M.S. in Higher Education Faculty
The faculty who will guide you through the curriculum at Goucher are not just professors, and they're not just at Goucher. They are distinguished leaders in their fields. They bring a depth of practical experience that is invaluable to students.
Ernest Brevart Jr
Dr. Ernest Brevard Jr currently works as the Special Assistant to the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success at Morgan State University. He brings over 10 years of experience in higher education to the Master’s Program in Higher Education. He teaches topics related to student development theories, FERPA compliance, fundraising and development, student programing, CAS standards, leadership development, and assessment procedures. Prior to coming to Morgan, he worked in Student Affairs at the College of Charleston.
Dr. Brevard received his Bachelor of Science in Special Education from the College of Charleston, his Master of Science in Education with a specialization in Leadership in Higher Education and Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Capella University. He is Quality Matters certified to teach online.
Dr. Shuang Liu is the Associate Vice President for Continuous Improvement and Innovation Analytics at Anne Arundel Community College (AACC), where she oversees the Office of Planning, Research, and Institutional Assessment. She has more than two decades of higher education experiences in administration, research, and instruction in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining AACC, Dr. Liu served as the Assistant Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and the Accreditation Liaison Officer for Goucher College. She led the institutional research offices with a demonstrated success in organizing team efforts to promote data transparency, developing a culture of data-informed decision making, and improving institutional effectiveness. She is a regular presenter at national and regional conferences on the topics of student success, assessment, accreditation, and institutional planning.
Dr. Liu teaches various courses, including research methods. Dr. Liu received her doctoral degree in Instructional Leadership for Changing Populations from Notre Dame of Maryland University
Professor and Academic Director
Dr. Germán Mora is a Professor of Environmental Studies at Goucher College. He brings over 15 years of experience, having served as both Program Coordinator and Director of the Environmental Studies Program. Currently, Dr. Mora is Associate Provost for Curriculum at Goucher and serves as Director of the Master’s Program in Higher Education.
Dr. Mora completed his doctorate in biogeochemistry in 2000 at Indiana University. Prior to arriving at Goucher, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins University, and taught at Iowa State University and Montgomery College. At Goucher College, he teaches a broad range of survey and thematic courses that address the intersectionality of science and society in regards to understanding and addressing environmental issues.
Ava Norris is a former staff member at Goucher College. She worked as the Associate Director of Administration for the Graduate Programs in Education (GPE) in the Welch Center for Graduate and Professional Studies. She has several years of experience in higher education and has taken steps to improve the functionality of GPE and the Welch Center as a whole.
As Executive Administrative Manager at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Ava manages the administrative and logistical activities for the Dean’s Suite including managing procurement activities. In addition, she plans various high-level events for the school and works alongside senior staff on curriculum & program development, project management, and legislative planning. She also has an extensive background in human services working as a mental health rehabilitation counselor for many years.
Ava is currently working on her Doctor of Education (EdD) at Northcentral Unversity. Her major is higher education and her research & dissertation is focused on the introduction of online graduate programs and their effects on enrollment trends. She has a Master of Science degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Baltimore, as well as an Associate of Arts degree from the Community College of Baltimore County.
Sharon Oliver-Whitehurst currently teaches in the Graduate Program in Higher Education in the Welch Center for Graduate and Professional Studies here at Goucher College. She is a staff member of Morgan State University as the Divisional Budget Officer for the Division of Academic Affairs in the Office of the Provost. She has 15+ years of experience in higher education. Her knowledge of budget and finance is extensive, where she manages a state operating budget of about $96M and about $35M in research funding. Prior to coming to Morgan, she worked for Ernst & Young, LLC where she audited the States of Maryland and Pennsylvania.
She received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Howard University and her MBA from University of Maryland University College (UMUC). She is Quality Matter certified to teach online and to design online classes. Sharon was recently accepted into UMUC’s Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) program and will begin this Spring 2019. Her focus will be on higher education and her research will be on successful Budgeting Models and Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Dr. Scott Sibley is a Professor of Chemistry at Goucher. He received his B.A. in Chemistry from Williams College and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Michigan. He then held postdoctoral positions as a Dreyfus Fellow at San José State University and as a researcher at the University of Southern California. Since his arrival at Goucher, he has taught Physical, Analytical, Inorganic and General Chemistry courses, as well as an Intensive Course Abroad (ICA) in Romania.
He has had numerous administrative roles, serving as Department Chair for Chemistry, Division Chair for the Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Chair of the Faculty for three years. He also served as Interim Provost at Goucher, overseeing the implementation of the academic program of the college, including faculty in making changes to undergraduate curricula and in building new, innovative academic majors. Most recently, he served as Interim Associate Provost, Welch Center for Graduate and Professional Studies, directing the operations of all graduate and professional programs of Goucher College. Dr. Sibley teaches a special topics course for our Master’s Program in Higher Education.
I am happy to serve as the course instructor HEA 622 (Organizational Behavior and Culture) in the M.S. in Higher Education Policy, Research, and Administration program. I enjoy working with graduate students in this field and the opportunities for deep engagement in teaching and learning that the online environment provides.
I have had the good fortune to work in a variety of roles in higher education over the past two decades—at both public and independent institutions, and both on campuses and in organizations. In addition to teaching at Goucher, I currently serve as the Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Maryland Independent College and University Association (MICUA) in Annapolis, Maryland. MICUA is an association that provides public policy leadership in support of its 15 member institutions, fosters cooperative efforts among member institutions and Maryland's public colleges and universities, and serves as a liaison between independent higher education and the state and federal government. Prior to joining MICUA, I served as Assistant Secretary for Higher Education at the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC)—Maryland's postsecondary coordinating board—where I had oversight for the divisions of Academic Affairs, Research/Policy Analysis, and Information Technology.
My past positions include Director of Institutional Research at Loyola University Maryland, Assistant to the Provost at Washington College, Assistant to the Dean of the Graduate School at University of Maryland University College, and P-20 Project Director at the University System of Maryland. I have managed grants funded by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, Lumina Foundation for Education, and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. I have also taught online courses in Penn State University’s Master of Education in Higher Education program and Clemson University’s Master of Public Administration program.
I have a B.A. in Leadership Studies and German from the University of Richmond; an M.A. in College Student Personnel from the University of Maryland, College Park; and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Brandon Myers is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics and serves as the Program Coordinator for Developmental Mathematics Education at Baltimore City Community College. As a program coordinator, Brandon collects data on student success and retention to assess the effectiveness of each of the developmental mathematics courses, faculty, and student services so that data-driven changes are made for continuous improvement.
Brandon is currently pursuing his Doctor of Education degree in Instructional Systems Design and Technology from Sam Houston State University. He has earned a M.S. in Mathematics Education from Towson University and a B.S. in Mathematics with a minor in Secondary Education from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ. He has over 8 years of leadership experience in PK-12 and higher education and holds a teacher certification from the State of Maryland in the area of Secondary Mathematics in grades 7 - 12.
Brandon's research focuses on technology integration to improve instruction and learning, instructor implementation of real-world applications through project-based learning, and instructor effectiveness. As a higher education faculty member, Brandon has been active in the advisement and guidance of students, supervised field-based experiences, served on various committees, developed and taught online, hybrid, and face-to-face undergraduate and graduate math and education courses, and has been involved in the realignment and development of curriculum to meet state and professional standards. His experience also includes conducting professional development seminars for PK-12 and higher education faculty to strengthen student success.