Matt McCluskey was appointed as the Director of Disability and Accessibility Services in the summer of 2015 after serving as St. Lawrence’s Coordinator of Academic Support for the previous seven years. An alumnus of St. Lawrence, Matt has enjoyed working with hundreds of students in each of these roles at his alma mater, on topics ranging from academic skill building to critical reading to positive classroom engagement, with the overarching goals of promoting accessibility and good learning outcomes across campus. Matt has taught 20 classes at SLU, on themes ranging from urban planning to political theory, and has worked closely with the First-Year Program, Center for Civic Engagement, Higher Education Opportunity Program, Athletics, the Library, and many other offices on behalf of students.
His commitment to serving students with disabilities stretches back nearly two decades, beginning with his training as an Orton-Gillingham language tutor for students with dyslexia in the late 90’s. Matt has subsequently taught students ranging from pre-kindergarten to graduate school in New York, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Maryland in a variety of subject areas, including history and reading. Matt earned a master’s degree from Duke University and has served in professional roles over the years ranging from legislative director, to high school soccer coach, to political researcher. He is committed to leading an office that provides conscientious and effective service and models commitments to inclusiveness and student wellness.
Matt is married to Jennifer McCluskey, a photographer and business developer in the North Country. They have a 6-year-old son, Sean, and lots of family in New York's Hudson Valley and in Tennessee, whom they enjoy seeing whenever they can. Matt is a member of the St. Lawrence County Planning Board, a youth coach in numerous sports with the Canton Pee Wee Association, and the University Mentor for SLU's alpine ski and men's soccer teams. When he’s not at work, Matt enjoys kayaking, cross-country skiing, cooking, and doing battle with his 117-year-old house.