Summary

Jane K. Fernandes is the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. An advocate for diversity and equal opportunity, Jane K. Fernandes has worked in many educational and administrative capacities over the course of her long career. 

After graduating from The University of Iowa with a PhD in Comparative Literature, Jane K. Fernandes worked at a series of academic positions that included roles at Northeastern University, Gallaudet University, and Kapi’olani Community College. Her experience in the American Sign Language (ASL) and ASL-English interpreting programs at these schools prepared Jane K. Fernandes for a position as the Director of the Hawaii Center for the Deaf and Blind in Honolulu, Hawaii. From 1990 to 1995, Jane K. Fernandes spearheaded numerous changes at the Center, turning it from an educational institution serving a small population of students into a resource for students who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, partially sighted, and deaf-blind throughout the entire state. Jane K. Fernandes oversaw the transformation of the Center for the Deaf and Blind, providing students with technological assistance, sending out evaluation and technical assistance teams through the state, overseeing and developing a staff of 80 people, working with several unions, and managing the annual budget of $2.5 million. During her time at the Hawaii Center for the Deaf and Blind, Jane K. Fernandes also developed a five-year plan to improve education and opportunities for students with hearing and visual impairments. The plan resulted in the establishment of a preschool, a re-working of the curriculum to better serve students, and the development of new training programs for teachers. Under the leadership of Jane K. Fernandes, the Center's enrollment increased ten-fold. 

Work History

Work History
Jun 2008 - Present

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

University of North Carolina Asheville

DETAILS

Chief academic Officer. Responsible for 40 academic majors and 30 concentrations, the University library, enrollment services, academic support programs, institutional technology services and institutional research. Responsible for the development and administration of annual budget.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Inspire faculty and staff to provide the highest quality liberal arts education to more than 3,500 undergraduate students and 25 Masters degree students. Responsible for the hiring, professional development and performance evaluation of 210 university faculty. Lead enrollment management.

ACHIEVEMENTS

Achieved a steady increase in enrollment of academically qualified students and improved retention and graduation rates. Facilitating development of a Craft Studies program on the UNC Asheville campus. Leading University's reaffirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges. Fostering a culture of evidence regarding student learning outcomes.

ADDITIONAL INFO

Serve as presiding officer in the Chancellor's absence.

Dec 2006 - Present

Senior Fellow

Johnnetta B. Cole Global Diversity and Inclusion Institute

RESPONSIBILITIES

Collaborating on projects to enhance the Institute's capacity to influence education, public awareness and public policy on issues of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

ADDITIONAL INFO

Delivered Keynote Address, "Many Ways to be Deaf," at the Chief Diversity Officers Forum, Johnnetta B. Cole Global Diversity and Inclusion Institute conference, Greensboro, NC. Delivered Keynote Address, "Get on Board!," at the United Way Inclusion Roundtable, San Francisco, CA.

Apr 2006 - Oct 2006

President Designate

Gallaudet University

The Board of Trustees at Gallaudet University appointed me to serve as the ninth president effective January 1, 2007. Due to an extended protest that assumed world-wide proportions, on October 31, 2006, the Board of Trustees rescinded my contract before I had taken office.

May 2000 - Apr 2006

Provost

Gallaudet University, Deaf Education

DETAILS

Chief Academic Officer. Responsible for 24 undergraduate and graduate departments, academic support programs and services, campus life and student affairs programs, the University library, enrollment management, academic technology, institutional research, honors program, and the infant to grade 12 national demonstration schools. Oversaw five Gallaudet University Regional Centers. Responsible for the development and administration of annual budget ($83,200,000).

RESPONSIBILITIES

Responsible for the hiring, professional development and performance evaluation of 240 university faculty, 60 school teachers and 440 staff. Led student recruitment and retention efforts. Oversaw quality of education provided to 1,275 undergraduate students, 445 graduate students, and 175 professional studies students. Responsible for policies and procedures governing student conduct.

