Madonna College of Education and Human Development Interim Dean Named

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LIVONIA, MICH. – Sue Ann Sharma, Ph.D., has been appointed interim dean for the College of Education and Human Development (CoEHD), effective July 1, 2024. She currently serves as the Graduate Education Chair for the Education Division of the College of Education and Human Development. 

"A strategic thinker, Sue Ann's competencies for this new role are reflected in her deep knowledge of and skills in accreditation, curriculum development, instruction, and assessment measurement," said Dr. Deborah Dunn, provost and vice president for academic administration. "Her ethical decision-making, problem-solving skills, and extensive experience in collaborating with interdisciplinary groups, combined with her dedication to fostering positive work and learning environments, made Sue Ann the right choice for this appointment," Dunn added.

In 2017, Sharma became a full-time faculty member in the College's Education Division. She has served in numerous roles within the CoEHD and across the University, including positions on various committees and task forces, as well as an advisor to a few organizations. She has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, chapters, and books. She has received awards as a teacher and a teacher educator, and has been an invited speaker and presenter across the United States and overseas.

She actively participated on the leadership team for the 2023 site visit of the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and was the lead writer for the Grade Band applications team, facilitating the interdisciplinary Grade Band alignment work. 

Sharma earned a Ph.D. in reading education, an education specialist degree in school administration, and a master's degree in early childhood education from Oakland University. She earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Michigan-Flint. Prior to joining Madonna University, she was a full-time faculty member at Oakland University. Her career in higher education was preceded by her leadership roles at Port Huron Community Schools, the Michigan Department of Education, and Lapeer Community Schools. Additionally, Sharma has demonstrated state-level leadership as the President of the Michigan Reading Association. 

Dr. Dunn praised Sharma's capability to adapt and innovate to ensure effective teaching and learning for all students. She also noted that her commitment to continuous improvement drives her to achieve excellence in every educational endeavor.