Juanita Cole, Ph.D.

Deputy Provost (Acting)

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Dr. Juanita Cole is acting Deputy Provost for the Office of Academic Affairs at National Defense University (NDU). She serves as the principal educational advocate and senior advisor to Provost on academic governance, teaching and learning, research, accreditation, and faculty management. Dr. Cole interacts with top-level administrators of the University and acts as the senior executive in the absence of the Provost. She directs and monitors budget issues for the academic enterprise and coordinates the development of innovative programs.

In the College of Information and Cyberspace at NDU, Dr. Cole serves as Associate Dean with responsibility for long-range/strategic planning and data analysis. She directs the academic program assessment and review processes, and ensures stakeholder requirements and Congressional mandates are met. She oversees accreditation efforts for the college; and worked in collaboration with department chairs and faculty to leverage best practices in adult learning for curriculum design and instruction.

Prior to joining NDU, Dr. Cole was tenured professor of psychology and held senior administrative and academic appointments at several private and public universities. She is an affiliated research scholar in the Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition (LCHC) at the University of California, San Diego where her research explores best practices for student success. Her contributions to research on culture, cognition and child development have been sponsored by the American Educational Research Association, National Science Foundation, and National Institutes for Health.

Dr. Cole was recently selected as an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow for the class of 2019-2020. Her host institution was the University of Maryland, College Park; where she shadowed President Wallace Loh and his senior leadership team.

With the challenges facing higher education today, Cole’s university leadership interests concentrate on academic quality and career readiness. She is a champion of innovation— leveraging her research expertise to create an accessible educational experience for all individuals, and assisting students to become global leaders of the 21st century.

Dr. Cole earned a BA from San Diego State University, MA from Pepperdine University, and a Ph.D. from Howard University in psychology.