ACHIEVEMENTS

STUDENTS: Strengthened support for student-athletes by providing two full-time coaches and study tables designated for athletes. Planned for an enabled transition of football team from club sport to NCAA Division III. Consistently included Student Government Association and Graduate Student Association representatives on all Academic and Student Affairs committees and task forces thus assuring inclusion of the student perspective in decision-making. Built community by creating living and learning communities in the residence halls based on themes of shared student interest. STRATEGIC PLAN: Five new directions set focused on enhancing academic quality and rigor, redefining liberal arts for the 21st century, attracting and assuring the success of a diverse student body, strengthening Gallaudet's position as a global and cultural center, and valuing and promoting undergraduate and graduate programs equally. Significantly expanded and strengthened the Honors program by adding a capstone thesis requirement, initiating a regular assessment of student progress and outcomes, and implementing a summer faculty institute on interdisciplinary studies. CURRICULUM: Oversaw, fostered and encouraged development of eight new graduate degrees and three new undergraduate degrees along with increased credit and non-credit offerings in Professional Studies. ENROLLMENT: The academic quality of incoming students improved annually. The number of matriculating students increased annually as did the retention of first-year students. An all-time high number of first-year students was retained. The largest and most academically gifted class in Gallaudet University's history was enrolled. The graduation rate gradually increased. SPONSORED PROGRAMS: Tripled dollar amount of research grants awarded to Gallaudet University. Personally advocated with and appealed to the National Science Foundation (NSF) for Gallaudet's ultimately successful proposal for a five-year $23-million Science of Learning grant. Responded in writing and on the telephone several times to NSF directors' inquiries regarding Gallaudet's readiness to fulfill the requirements of a rigorous scientific grant. FUNDRAISING: Lead role in campaign focused on the Sorenson Language and Communication Center, an interdisciplinary building with a visually-centered architecture. Raised $2.5 million from foundations and individuals. With a $3 million gift from the Nippon Foundation, established the World Deaf Leadership scholarship at Gallaudet University. Secured $250,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation in support of interdisciplinary course development. FACILITIES STEWARDSHIP: Shepherded the development of program, design and budget for a $30 million new interdisciplinary studies building. Facilitated consensus on the development of a new visually-centered architecture as well as the building's interdisciplinary teaching, research and service mission. Stewarded the development of program, design and budget for an annual appropriation of $1.2 million from the U.S. Congress for biology and genetics research laboratory renovation. CRISIS MANAGEMENT: Directed Gallaudet University's comprehensive response to several signficant crises including the murder of two freshmen in their dormitory rooms and the subsequent arrest and conviction of a third freshman for the crimes. Led response to several other incidents including the anthrax incident at the DC post office nearby Gallaudet, the area random sniper episode, and the 9/11 attacks and the ensuing climate of fear in the DC-metro area.

ADDITIONAL INFO

Served as the senior administrator in charge in the president's absence. Chaired the Crisis Management Team on behalf of the president. AWARD: Alumni Fellow, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, The University of Iowa, 2001.

Aug 1995 - May 2000

Vice President

Gallaudet University

DETAILS

Chief administrative officer of the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center responsible for the Kendall Demonstration Elementary School and the Model Secondary School for the Deaf and its residence halls, and their associated research evaluation and technical assistance, professional development and outreach units. Responsible for the development and administration of annual budget ($23,000,000)

RESPONSIBILITIES

Responsible for the hiring, professional development and performance evaluation of 70 teachers and 200 staff. Oversaw the quality of education provided to 225 high school and 150 elementary school students. Developed policies and procedures covering all aspects of student education and life.

ACHIEVEMENTS

STRATEGIC PLAN The National Mission Plan was developed and disseminated to bring the demonstration schools into compliance with new amendments to the federal law authorizing them. NATIONAL PRIORITIES Set three research priorities: literacy for all deaf children, transition from high school to post-secondary education, work and careers, and family involvement in the life of a deaf child. Developed and evaluated many projects including the acclaimed Shared Reading Project, Family Math Project, Decision-Maker and the Nine Areas of Literacy books and videos. RESEARCH AND DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS In 1994, 41 schools had adopted our projects. By 2006, 535 schools throughout the United States adopted our innovative curricula, materials and programs. OUTREACH: Developed first-class Web page averaging millions of hits per year as of 2006; created "Odyssey" a well-respected magazine for education professionals; developed mechanism to provide training and professional development institutes throughout the nation.

