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

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.

Strategic Planning

I led the strategic planning process and created a virtual framework unique for the institution to track progress across the institutions and departments. The Adaptive Planning Framework tied department planning to the strategic plan and budget.

K12 Partnerships

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

Thrive Plan

I developed a Thrive Plan that aggregated community-facing efforts to concentrate energy, efforts, research, service, and spending in one zone in order to see a direct impact on the surrounding community and the college.


As co-chair of the Middle States 2022 accreditation visit, I coordinated assessment collection and created a virtual home base and digital communication plan that compiled and promoted progress.

Faculty Development

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

My Work

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