Leadership Teams

Senior Leadership Team

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Dr. Jeffery L. Osgood

Deputy Provost & Vice President for Academic Operations

Dr. Jeffery Osgood, a first-generation college student, earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Austin Peay State University, a master’s degree in Public Administration from Western Kentucky University, and a Ph.D. in Urban and Public Affairs from the University of Louisville. As Deputy Provost and Vice President for Academic Operations, Dr. Osgood values having the opportunity to make a significant impact on the way WCU operates and how it serves students. “While I would like to take credit for our culture of student success, I believe that this commitment so strongly permeates the university that the credit belongs to every member of the campus community.” Dr. Osgood reports that his proudest professional accomplishment is not so much a specific outcome or achievement. Instead, it is the almost tangible sense among the team that they are empowered, encouraged, and emboldened to take on the challenge of breaking down barriers to student success.

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Dr. Vanessa Kahen Johnson

Director of West Chester University Moon Shot, Interim Dean of the Graduate School, Professor of Psychology

Dr. Vanessa Kahen Johnson is a Professor of Psychology and the interim Dean of the Graduate School. She teaches courses in Multicultural Psychology, Child and Family Psychotherapy, Abormal Psychology, Research Methods, and Statistics. Drawing on over 20-years of experience in higher education, Dr. Kahen Johnson believes in the need to develop student-centered universities. She co-chaired the West Chester University Equity Scorecard team from 2011-2014, leading her university’s effort to find effective pathways to closing racial equity gaps in student access, retention, and completion rates by identifying and remediating unintended obstacles contributing to racial disproportions in student success. She has also headed the development and implementation of a new Doctor of Psychology program and training clinic providing supervised clinical training for Psy.D. students and affordable mental health care to the community. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Megan Jerabek

Senior Associate Vice President for Academic & Enterprise Systems, University Registrar

Megan Jerabek currently serves as the Senior Associate Vice President for Academic & Enterprise Systems and University Registrar. In this role she works to leverage technology in a way that empowers students and the faculty & students who support them. Megan has been with WCU for over 7 years serving in multiple capacities to support enrollment technology, student success, retention, and student records. She has worked in higher education for over 15 years at both private and public institutions.

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Dr. Tracey Robinson

Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Dr. Tracey Robinson has served as West Chester University’s inaugural Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer since 2018. She has over 20 years in higher education, serving in many capacities in academic affairs, student affairs and as a faculty member. Her background as a Social Psychologist has enabled her to conduct research and program assessment to assist with effectively advancing university-wide leadership and assessment in the areas of student recruitment, retention, and graduation and well as campus climate, diversity education, advocacy and professional development. She earned her Doctorate in Social Psychology, MS in Social Psychology, and BA in Psychology, all from North Carolina State University.

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Brittany Motley

Director with the Education Advisory Board (EAB) & Principal Consultant for Moon Shot for Equity

Brittany works with regional partnerships, including WCU, to execute best practices to close equity gaps within regions. She helps cultivate regional partnerships between higher education institutions to optimize their student success efforts to close equity gaps. Her work focuses on serving as a thought partner in leadership development, change management, and student success strategies focused on building an inclusive culture for all students. Prior to working at EAB, Brittany served as the Executive Director for Student Success at Kentucky State University and the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at Wilberforce University. During this time, she oversaw all academic support services at both Universities and was tasked to increase retention and enrollment rates for first time freshmen students.

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Ellyn Artis

Managing Director, Technology Partner Experience & Consultant for Moon Shot for Equity

Ellyn Artis has a long history working with higher education leaders to implement strategies that increase the numbers of students who complete a postsecondary credential. At EAB, she helps to build the capacity of our partners around change management and the use of data and analytics. Previously, she was a founding partner at the Education Delivery Institute (EDI) where she helped education leaders to implement and scale student success strategies. Corwin Press published her book, Deliverology in Practice, which chronicles implementation success stories in education and provides for administrators, faculty, and staff. Ellyn has also worked at The Education Trust, supporting higher education systems that agreed to halve college-going and completion equity gaps as part of the Access to Success Initiative. She holds a Bachelor's degree from Barnard College and a Master's in Public Affairs from the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Advisory Team

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Dr. Francis Atuahene

Associate Professor and Director of Exploratory Studies Academic Advising

Dr. Francis Atuahene is an Associate Professor and Director of Exploratory Studies. As an academic advisor, Dr. Atuahene believes the first year in Exploratory Studies remains a critical pillar of student’s personal growth and academic success. Dr. Atuahene’s research interests are in higher education accessibility, equity and affordability. He earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and Policy and a cognate in College Student Personnel. He earned a Master of Arts in International Affairs (MAIA), and Master of Public Administration (MPA) all from the Ohio University. He also received a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) degree in Political Science with Philosophy from the University of Ghana.

