Vice President of Academic Affairs
Dr. Sharon Pierce has served as the vice president of academic affairs (VPAA) at Howard Community College (HCC) since July 2010. In her role as vice president, Dr. Pierce is responsible for providing leadership, management, and supervision of all academic divisions including the continuing education and workforce development division, as well as teaching and learning services, the mediation and conflict resolution center, the center for service learning, international education, eLearning, and instructional enrichment programs. The VPAA provides vision and direction for academic policies, procedures, and programs of the institution.
An expert in healthcare quality management and healthcare delivery, Dr. Pierce has been affiliated with HCC since 1990. Prior to teaching and administration, she was a practicing nurse in a variety of settings. Dr. Pierce first came to the college as an adjunct faculty member in the nursing division. Beginning in fall 1990, she became a full-time member of the college’s nursing faculty, ultimately achieving the rank of professor. Dr. Pierce served as the college’s director of nursing for four years (2001-2005) and chair of the HCC’s health science division from 2005 – 2010.
Dr. Pierce has served as a board member of the Maryland Board of Nursing and National Council State Boards of Nursing Institute for Regulatory Excellence Committee. Additionally, she has held the offices of the vice president and president of the Maryland Community College Council of Chief Academic Officers, and currently serves as co-chair of the Inter-segmental Chief Academic Officers. Dr. Pierce is also a current member of the Howard County General Hospital Professional Committee.
Dr. Pierce holds bachelors and masters of science degrees in nursing from the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore, Maryland and a doctorate in education from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and was a participant in The Chair Academy: Academy for Leadership and Development, and Leadership Howard County.