Interim Vice President and Academic Dean Jane Smith

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Dr. Smith is a native of Beckley, West Virginia. She received a Bachelor of Music in Performance from West Virginia University, a Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy from the University of Colorado, and a Doctorate in Piano Performance and Literature from West Virginia University.

Most recently, Dr. Smith has served as Professor of Music at Concord and where she taught applied piano, piano pedagogy, music appreciation, and music history. She is a member of the West Virginia Music Teachers Association and often adjudicates for Music Educators National Conference festivals.

Dr. Smith was the Associate Academic Dean for Concord 2005-2009. During that time she was also the self-study coordinator for the 2008 successful accreditation visit from the Higher Learning Commission. Dr. Smith has trained as a Consultant Evaluator for the HLC and as a peer reviewer for the Quality Matters Program. During her 28 years at Concord Dr. Smith has served on multiple committees.

Dr. Smith lives in Beckley with her husband, Larry, and their miniature schnauzer, Gracie. They enjoy visiting their children and grandchildren who live in Colorado and Florida.

Associate Dean Cheryl Barnes

Dr. Barnes was appointed as Associate Dean in summer 2013. She has been an education professor at Concord since 1998. Dr. Barnes’ administrative experience includes Interim Director of Graduate Studies (2008-2012), Educational Graduate Program Coordinator (2012-present), and Chair of the Division of Education (2012-present).

In 1978, Dr. Barnes graduated with a B.S. in Elementary Education with a Specialization in Early Childhood Education (NK-8) from Concord College. She then attended Marshall University’s College of Graduate Studies and received an M.A. in Elementary Education with a Specialization in Early Childhood Education (1984) and an M.A. in Educational Administration (1992). Dr. Barnes completed her Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Curriculum and Instruction with a Cognate in Technology (2004).

Dr. Barnes has taught undergraduate courses in early childhood education, assessment and evaluation, educational psychology, and technology at Concord University. She has also taught technology, assessment and evaluation, and research courses at the graduate level. Dr. Barnes was an elementary teacher in Wyoming County for 20 years, teaching Kindergarten and second grade (1978-1998) and served as assistant to the Principal at Berlin McKinney Elementary school for six years (1992-98) before coming to Concord.

Dr. Barnes’ scholarship includes the creation of the Master of Arts (MAT) in Education Program. As the Interim Director of Graduate Programs, she also assisted in the writing, submission, and gaining approval of the Master of Arts in Health Promotion, the Master of Education in Special Education, and the Master of Social Work Programs. She has been active in several educational and technology associations and has served as an NCATE and CAR program reviewer.

At Concord, Dr. Barnes has chaired and served on a wide range of committees, prepared assessments reports for the M. Ed. and MAT programs, and assisted with the NCATE and HLC accreditation processes. She was appointed by the HECP to serve on the West Virginia Program Review Board and Dr. Barnes is a leader in Early Childhood Education initiatives in the state and represented Concord University on the West Virginia Department of Education Pre-K Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Advisory Council.

She and her husband, Tim, reside in Princeton, WV and have three daughters, three sons, one son-in-law, one daughter-in-law, and five grandchildren.


Vice President and Academic Dean's Staff

Ms. Anne Whittaker
Executive Secretary to the Vice President and Academic Dean
Dixie Terrell
Executive Secretary, Associate Dean’s Office

Marsh Hall A240 • Campus Box Wall • Athens, WV 24712-1000 • Fax: 1-304-384-5990

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