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 New Urbanism 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 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 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 try to see whenever they can. While Matt has taken a break from teaching his long-time first-year seminar on land use policy, he still enjoys being involved with this interest as a member of the St. Lawrence County Planning Board and the Building and Grounds Committee at SLU. When he’s not at work, Matt enjoys being outside, playing with his family, kayaking, cheering on the St. Lawrence Saints and Montreal Impact soccer teams---and, on occasion, making a mess in the kitchen.