Jan 1990 - Aug 1995

Director

Hawaii Center for the Deaf and Blind

DETAILS

Responsible for the transformation of a small, specialized school into a vibrant statewide resource center serving deaf, blind and dead-blind students throughout the State of Hawaii. Strengthened the quality of education provided to students on-site and established statewide technical assistance and evaluation teams. Responsible for the development and administration of annual budget ($2,500,000).

RESPONSIBILITIES

Responsible for hiring, professional development and performance evaluation of 40 teachers and 40 staff. Implemented collective bargaining agreements for three unions. Improved academic quality for students at the Center. Mobilized state evaluation and assistance teams.

ACHIEVEMENTS

STRATEGIC PLANNING: A five-year strategic plan, "In Search of a Brighter Tomorrow," was developed to build a promising future for deaf, blind and deaf-blind students in Hawaii. ENROLLMENT: Enrollment at the Center grew ten-fold. ACADEMIC PROGRAMS: New preschool established to provide young children with a firm foundation for academic success. Curriculum reform ensued resulting in focus on literacy and theme-based instruction. Began annual Family Learning Vacations to help families better meet the needs of deaf, blind and deaf-blind family members. Began comprehensive teacher development program.

ADDITIONAL INFO

AWARDS: Outstanding Women in Communication, Hawaii Headliners, Women in Communication, 1990 Alice Cogswell Award, Gallaudet University Alumni Association, Laurent Clerc Cultural Fund for the Cultural Advancement of the Deaf Community, 1993

Feb 1988 - Jan 1990

Coordinator and Instructor

Kapiolani Community College

DETAILS

Establish permanent academic program to teach hearing people to become American Sign Language/English interpreters.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Developed a two-year course of study leading to hearing students becoming certified to work as American Sign Language/English interpreters.

ACHIEVEMENTS

American Sign Language satisfied foreign language requirement at the University of Hawaii system. Worked with state officials to establish state rules governing employment of interpreters. Developed with Dr. James J. Fernandes a training series for telephone relay assistants at GTE Hawaiian Telephone Company. 1989.

ADDITIONAL INFO

Developed and co-taught with Ms. Barbara Pretty in-service programs to improve American Sign Language fluency of educational assistants working in public schools throughout the Hawaiian Islands. 1988-89. As a recipient of subcontract from the University of Arizona, conducted three-day series of workshops on Kauai, Maui and Hawaii: ASL/English Skill Building: Attitude, Ethics, Skills and Presentation. 1989.

Jun 1987 - Dec 1987

Chair

Gallaudet University
Aug 1986 - Jul 1987

Chair

Northeastern University

Education

Education
Aug 1980 - Dec 1986

PhD

University of Iowa

American Sign Language fluency in addition to French, Italian and English.Teaching Assistant for English Department, Comparative Literature Program and Speech Pathology and Audiology Department. National Theatre of the Deaf Professional School, 1982 Iowa Association of the Deaf, Board Secretary (1985-86) Miss Deaf Iowa (1982-84); Miss Deaf America (third runner-up, 1984) International Deaf Woman of the Year, First Runner-Up, Quota Club InternationalPhillip G. Hubbard Human Rights Award, The University of Iowa Committee on Human Rights (1986) Rehabilitation Award, Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity Mallory Disability Award, Easter Seals Society of Iowa Lucille A. Abt Award, Alexander Graham Bell Association Graduate Fellowship, Gallaudet University Alumni Association (1982 and 1983) Stokoe Scholarship, National Association of the Deaf

Aug 1978 - May 1980

MA

University of Iowa

Research Assistant for Professors Daniel Weissbort, Rudolf Kuenzli, Stephen Ungar and Paul HernadiAerobics and weight training as a hobbyBraverman Award, Iowa Foundation, Outstanding Disabled Student

Aug 1974 - May 1978

BA

Trinity College

Fencing Team (4 years); Captain (senior year)

Underwood Memorial Poetry Prize (junior and senior years) Comparative Literature Book prize (senior thesis)