Academic Affairs

The Academic Affairs Division of Genesee Community College supports the mission of the college by providing educational experiences that promote intellectual and social growth, professional success, and global citizenship.  Further, we are committed to educational excellence and innovation through continual assessment of our work as facilitators of student learning. 

Our Staff


Kathleen Schiefen
Provost/Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Academic Affairs
585-343-0055 x6529

Dr. Kate Schiefen came to Genesee Community College to serve as Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2013. Kate has over twenty years of experience in higher education as adjunct and full-time faculty, department chair, and dean. She earned her Ph.D. from Capella University in Higher Education Leadership, an M.S. in Adult Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a B.S. from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY.  She was awarded the Dr. James Jacobs Award for her dissertation research from the National Council of Workforce Educators in 2010.

Dr. Schiefen serves on the Community College Advisory Council for Capella University and the Western New York Consortium of P-12 Educators.  She is an experienced leader in concurrent enrollment programs including the distinction of being one of the founding administrators of the Rochester Early College International High School.  As a proponent of community partnerships, Kate has been instrumental in establishing educational relationships with several businesses in New York and two large mining firms while in Tucson, Arizona.  Additionally, Kate brings significant experience in curriculum development, academic assessment, grant administration, and organizational management.


Rafael Alicea-Maldonado
Dean of Math, Science and Career Education
Math, Science and Career Education
585-343-0055 x6326

Dr. Rafael Alicea-Maldonado (Dr. RAM) was appointed Dean of MSCE on August 2011.  He joined GCC in 2000 as a Chemistry faculty member.  Dr. RAM received the SUNY at Buffalo, Department of Chemistry, Mattern-Tyler Excellence in Teaching Award in 1996. In addition, he received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2005 and the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Faculty Service in 2011.

Dr. RAM holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras Campus and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from SUNY at Buffalo.  Dr. RAM enjoys traveling and has visited over 20 countries.

Dr. RAM oversees the following programs: Business and Commerce, Computers and Technology, Health Care, Health and Physical Education, Office Technology and Support, Science and Technology, Economic Crime Investigation, Paralegal Studies, and Liberal Arts and Science: Math & Science. In addition, he shares responsibility for Individualized Studies with Dr. Kovach-Allen.


Katharina Kovach-Allen
Dean of Human Communications and Behavior
Human Communications and Behavior
585-343-0055 x6298

Dr. Kovach-Allen has served as Associate Dean/Dean of Human Communications and Behavior at Genesee Community College since 1992.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education, Spanish, from Buffalo State College, a Master of Art in Spanish and a Ph.D. in Latin American Literature from SUNY Buffalo. Prior to joining GCC, she taught Spanish at area colleges in Buffalo and served as Associate Dean of the College at Daemen College.

She oversees courses and programs in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Fine and Performing Arts and Intermediate Studies. In addition, she shares responsibility for Individualized Studies with Dr. Alicea-Maldonado. She also serves as the chair of the College’s Global Education Committee.


Craig Lamb
Dean of Distributed Learning
Office of Distributed Learning
585-343-0055 x6595

Dr. Craig Lamb joined GCC in 2013 and currently oversees the College's online learning offerings, the six GCC campus centers, and the Media Services department.  His entire higher education career has been within public colleges and universities, including positions at SUNY Empire State College, the University of Connecticut, and Plattsburgh State University.  Along with his professional and administrative roles, Craig has taught several college preparatory, student success, and academic skill development courses in face-to-face, hybrid, and online modalities for more than a decade.

Craig holds a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology from St. Lawrence University, a Master's of Science in College and Agency Counseling from Plattsburgh State University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from the University at Albany.  He was recognized in 2011 with a SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service.