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Dr. Angela Clarke

Professor of Psychology and the Founding Director of Clinical Training for West Chester University’s Doctor of Psychology program

Dr. Angela Clarke is a Professor of Psychology and the founding Director of Clinical Training for West Chester University’s APA accredited Doctor of Psychology program. Dr. Clarke teaches courses in Multicultural Psychology, Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, and Consultation and Supervision in Clinical Practice. Her research focuses on the use of community partnership approaches for developing sustainable, community-based interventions to prevent mental health disorders among youth living in communities of concentrated poverty. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Dr. Zebulun Davenport

Vice President for Student Affairs

Dr. Zebulun Davenport currently serves as West Chester University’s Vice President for Student Affairs. Dr. Davenport has nearly 30 years of experience in higher education, with nearly 14 years as a Vice President. His contributions at WCU have advanced campus culture, organizational structure, and student success. Dr. Davenport brings expertise in the areas of student retention, outcomes assessment, strategic planning, and strategies for assisting first-generation college students. He earned his Doctorate in Higher Education and Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, a Master of Education in College Student Personnel Administration, and a Bachelor of Science in Communications/Public Relations with a minor in Human Services from James Madison University.

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Dr. Jackie Hodes

Professor in Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs and co-director of the Ed.D. in Policy, Planning, and Administration

Dr. Jacqueline Hodes is a Professor in Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs in the Department of Educational Foundations and Policy Studies. She teaches courses in Higher Education and Student Affairs and prepares graduate students for positions in these fields. She also serves as the co-director of the Ed.D. in Policy, Planning, and Administration. Dr. Hodes has worked at WCU since 1986, starting her career in Student Affairs as the director of alcohol and drug education. Over 26 years as an administrator, Dr. Hodes served in many different capacities including director of the wellness center and the assistant to the vice-president for student affairs. She has had experience in student conduct, orientation, new student programs, student learning outcomes assessment, fundraising and development, and many other areas in student affairs. Dr. Hodes served as a member on the Equity Scorecard Team in 2011-2013. In addition, Dr. Hodes served for 18 years as the coordinator for LGBTQA services. She earned her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Curriculum, Technology, and Higher Education from University of Delaware.

 

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Dr. Tammy James

Professor in the Department of Health, and currently serves as the Coordinator of Academic Support Services for Student Athletes

Dr. Tammy James is a Professor in the Department of Health, and currently serves as the Coordinator of Academic Support Services for Student Athletes at West Chester University. She is responsible for teaching undergraduate/graduate courses in School Health Education, including a Leadership/Life skills course for student athletes and she directs the West Chester University Athletic Mentoring Program and the COMPASS (Commitment to the Objective of Mentoring, Perseverance, Achievement Sustainability, and Success) program. She earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction and School Health Education from Kent State University.

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Dr. Rodney Mader

Professor in the Department of English

Dr. Rodney Mader received his Ph.D. in English from Temple University in 1998 and joined WCUPA in 1999. Over the years he has served the university in various roles, including as Faculty Associate for LGBTQ Affairs; Director of Women’s and Gender Studies; Chair of the English Department; and Director of General Education during the revision of our curriculum. He has also served multiple terms on CAPC. Dr. Mader worked with colleagues from across the university to close equity gaps in access, retention, and completion as a member of the Equity Scorecard Committee in 2011-14, and he is eager to continue this important work as part of the Moon Shot for Equity.

 

Goal Team Leaders

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Marie Bunner

Associate Director of the Academic Success Program (ASP) and Associate Professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies and Academic Support Programs

Dr. Bunner is the Associate Director of the Academic Success Program (ASP) and Associate Professor in the department of Interdisciplinary Studies and Academic Support Programs. Her professional experience in academic support includes teaching and learning strategies, academic advising, and special admissions programs.  Moon Shot for Equity is an amazing collaborative opportunity to improve and enhance access and academic success for all students.  

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Rita Patel Eng

Student Success Coordinator, Learning Assistance and Resource Center

Rita oversees the Success Coaching program, which provides individualized support to guide students toward academic and personal success at WCU. Rita has worked in K-16 education for over 25 years to increase diversity representation in STEM.  Rita is excited to work on Moon Shot as it connects with her passion to assist all students achieve their goals and find their success. Rita has a BS in Biology and Secondary Science Teaching Certification and MS in Technological Systems Management from Stony Brook University. She is currently completing her Ed.D. in Policy, Planning, and Administration in Higher Education at West Chester University. 

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Brenda Small

Associate Vice President for Finance and Business Services

Brenda Small is the Associate Vice President for Finance and Business Services at West Chester University.  In her role, Brenda is responsible for the departments of Accounting, Accounts Payable, Bursar, Business Systems, Construction Procurement, Payroll, Purchasing and Postal Services at the university.  Prior to assuming this role, Brenda served as the Financial Controller for the university. Brenda earned a B.S. in accounting from the Pennsylvania State University, an M.B.A. from West Chester University and a C.P.A. from the state of Delaware.  Brenda began her career in public accounting and has over 30 years of experience in higher education, governmental and not-for profit organizations.

