Sharon joined the Spelman Johnson team with more than 25 years of experience in higher education and nonprofit leadership. Sharon’s commitment to social justice and diversity aligns with Spelman Johnson’s dedication to these initiatives. Her background in consulting and track record of implementing innovative programs affords her a unique understanding of our client’s needs and expectations.
Before joining Spelman Johnson, Sharon served as interim provost and senior vice president at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana. She previously served as the vice-president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Marymount Manhattan College (MMC). Prior to her employment at Marymount Manhattan College, her roles included dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Widener University; director of social responsibility at the Union Institute and University; and founding chair of the department of Latin American studies and women’s studies at the University of Scranton. She also served as a trustee at Keystone College. Sharon’s international education experience extends from her graduate study in Berlin to her work as a founding faculty member and consultant in Sub-Saharan Africa’s first graduate program on gender and development outside of South Africa, and the establishment of an international research and teaching consortium on sustainable agriculture and development based in Costa Rica. Sharon has consulted at both public and private universities in the U.S. and abroad on publicly engaged scholarship, sustainability education, curriculum development, and place-based learning in diverse communities.
Sharon is a scholar-activist who served as a founder and leader of three non-profit organizations: Empowering Women for Education, an organization that raises funds and supports women pursuing advanced degrees; The Public Philosophy Network that supports and promotes engaged philosophical scholarship and teaching; and Mulberry Central Neighborhood Development Corporation. She led all three start-ups through fundraising, board development and staffing, marketing, and program development and management.
Sharon has served as a consultant and as a board member for community-based and higher education organizations with a focus on sustainability, women and LGBTQ advocacy, and community development. She has published and made dozens of presentations on these issues for both academic and wider audiences.