President Deborah F. Stanley has named Mary Toale, professor of communication studies, as SUNY Oswego’s latest Faculty Fellow in the President’s Office. Toale, the sixth faculty member to serve in this capacity, will learn about the projects and objectives of the Office of the President and the members of the leadership team.  

As Faculty Fellow, Toale will participate fully in weekly President’s Council meetings and serve as a liaison to the faculty.  She will continue to teach this semester and retain her role as chair of the Communication Studies Department.

Toale formerly served on the faculties at West Virginia University, Baldwin Wallace University and West Virginia Wesleyan before joining Oswego in 2014. 

Among her achievements at SUNY Oswego, Toale led the development of the college’s new graduate program in strategic communication. She recently served as interim dean of graduate studies, during the spring 2017 semester, where she provided continuing leadership for the Division of Graduate Studies.

A 2015 participant in the American Council on Education’s Leadership Academy for Departmental Chairs, Toale was recently honored as a Teaching Fellow of the Eastern Communication Association. She also served on the National Communication Association’s Learning Outcomes in Communication team. Additionally, she was a member of the National Faculty Advisory Board for Lambda Pi Eta, the national communication honor society, from 2011-2015.

In her more than 10 years at Baldwin Wallace, Toale earned tenure and received the Strosacker Award for Teaching Excellence while serving in a variety of roles, including interim chair of the department of communication studies, chair of the School of Humanities, and president of the Faculty Senate.

She earned a doctorate in instructional communication and master’s degree in communication theory and research from West Virginia University. Her bachelor’s degree is in secondary mathematics education from West Virginia Wesleyan College.