The House Assistant Dean (HAD) serves on a team responsible for developing, optimizing, and implementing operational policies and procedures for the West Campus House System in cooperation with other units and departments that support the West Campus House System. The HAD works in close partnership with the House Professor-Dean to realize the House mission. The HAD works to advance the educational mission of the West Campus House System through effective partnerships with faculty, University departments, and community organizations, and s/he directs the multiple functions of one House within the West Campus House System.
Sheryl has worked in Student Affairs for over a decade. As the Assistant Dean, her commitment to Cornell students expand beyond the classroom by providing support, advice, and mentorship to enhance their Cornellian college experience.Sheryl's experiences overseeing three Residence Life communities at various institutions provide her with the knowledge of resources that are necessary to lead Keeton House successfully. In addition, she spearheaded Residence Education assessment projects at Michigan State University, which lends itself to her efforts of constant betterment for organizational effectiveness. Aside from these experiences, Sheryl has worked in the Office for the Vice President of Student Services, Student Orientation and Retention, Business Mentoring Program, and Associated Students, Inc.
Sheryl received a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from California State University, Long Beach, and her M.Ed. in Postsecondary Administration in Student Affairs from the University of Southern California. She will be completing her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Michigan State University this year. Sheryl's research focuses on the motivation for student engagement in Student Government president's at four-year institutions. Other research interests include family-career balance and college success for ethnic minority students.
When Sheryl is not consumed with work and writing, she loves spending time with her husband and three children enjoying events in the Ithaca community.