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Venkat Sharma

Dean and Professor of Biology

Venkat Sharma, Ph.D. is the Dean and Professor of Biology, College of Science and Health at William Patterson University (WPU), Wayne, New Jersey 07470, since July 2017. Dr. Sharma oversees ten departments, consisting of approximately 300 full and part-time faculty and 2,600 students. Prior to joining WPU he served as the Founding Dean of the School of Natural and Mathematical Sciences and Professor of Biology at SUNY Oneonta from July 2013 to July 2017. As the chief academic and executive officer of the School of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, Dr. Sharma oversaw five departments, a biological research station, Science Discovery Center, and several programs consisting of 102 full-time faculty and 1,300 students.  Dr. Sharma served as Dean and Professor of Biology, School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at University of West Alabama (UWA), Livingston, AL (2009-2013). Dr. Sharma participated in the Millennium Leadership Initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) in summer 2017, and in the Management of Leadership Education (MLE) program at Harvard University during the summer of 2011. He is a member of the Arden seminars. Prior to his appointment at UWA he had held several positions of academic leadership at University of West Florida (UWF) as Associate Dean/Administrative Fellow in the College of Arts and Sciences; Professor, Department of Biology; and Director, Health Sciences Advisory Programs. Dr. Sharma conducted research in transcription and cytokine biology as Research Scientist at the Arthur James Cancer Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH and also as a Project Investigator/Post-doctoral Fellow at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX. Dean Sharma has over 31 years of teaching and research experience in Immunology, Nano-Immunology, Biochemistry of Leukemia, HIV-associated B-cell lymphomas, Biomedical Ethics and allied subjects.

 

Dean Sharma has published extensively research papers, abstracts in research journals, and proceedings of various national and international conferences. He has mentored over a hundred undergraduate students in research (46 of them are women and minority), has supervised ten graduate thesis and six postdoctoral fellows, and 12 early career scientists in STEM discipline. His co-authored work has been cited by scores of investigators around the globe including Dr. Jonas Salk, inventor of Polio Vaccine. Dean Sharma continues to serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Complimentary and Alternate Medicine and has been the reviewer for several grant agencies and various research journals.  He has also reviewed book chapters for Molecular Biology of the Gene, 5th Edition, by James D. Watson (Nobel Laureate) et al., and Fundamental & Applied Immunology. Dr. Sharma has received multiple grants from Merck & AAAS, PBI formula grant from the Department of Education, and private foundations. Dean Sharma has initiated several outreach and service-learning activities at SUNY Oneonta, UWA and UWF, such as Science Saturdays, Women in Sciences Educating Girls engaged in Math and Science (WISE GEMS), faculty forum to develop a community of learners, Share Science, and Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS@NSM). Dean Sharma established research laboratories in plant genomics, environmental studies, watershed studies and Laboratory of Cytokine Research for the first time in the 175 year history of UWA. He also helped create a leadership program for faculty development. 

 

Dean Sharma is a recipient of numerous awards and honors. A few highlights are: he has been nominated for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) 2011, recognized for distinguished service to the Friends of India Association (FIAT), Tuscaloosa, AL 2011; recipient, outstanding Faculty Advisor Award, UWF Student Activities Division, 2009; recipient, Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and Advising Award, UWF 2008; recipient, President's Award for Leadership in Diversity, UWF 2006; recipient, Annual Distinguished Teaching Award, UWF Student Government Association 2005; recipient, Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and Advising Award, UWF 2005 & 2001; recipient, Nautilus Excellence Awards: Gabor Award (University Wide) UWF 2004; recipient, Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) Awards for excellence in teaching, UWF 2003 and 1998; finalist, Father of the Year 2002 Escambia County Award, Chief Judge’s Children’s Council (CJCC), Florida; recipient of the Distinguished University Research and Creative Activities Award, UWF 2001; and was nominated for the volunteer of the year award at R.C. Lipscomb Elementary School 2000.

 

Dean Sharma is married to Sunita Sharma and has two children, Adrika & Arvind. He has travelled Canada, France, Great Britain, India, Italy, Mexico, Monaco, Monte Carlo, New Zealand, Oman, Singapore, and USA.

SELECTED ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Strategic and Operational

  • Facilitated operational policies for the College of Science and Health involving appropriate faculty governance.
  • Facilitated faculty research and instructional space.
  • Working with facilities on logistics of the rehabilitation for several other renovations projects.

