Juanita Cole, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs


Academic Credentials:

B.A. San Diego State University

M.A. Pepperdine University

Ph.D. Howard University

Professional Experience:

Dr. Juanita Cole is Associate Dean of Academics for Learning and Assessment for the College of Information and Cyberspace at National Defense University.  She is principle advisior to the Dean of Faculty and Academic Programs with responsibility for long-range/strategic planning and data analysis to promote an institutional culture of assessment. Dr. Cole directs the academic program assessment and review process across all delivery methods to meet stakeholder requirements and Congressional mandates. She oversees accreditation efforts for the college; and works in collaboration with department chairs and faculty to leverage best practices in adult learning for curriculum design and instruction.

Dr. Cole possesses over 20 years of experience in higher education. Prior to joining NDU, she was tenured professor of psychology and held administrative and academic appointments at the University of California-San Diego; Scripps College, Azusa Pacific University, and Trinity Washington University. Her research interests focus on the relationship between culture and cognitive development in the schooling context. Dr. Cole received numerous awards for teaching and research; and maintains her research affiliation in the Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition at the University of California-San Diego.