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Leah Sciabarrasi, Phd

PhD & Trained Futures Strategist, Buffalo Based

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About Leah

What I do

I’m the Associate Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness & Planning and the Director of the Institute for Teaching Innovation at D’Youville in Buffalo, NY.  Some of the work I am privileged to work on includes Strategic Planning, Accreditation, K12 Partnerships, and Faculty 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.

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. I am also a proud 4th generation West Sider in the great city of Buffalo.

Strategic Planning

I help to lead our strategic planning process at the college, which is an effort and virtual framework unique to our institution. The Adaptive Planning Framework ties department planning to the strategic plan and budget. 

K12 Partnerships

Through early college bridge programs, community gardens, virtual tutoring, and summer camps, I help the college connect with its local K12 schools and organizations.

Thrive Plan

The Thrive Plan aggregates community-facing efforts to concentrate our energy, efforts, research, service, and spending in one zone in order to see our direct impact on our surrounding community and our college. 


As co-chair of the Middle States 2022 accreditation visit, I’ve helped to create a virtual home base and digital communication plan that compiles and promotes progress.

Faculty Development

I have helped to offer and connect higher education faculty to development for over 10 years. These opportunities include retreats, conferences, and development days.

My Work

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