Dr. Vincent Rinaldo

Dr. Vincent Rinaldo

Professor of Leadership and Policy

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Academic Complex, 328D
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Dr. Rinaldo has been on faculty at Niagara University since January 2002. He was promoted to the rank of associate professor and granted tenure in 2008 and in 2011, promoted to the rank of professor. In addition to his teaching duties, he has served the university by writing policies and through a number of college and university committees; contributing not only as a member, but through such leadership positions as chairperson for the Department of Middle Childhood and Adolescent Education, co-chair of the University Planning Committee, secretary to the University Academic Senate and co-chair for the University Middle States Accreditation team.

Focus of Teaching

Dr. Rinaldo's teaching duties have included both online and face-to-face instruction for the Department of Middle Childhood and Adolescent Education and the Ph.D. in leadership and Policy where he is currently assigned. Most recently, his teaching has focused on organizational structure, advanced qualitative research methods, educational research and statistics, and school and organizational assessment.  In addition, he has advocated for classroom teachers as educational researchers who, through the application of fundamental research principles and methods are better able to create and implement valid and reliable assessments of both instruction and student learning.

Current Research

His primary areas of research have included the development of an instrument and process for assessing professional dispositions, and in particular, the effective dispositions of teacher candidates. This model, is currently being examined for adoption by more than 130 institutions across the United States. In addition to this area of study, he has acted as an evaluator for external grants and consulted with a variety of school districts concerning effective assessment planning and practices. Maintaining connections with his musical roots he has authored two music programs for grades 1-8 that have been adopted as the primary music resources by a number of school districts in the province of Ontario as well as by the New York City Department of Education.

Educational Background

B.A. McMaster University; M.S.Ed. Niagara University; M.Ed. OISE University of Toronto; Ph.D. OISE University of Toronto.

Current Involvement

Dr. Rinaldo, continues to hold memberships to several Special Interest Groups (SIGs) housed under the American Educational Research Association including: Division C: Learning and Instruction, the John Dewey Society, the Holistic Education SIG, the Music Educator SIG, and the Law SIG. He also holds membership in the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Educators, the American Association of University Professors and is a retired member of the Ontario College of Teachers.