities stretches back well over a decade, beginning with his training as an Orton-Gillingham language tutor for dyslexic students in the late 90’s. Matt has subsequently taught students with dyslexia, ADHD, and other specific learning disabilities in New York, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Maryland, and his academic support work at St. Lawrence regularly extended to the provision of services for people with disabilities. Matt earned a master’s degree from Duke University and has served in various other professional roles over the years ranging from high school soccer coach to legislative aide to political researcher. He very much hopes to continue the same level of conscientious and effective service, along with commitments to fostering broad access, an inclusive campus community, and positive student experiences, that have been hallmarks of the Disability and Accessibility Services Office for many years. He also looks forward to maintaining the office's dedication to robust advising, advocacy, and research. Both his office door and a listening ear are open to all, and he looks forward to building many new relationships in this new role---in addition to continuing the many existing partnerships that he has already developed within the SLU community.
Matt is married to Jennifer McCluskey, a photographer and business developer in the North Country. They have one son, Sean; one feisty cat, Ghost; and one 115-year-old house, whose name may change depending on what needs to be fixed that day. When he’s not at work, Matt enjoys being outside, playing with his family, traveling, reading, and cheering on the St. Lawrence Saints and Montreal Impact soccer teams.