Leah Sciabarrasi, Phd

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About Leah

What I do

I am the Faculty Program Director for the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership program at Excelsior College.

Some of the past work I have been privileged to work on includes Strategic Planning, Accreditation, K12 Partnerships, and Faculty Development. I have experience in online learning, instructional design, curriculum development, web and graphic design, talent acquisition, and project development.

Here are some of my strengths:

  • I clarify the complex.
  • I visualize concepts.
  • I ideate solutions.
  • I build powerful teams.
  • I think systematically.
  • I connect people & efforts.
  • I forge new frontiers.

Leader Log

Coaching Without the Title

Coaching Without the Title

I received a surprise text last week from a student I used to mentor. “Hey Leah, how have you been 😃 I just wanted to text you to let you know, I know you don’t work at X anymore but I just feel the need to tell you good news about my grades. I did so much better this...

Learning to Leave During the Great Resignation

Learning to Leave During the Great Resignation

There is no doubt that the pandemic has taken a toll on businesses around the world. The economic downturn caused many companies to close up shop. Many leaders were so eager to return back to the way it once was and the vaccine offered so much hope. Many employers...

What I’ve Learned about Academic Program Leadership

What I’ve Learned about Academic Program Leadership

I am excited to start in a new position this week: Faculty Program Director for the new Organizational Leadership Program at Excelsior College. As I think about my approach to this position, I can’t help but recount the many fantastic program directors I have had the...

My Background

I am the first in my family to graduate with a bachelors, masters, and PhD. I have degrees in the fine arts, educational technology, ethical and creative leadership, and education studies. My career background includes jobs in teaching, design, online learning, faculty development, and institutional effectiveness. Fun fact: I owned a photography business for 10 years and I consider myself a wedding cake connoisseur.

Curriculum Development

I've developed and improved programs and courses for undergraduate and graduate levels, online and on-ground - utilizing my background in instructional design and online learning. 

Faculty Development

I've offered development opportunities to higher education faculty for over 10 years, including retreats, faculty fellow opportunities, workshops, conferences, and development days.

K12 Partnerships

Through early college bridge programs, community gardens, virtual tutoring, and summer camps, I've connected colleges with its local K12 schools and organizations.

Strategic Planning

I've led the strategic planning processes and created virtual frameworks to track progress across the institutions and departments, and tie department planning to the strategic plan and budget.

Accreditation

I've co-chaired Middle States higher education self-studies and consulted with K12 schools on their MSA self-studies. Through this work, I've coordinated assessment collection, created a virtual home base, and developed digital communication plans that promote progress.

My Work

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