Rowan University Names Carol Sharp Dean of College of Education

Rowan University Names Carol Sharp Dean of College of Education

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Rowan University has named Carol Sharp of Mullica Hill its new dean of the College of Education. ?I am looking forward to serving the university as the Dean of the College of Education,? Sharp sa
Rowan University has named Carol Sharp of Mullica Hill its new dean of the College of Education.

?I am looking forward to serving the university as the Dean of the College of Education,? Sharp said. ?I believe the college can play a major role in addressing the educational needs of the Southern Jersey region by preparing more highly qualified teachers and school leaders, keeping in mind our moral responsibility to children. We will continue to offer and strengthen our programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels based on defensible standards. It is important for the college to work closely with the school districts in our region as partners in the preparation of teachers at every level of their development, and we will address this through our professional development school network and our other school partnerships.?

Rowan Provost Helen Giles-Gee is confident that Sharp was the best candidate for the position. ?We conducted an extensive, nationwide search that yielded very strong candidates,? she said. ?A review of their records and references preceded on-campus interviews where the campus community was invited to provide feedback. Based on her significant experiences and background as an academic, her prowess as a grant writer and her extraordinary vision for the College, Carol emerged as the ideal person for the position. We are confident that she will continue to lead the College to enhanced statewide and national recognition.?

Rowan University President Dr. Donald Farish agreed. ?Carol already has proven herself a competent leader through her work as interim dean,? he said. ?She has been the leader of the College of Education?s highly acclaimed network of professional development schools extending throughout South Jersey, and I am certain she will continue to excel in her new position as dean.?

Sharp has worked at Rowan since 1987. Prior to becoming dean, Sharp served as interim dean and associate dean of the College of Education. She also was the founding director for the University?s Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. In addition to teaching at Rowan, Sharp has taught at Pennsylvania State University and Lafayette College as well as the Vineland public school system. She earned her Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University, majoring in Curriculum and Instruction/Supervision and minoring in Educational Administration; her M.A. in Urban Education from William Paterson University; and her B.A. in General Elementary Education from Rowan University. She currently is a member of the Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities, an executive committee member of the New Jersey Association for Colleges of Teacher Education and on the Board of Examiners of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.