Vanessa Sheared Appointed Dean of Education at the University of the Pacific

Vanessa BenerdDean_tnSheared was named dean of the Gladys L. Benerd School of Education at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. For the past decade she has been serving as dean of the College of Education at California State University, Sacramento. Earlier, Dr. Sheared served on the faculty at San Francisco State University.

“I come to the Gladys L. Benerd School of Education with a great appreciation for the faculty commitment and dedication to preparing Pacific students who will go on to serve as teachers, counselors and administrators in diverse educational and community organizations within our region and beyond,” Dr. Sheared said. “We live in a technologically advanced, local and global market economy, which has a significant impact on how we teach and what we learn.  It’s my goal to advance our presence in these arenas and to provide equitable and collaborative learning spaces and opportunities that will enable faculty, staff and students to achieve academic and professional success in their lives and careers.”

Dr. Sheared is a graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois, where she majored in sociology. She holds a master’s degree in education and counseling from Louisiana State University and a doctorate in adult and continuing education from Northern Illinois University.

Related Articles


  1. Heartfelt Congratulations and Best Wishes Dr. Sheared on your new appointment!
    Your mentoring and leadership in my graduate program at San Francisco State University and further graduate studies at University of San Francisco, gave me a firm foundation in Critical Pedagogy and necessary ongoing reflection. All the Best to You!

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

HBCUs Receive Major Funding From Blue Meridian Partners

The HBCU Transformation Project is a collaboration between the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), and Partnership for Education Advancement. Forty HBCUs are currently working with the project and additional campuses are expected to join this year. The partnership recently received a $124 million investment from Blue Meridian Partners.

Four African American Scholars Who Are Taking on New Duties

Channon Miller is a new assistant professor at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and Quienton L. Nichols is the new associate dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. M. D. Lovett has joined Clark Atlanta University as an associate professor of psychology and associate professor Robyn Autry was named director of the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life at Wesleyan University in Connecticut.

U.S. News and World Report’s Latest Rankings of the Nation’s Top HBCUs

Spelman College in Atlanta was ranked as the best HBCU and Howard University in Washington, D.C., was second. This was the same as a year ago. This was the 17th year in a row that Spelman College has topped the U.S. News rankings for HBCUs.

University of Georgia’s J. Marshall Shepherd Honored by the Environmental Law Institute

Dr. Shepherd is a professor of geography, the Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor, and the director of the atmospheric sciences program at the University of Georgia. Before joining the faculty at the University of Georgia, he was a research meteorologist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Dr. Shepherd is an expert in the fields of weather, climate, and remote sensing.

Featured Jobs