Kingsborough Community College (KCC) announced the appointment of Dr. Sharon Warren Cook as its new Dean of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, effective Apri1 10. In her new role, Dr. Cook will report to the Academic Affairs Vice President and Provost Dr. Joanne Russell and serve as a member of the Senior Academic Affairs Team.
Dr. Cook will provide guidance and support in curricular and accreditation matters; design, implement and monitor an array of academic initiatives, programs, and priorities; administer College activities and operations to support academic policy and student learning strategies. She will provide leadership for the publication of accurate information in print and online formats; and assist in the development of strategic and operational plans, academic program proposals, and curricular reports.
“Dr. Cook is a welcome addition to Kingsborough,” said Provost Russell. “Her experience and skills add to Kingsborough’s collaborative focus with department chairs to identify and develop innovative methods to support student learning.”
Dr. Cook has held numerous administrative roles at North Carolina A&T (NC A&T), including Inaugural Executive Director for the school’s Center for Outreach in Alzheimer’s, Aging, and Community Health; as Interim Chair, Department of Social Work and Sociology, and Co-Director of the Joint Master of Social Work Program. She also served as Director of the Undergraduate Social Work Program, and Special Assistant to the Dean for Assessment and Special Programs.
“It is great to join Kingsborough at a time when community colleges are seen more positively than ever,” said Dean Cook. “My role will be supported greatly by the department chairs’ commitment to enhancing and improving instruction and assessment, and by using necessary data to implement appropriate interventions for our students’ academic growth.”
As Interim Associate Dean for Research and Institutional Effectiveness at NC A&T, Dr. Cook supported the Dean in the development of a new college, providing oversight for faculty research from pre-award to post-award. She was responsible for evaluating Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure and Post-tenure review materials and providing letters of recommendation to the Provost/University Committee.
Dr. Cook served as the NC A&T liaison to the larger institutional effectiveness divisions including accreditation, compliance, assessment, and quality improvement for all degree programs. She provided training for faculty and chairs in the development, benchmarking, and data mapping at the course, program, and departmental level.
Dr. Cook’s research includes health equity, community-based participatory research, diversity/cultural competence, and qualitative research methodology. She has published broadly in these areas and has received funding to support her research. Some of Dr. Cook’s published works include The Value of a Father: A qualitative analysis of children’s essays about their fathers and Qualitative-Research as Empowerment Tool.
Dr. Cook, now a Brooklyn resident, is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Southern Poverty Law Center, and the National Association of Social Workers. She received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Curriculum and Teaching, her MSW from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her BA in Psychology from North Carolina Central University.
About Kingsborough Community College
At Kingsborough, the community comes first, and as Brooklyn’s only community college, we promote student learning and development as well as strengthening and serving a highly diverse borough. Kingsborough provides a high-quality education through associate degree programs that prepare students for transfer to senior colleges or entry into the workforce. Serving approximately 12,000 full- and part-time students annually in credit and non-credit bearing courses in liberal arts and career education, Kingsborough also serves an additional 20,000 students in its expanding continuing education and workforce development programs on- and off-campus.
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