Provost Profile

Interim Provost and Vice Provost for Academic Programs

Tom Mackey Thomas P. Mackey, Ph.D., is vice provost for academic programs at SUNY Empire State College and is serving as interim provost until June 30, 2017.

Mackey joined SUNY Empire State College in 2008 as associate dean for the Center for Distance Learning. He served as dean for the Center of Distance learning from 2011 until 2015, when he became vice provost for academic programs.

Before joining Empire State College, he was associate dean at The Sage Colleges, and prior to that, assistant professor in the Department of Information Studies at the University at Albany. Mackey also served as assistant director for instructional technology in the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at the University at Albany.

Mackey’s research in metaliteracy, information literacy, open and online learning and teaching with technology has resulted in conference presentations, book chapters and several publications in peer-reviewed journals, including Communications in Information Literacy, College & Research Libraries, First Monday, Computers & Education, The Journal of General Education, College Teaching, Rhizomes, The Journal of Information Science, The Journal of Education for Library and Information Science and the Journal of the Library Administration and Management Section of the New York Library Association.

He is editor of the book "Metaliteracy in Practice" (2016), with Trudi Jacobson. Also with Jacobson, he co-authored the first book on this topic, "Metaliteracy: Reinventing Information Literacy to Empower Learners" (2014) and edited four earlier books: "Information Literacy Collaborations That Work" (2007), "Using Technology To Teach Information Literacy" (2008), "Collaborative Information Literacy Assessments: Strategies for Evaluating Teaching and Learning" (2010) and "Teaching Information Literacy Online" (2011). He has worked with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) as a member of the Advisory Panel on Information Literacy to develop a guidebook on Information Literacy titled "Developing Research & Communication Skills: Guidelines for Information Literacy in the Curriculum" (2003).

Mackey earned a Ph.D. in Writing, Teaching and Criticism, an M.A. in English and a B.A. in Communication, all at the University at Albany.

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