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Joan Develin Coley, Ph.D. Vitae

Prior Experience

Higher Education Administration

President, Notre Dame of Maryland University (August 2013 to present). Elected Eighth President of McDaniel College, October 20, 2000; McDaniel College - 1999-2000:  Named Interim President following resignation of WMC's former president, effective April 2000; named Acting President December 1999 during sabbatical leave of former president; 1994 to present:  Provost and Dean of the Faculty; 1992-93, Dean of Graduate Affairs; Director of Admissions and Financial Aid; 1973-74, Director of Graduate Reading Program; 1986-92, Education Department Chair.


McDaniel College - 1973 to present, Assistant to Full Professor; prior teaching assignments at the University of Maryland, Hood College, and Prince George's County.


Albright College A.B English, Honors
University of Maryland M.Ed. Secondary Education, Reading
University of Maryland Ph.D. Elementary Education, Reading

Honors & Awards 

Valued Hours Award, 2004 (given by Fullwood Foundation, Inc.) -- Selected as one of Maryland's Top 100 Women by The Daily Record for 2000, 2002, and 2004 (included in Circle of Excellence)  -- Leadership Maryland, Class of 2002 -- Recipient of University of Maryland College of Education Outstanding Leader in Education Award, 2001 --  Outstanding Graduate Award, Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, 1991 -- Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading at the Higher Education Level, 1989 (given by Maryland IRA) -- Outstanding Educator in Reading (Carroll County), 1982 (given by Maryland IRA) -- Outstanding Young Women of America, 1975 and 1976 editions -- Distinguished Alumna, University of Maryland; Distinguished Alumna, Albright College; 1995 -- Phi Delta Sigma Honorary Sorority -- Who’s Who in American Colleges & Universities -- Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society -- International Dictionary of Biography, 1978, 1979 -- Who’s Who of American Women, 1979 -- Who’s Who in American Education -- Scholarly Journal Award - WMC - 1980,1982,1984, 1987, 1989 -- Book Award, WMC - 1977, 1980 -- Faculty Creativity Award, 1985.

Professional Activities

Member, Network 2000, 7/2003-current -- Member, Women's Initiative, Alexis de Tocqueville Society, United Way of Central Maryland, 4/2003-current -- Board of Directors, The Leadership, Baltimore, 2002-current -- Member, Greater Baltimore Committee President's Advisory Committee, 2002-current -- Member, Greater Baltimore Committee Education Committee, 2002-current --Board of Directors, BB&T Carroll County Advisory Board, 2002-current -- Member, BB&T Carroll County Advisory Board, 2002-current -- National Urban Alliance for Effective Schools - Consultant, 1992-98 (on-site project with Prince George's County Schools, 1992-94) -- State of Maryland International Reading Association - Editorial Advisory Board 1982-85; Journal Editor, 1985-88 -- College Reading Association - Member, Board of Directors, 1980-83; Editorial Advisory Board, 1977-81 -- Maryland Higher Education Reading Association - President, 1975-76. 

Civic Activities

Target Community & Educational Services, Inc. - Member, Board of Directors, 1993-present (non-profit organization which provides community living, vocational and recreational services to adults with disabilities in Maryland); Carroll County Chamber of Commerce - Member, Board of Directors, 1999-current; Member, Task Force on Improvement of Carroll County Schools/sub-committee on Student Academic Achievement, 1990. 

Higher Education Activities

Vice Chair, I-Fund Campaign 2005 -- Middle States Commission on Higher Education - Team Chair, Reaccreditation of Allegheny College, 2003/2004; Independent College Fund of Maryland (ICFM) - Member, Executive Committee, one-year term, beginning 7/1/03; Maryland Independent Colleges and Universities Association (MICUA) - Vice Chair, two-year term, beginning 7/1/03; Maryland Independent Colleges and Universities Association (MICUA) - Member on various committees, 1993-present; Middle States Commission on Higher Education - Site Evaluator on Reaccreditation Teams; Council for Independent Colleges - Invited speaker and panelist, professional development sessions for Academic Deans. 

Selected Professional Papers Delivered, And Presentations Given

Author of close to 100 papers (1973-present) presented at professional meetings and staff development sessions; National Conference of American Newspaper Publishers Association; Maryland Reading Institute; regional meetings of National Association of Literacy Advancement; national meetings of College Reading Association; national meetings of International Reading Association; regional IRA meetings in Baltimore, Boston, Martinsburg(WV), and Philadelphia; Eastern Regional meeting for American Association of the Educators of the Deaf; and Maryland State Department of Education statewide meetings. 

Reading consultant for numerous school systems and individual schools in Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore (including Archdiocese of Baltimore), Caroline, Carroll, Charles, Dorchester, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George's Counties.  Out-of-state consulting in Florida, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia, and Guam, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

National Educational Trainer for federally-funded "Right to Read" project; led workshops for teachers in thirteen states.

Research, Funded Projects

National Reading Research Center - Research on text factors which affect reading comprehension, 1990-95; National Assessment Study Group - Research in comprehension assessment, 1990-93; Margaret Alexander Edwards Grant - Cooperative workshop for reading and library media specialists, 1993; Maryland State Department of Education - two videotapes on "Reciprocal Teaching," 1980-91; National Science Foundation - Reading Consultant, "Science Connection Series" published by Silver Burdett & Ginn, 1989-90.