Retention Grants

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Amanda Corsi

Associate Registrar

Amanda Corsi has served as Associate Registrar for Student Services in the Registrar’s Office since 2017. She oversees a team who provides comprehensive service to students, faculty, and the campus community. She has experience working directly with students in multiple settings, including four-year institutions and community colleges, helping them towards degree completion. She earned her Master’s in Higher Ed Counseling/Students in 2015 from WCU and is currently pursuing an Ed.D in Policy, Planning, and Administration with an anticipated completion date of Spring 2023.

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Jen Long

Director, Twardowski Career Development Center

Jennifer Rossi Long is leading campus-wide career development efforts at West Chester University as the Director of the Twardowski Career Development Center. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from WCU, and a Master of Education in Counseling in Higher Education from Widener. Over Jennifer’s 17 years of experience in the field, she has utilized an equity-minded approach to her work and is excited to apply that lens to other areas of campus through the Moon Shot mission.


Marci Major

Chair, Department of Music Education and Music Therapy, Associate Professor in Music Education

 

Developmental Courses

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Evelyn Anderson

Associate Director of Student Services for the Philadelphia Campus

Mrs. Evelyn Anderson has served as the Student Success Coordinator for University College for the past three years. As the Student Success Coordinator, Evelyn provides proactive and intentional support to enhance student learning and success. She is a proud alumnus of WCU and is ready to help students achieve both their personal and academic goals. Mrs. Anderson has completed all her education at WCU. She has earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and two master’s degrees in Criminal Justice and Higher Education Counseling and Student Affairs. Mrs. Anderson is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Policy, Planning, and Administration at WCU as well where she is focusing her dissertation on best practices to support students who have been in the child welfare system. 

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Brian Bowen

Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Bowen is a Professor in the Mathematics Department. His area of interest is in the preparation of elementary and middle school pre-service teachers. Dr. Bowen is also involved with the design and implementation of developmental mathematics courses. He is looking forward to working with Moon Shot for Equity to help support the implementation of best practices to support the success of students at West Chester University.


Ilknur Sancak-Marusa

Instructor and First Year Writing Director

 

Transfer Pathways

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Dominique Bennett

Student Success Coordinator

Dominique Bennett serves as the Student Success Coordinator for the College of Health Sciences. She’s earned two PASSHE degrees, an MA in Adult & Community Education from Indiana University of PA (IUP) and a BS in Health Sciences Pre-PA from Lock Haven University of PA. Dominique had the opportunity to work in several facets of Higher Education including Enrollment Management, Student Affairs and Academic Affairs at several different universities. She is committed to the goals of Moon Shot for Equity because she would like to support current and future students at WCU in providing them with skills and resources needed for them to be successful at WCU and beyond.

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Ann Colgan

Director of Interdisciplinary Studies and Academic Advisor for Exploratory Studies

Dr. Ann Lieberman Colgan is the Director of Interdisciplinary Studies and an academic advisor for Exploratory Studies. She arrived at this destination after careers as a high school history teacher and a decade as tutor supervisor at WCU’s Learning Assistance and Resource Center. Her research interests include advising communication and Jewish Studies in public higher education, and she looks forward to applying her nearly two decades of working with transfer students to ensuring their success.

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Seth Jacobson

Director of the Center for Civic Engagement & Social Impact (CCESI)

Seth Jacobson, Ph.D. is the Director of the Center for Civic Engagement & Social Impact (CCESI). CCESI is home to the university’s Resource Pantry which supports student success by minimizing college student food and basic need insecurity. Through research, practice, and public policy, Dr. Jacobson has spent the past 15 years advancing equity-driven change in higher education. He joined the Moon Shot for Equity mission to improve access, opportunity, and completion for current and prospective low-income, first-gen, and students of color at WCU.

Proactive Advising Enabled by Technology

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Shereen Majeeth

Software Engineer

Shereen earned her MS in Computer Science from West Chester University. She has worked as a Software Engineer in Academic and Enterprise Systems since 2018. She has designed and developed many software solutions to meet the business needs of the university and enhance the student and faculty experience. Shereen is looking forward to working with Moon Shot for Equity to help in the discovery of innovative practices that leverage technology to empower students and faculty.

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Jessica McMahan

Student Success Coordinator

Jessica McMahan holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Roanoke College and master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Chestnut Hill College. Jessica leverages skills in customer care and vocational evaluation from the mental health and hospitality fields. She currently serves as the Student Success Coordinator to the College of Sciences & Mathematics and is committed to Moon Shot for Equity goals to enhance the quality of advising practices and experiences.

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Jordan Schugar

Associate Professor In English and Digital Humanities & New Media

Dr. Jordan Schugar is an Associate Professor who teaches in the English and Digital Humanities & New Media programs. He earned an Advanced Certificate in the inaugural cohort for the Institute for Cultural Competence and Inclusive Excellence and is currently participating in an equitable course design initiative and a US Department of Education funded eTextbook grant (PA-ADOPT) to create and promote free, open access course materials. He hopes to use his research and experience with educational technology to ensure every student has the skills to be successful in their academic career and beyond.

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