Academic Programs, Curricular Development, and Enrollment management

  • Facilitated implementation of a new track in Actuarial Sciences in the department of mathematics.
  • Facilitated implementation of curricular changes in Biology.
  • Facilitated implementation of the M.S. in Materials Chemistry.
  • Facilitated curricular changes for Computer Science Majors.
  • Initiated and facilitated MOU for establishing/re-establishing clinical sites for the departments of Nursing, Communication Disorders, Public Health and Kinesiology.
  • Direct report and oversee the Science Enrichment Center that has successfully tutored more than 8,000 hrs.
  • Initiated a number of process improvements in the Graduate / Continuing Education, Institutional Research, and Office of Sponsored Programs.
  • Improved NCLEX pass rate to 98.15%

 

Faculty/Staff organization and development

  • Hired faculty: four Nursing, one Communication Disorders, one Kinesiology and one in Molecular Biology in the College of Science and Health. 
  • Identified consistent resources for faculty development through foundation monies.
  • Increased faculty/staff feedback and morale and work environment by initiating regular informal communications like weekly “coffee hour chats”. 
  • Facilitated support staff professional development workshops. 

Fundraising and External Relations

  • Initiated several community partnerships for student and faculty internship / collaborations.  Networking together with other offices like the College Advancement, we were able to forge successful partnerships with local/regional businesses.
  • Fundraising in progress in collaboration with College Advancement for student scholarships and faculty development.

Grants & Contracts

  • Facilitated external funding grant applications to a tune of $10,741,815 from the College of Science and Health to several national and local funding agencies, of which $974,008 was funded in grants.
  • Facilitated external contracts of approximately million dollars.

STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK (SUNY) ONEONTA, NEW YORK 13820

Founding Dean, Natural and Mathematical Sciences, July 2013 – July 2017

Professor, Tenured, Department of Biology

 

SELECTED ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Strategic and Operational

  • Facilitated operational policies for the School of Natural and Mathematical Sciences involving appropriate faculty governance.
  • Facilitated faculty research and instructional space in Biology, Earth and Atmospheric science, and Math, Statistics and Computer Science departments.
  • Facilitated several new faculty offices.   
  • Working with facilities on logistics of the rehabilitation for Science II Building and several other renovations projects.
  • Facilitated installation of a Shed for Field Biology and Earth and Atmospheric Sciences for outdoor equipment and storage adjacent to Science Building.
  • Implemented and captured for the first time “Lab expendables” monies in SUNY Oneonta.
  • Arranged funding to improve Planetarium and Observatory facilities.
  • Facilitated funding for scientific equipment(s) like NMR, Scanning Electron Microscope, Microscopes for Biology Labs, etc.
  • Streamlined workload obligations for the entire school to comply with college policy of the teaching obligation of 21 credit hours (7 courses) per academic year.
  • Facilitated streamlining of departmental by-laws for consistency between departments.
  • Working on improving several college-wide policies, like minimum class size requirements, efficient ways to capture overheads from grants and contracts, establishment of centers, improved methods for budgeting and accountability, “new presence” on website, Chair handbook and chair compensations, etc.
  • Established Dean’s foundation accounts in collaboration with college advancement.
  • Oversee and Appoint Members to the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.
  • LEAD advisory Council of student affairs.
  • Library Renovation Steering Committee.
  • Strategic Enrollment Planning Steering Committee.
  • International Admissions and Recruitment Sub Group.
  • Facilities Master Plan Steering Committee.
  • Co-Chair of the Academic Master Plan on Experiential learning.
  • Led T&P Taskforce to establish clear policies towards tenure, promotion, and retention.
  • Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Summer Planning group (2016)

 

Academic Programs, Curricular Development, and Enrollment management

  • Facilitated implementation of a new major in Biochemistry that was approved by SUNY Administration and New York State Education Department (SED).
  • Facilitated implementation of curricular changes in Biology with two distinct tracks approved by SUNY Administration and New York SED.
  • Facilitated curricular changes in Earth Science and Meteorology Majors.
  • Facilitated curricular changes for Computer Science Majors.
  • Streamlined the admissions process into our Graduate M.S. Lake Management Program.
  • Initiated and facilitated conversion of the M.S. in Lake Management into a PSM Program.
  • Initiated and facilitated MOU for re-establishing the 3+2 engineering with Binghamton University and other partner universities.
  • Initiated and facilitated policies for student advising in Health Science Advisory Programs.
  • Initiated and facilitated MOUs with SAGE, Albany:  OT/PT Programs.
  • Initiated a number of process improvements in the Graduate / Continuing Education, Institutional Research, and International offices.
  • Implemented new chapter of Alpha-Epsilon-Delta (AED), Pre-medical honor society, April 2016.

 

Faculty/Staff organization and development

  • Hired 34 faculty/Staff in the School of Natural and Mathematical Sciences. 
  • Hiring Manager for Music (Piano) search in the School of Arts and Humanities.
  • Identified consistent resources for faculty development through foundation monies.
  • Increased faculty/staff feedback and morale and work environment by initiating regular informal communications like weekly “coffee hour chats”. 
  • Facilitated support staff professional development workshops.