ADAMS NAMED DEAN OF EDUCATION AND BEHAVORIAL SCIENCES AT BLACK HILLS STATE

Author: BHSU Communications/Tuesday, May 3, 2016/Categories: 2016

Dr. Sharman Siebenthal Adams, from the University of Michigan-Flint (UM-F), has been selected dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences at Black Hills State University.

Adams, a tenured associate professor of education, has successful leadership and administrative experience as a chair, director and coordinator. Throughout her career she has been actively involved in new program development, grant writing, publishing and creating collaborative partnerships.  

"Sharman is the ideal person to lead the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences at BHSU," Dr. Tom Jackson, Jr., BHSU president said. "Her experiences and collaborative approach will create opportunities for BHSU and inspire students."

Adams noted that she's excited for the opportunity to serve as dean at BHSU.

"I'm deeply honored to become dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences and join the Yellow Jacket community," Adams said. "At BHSU, I've found incredibly talented faculty and staff that provide simply amazing learning opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students. I can't say enough about the warmth and hospitality of the entire university."

At UM-F Adams has served as Chair to the Chancellor on the Chancellor's Advisory Committee and Budget Priorities. As chair, Adams has experience managing university budgets, advising the chancellor, reviewing fee structures, overseeing strategic planning, and evaluating course proposals. Over the past 12 years at the UM-F, Adams has developed undergraduate and graduate programs and curricula that have resulted in the addition of eight approved educational programs.

Additional areas of experience include more than 15 years of university level teaching, directing work in the field of literacy (higher education and K-12), appointments as a national mathematics and literacy consultant, state level positions as an educational technology consultant, state level literacy training, and assessment coordinator of literacy and mathematics curriculum. Adams' areas of subspecialty include: acquiring funding resources for returning adult learners, providing foundations courses for pre-service and in-service teachers, overseeing and instructing youth in recreational programs, instructing STEM activities in the community, and acquiring grant funds for programs.

Over the course of her career, Adams has worked in five international countries along with fostering relationships with more than 30 school districts among seven states. Adams noted that the partnerships have resulted in numerous learning opportunities for students, colleagues and staff.

Three years ago, Adams was accepted in and completed the year-long national program (Higher Education Resource Services) HERS Wellesley Institute for Higher Education. That same year, she was awarded a grant from the University of Michigan to support work from the institute. She has received the two distinguished UM-F faculty awards as well as numerous "Golden Apple" awards recognizing her excellence and accomplishments.

Adams has presented and published on topics ranging from teaching in a globally-connected world educational gaming use of technology in education strengthening students' outcomes through the use of multi-media measuring organizational change in an academic culture and teaching/learning in online environments. She currently serves as an international executive board reviewer for Phi beta Delta Print Journal and as served as editor of education journals.

Adams earned her Ph.D. in curriculum, teaching and educational policy from Michigan State University and her undergraduate degree in history from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore.

Adams replaces Dr. Pat Simpson who is retiring this summer after serving as dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences for five years. She joined the BHSU faculty teaching in the School of Education and later served as graduate coordinator.
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