Sean Bennett serves as Assistant Dean in the College of Applied Science and Technology at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester New York. He manages undergraduate academic affairs for approximately 2100 students in the College of Applied Science and Technology and supports advising service implementation. Prior to joining the College of Applied Science and Technology, Sean Served as director of the RIT’s Multicultural Center for Academic Success where he was responsible for restructuring campuses cultural services to emphasize academic success.
Sean has also served as Associate Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Pipeline Programs at Clarkson University where he reporting to the president of the university and served on the president’s cabinet. While serving as senior administrator at Clarkson University, Sean functioned as a liaison to corporate, foundation, and governmental partners providing several million dollars in support for women and minorities in Clarkson’s Science and Engineering focused programs.
Sean has deep personal and professional interest in education, at all levels, and was introduced to higher education via his role as a senior administrator in charter school management in Massachusetts and New York. Sean has served as a certified k-12 educator and administrator in both NY and MA. As a parent, Sean has served as an elected representative on the School Based Planning Team of the School of the Arts in Rochester, NY where his son (Cameron) is a creative writing major. Sean also has a 5 year old (Logan).
Prior to the transitioning to a career in education, Sean was employed by the Xerox Corporation where he gained engineering experience in both manufacturing and design.
Sean holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University, MEd in Education from the State University of New York at Brockport, an EdM in Administration Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University, and a Doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania. Sean’s research interests include study of persistence in engineering programs and African American engineering student experiences. In his spare time, Sean is an avid motorcyclist who enjoys racing sport bikes (on the track) and completing his own motorcycle maintenance.