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Vanessa Sheared

Dr. Vanessa Sheared Dean, Benerd School of Education


Phone: 209.946.2683

Office Hours

Students: Mondays 3:00-4:30 PM
Faculty: Wednesdays 3:00-4:30 PM


EdD in Adult and Continuing Education from Northern Illinois University

MA in Education and Counseling from Louisiana State University

BA in Sociology from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois

Vanessa Sheared, EdD joined University of the Pacific as the Dean of the Benerd School of Education in July 2016.   She previously held the post of Dean of the College of Education at Sacramento State (2006-2016), Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Education at San Francisco State University and was a Professor in the Center for Adult Education (1993-2006).  She is currently on the Board of Directors for United Way, Capital Region - Sacramento and Closing the Gap Foundation; and has served on the editorial board of several journals. 

She received a B.A. from Wheaton College (Sociology, 1977), an M.A. from Louisiana State University (Counselor Education, 1980), and an Ed.D from Northern Illinois University (Adult Education, 1992). She has held positions as an administrator and counselor in universities, community and vocational colleges, and nonprofit agencies; given presentations at international, national, state, and local conferences; and conducted research and taught in the areas of race, class, language and gender, policy and leadership, instructional and funding strategies, and Africentric womanist perspectives.     

She is the author of Welfare Reform, Race, Class, and Gender: The Elusive Quest For Self determination (Fall 1998), co-editor with Donna Amstutz of Adult Basic Education in the Urban Community in the Education and Urban Society Journal (2000), co-editor with P. Sissel of Making Space: Merging theory to Practice (2001), and co-editor (Sheared, V. Johnson-Bailey, J. Colin, III, S.A.J., Peterson, E. and Brookfield, S.) of The Handbook on Race in Adult Education: A Resource for Dialogue on Racism (2010), and she has authored several chapters on giving voice and teaching and learning strategies in the classroom, as well as within community and higher education practices.  


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