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 inclusion and good learning outcomes across campus. Matt has taught 20 classes at SLU, on themes ranging from land use 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 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 aims to continue the same levels of conscientious and effective service, along with fostering commitments to broad access, inclusiveness, and positive student experiences, that have been hallmarks of the Disability and Accessibility Services Office for many years. He is committed 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 new relationships and continuing many existing ones in this role.
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. 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.