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Office of the Vice President and Provost - Rockville Campus

Office of the Vice President and Provost

Collegewide ABEESS (Arts, Business, Education, English and Social Science) Unit and Rockville Campus

Biography of Provost Joan M. Naake

Professor Joan M. Naake

Professor Joan M. Naake has been appointed the Interim Vice President and Provost of the Rockville Campus of Montgomery College. She is the chief academic officer for a campus of approximately 16,000 students. At the Rockville campus she provides vision and leadership to promote student success.

Provost Naake has collegewide oversight for the following academic areas and related programs:

Having served as the interim dean of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education (HSSE) from 2011 to 2013 and as chair of the Germantown English Department for three years, Professor Naake has earned and long held the respect of her colleagues at the College. In addition, she was the director of the Renaissance Scholars Honors Program for over seven years, as well as director of the Frank Islam Athenaeum Symposia Humanities Speakers Series for the last five years. Prior to joining Montgomery College, Naake also served as the interim dean of Humanities/Social Sciences in California at Cosumnes River College.

As interim dean of HSSE, Naake’s support for the arts included facilitating initiatives to display the art work of students and visiting artists, sponsoring musical performances, funding the Germantown Campus Student Purchase Awards, and sustaining the integrative Aesthetics of Math project. She supported innovative initiatives in Education and World Languages that directly impacted student learning. Under Naake’s direction, the Athenaeum Symposia have inspired students, faculty, staff, and the greater community by bringing over 50 renowned experts and talented performers to the Campus.

She was awarded the Maryland Professor of the Year Award by the Carnegie Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and has been awarded the Montgomery College Faculty Outstanding Service Award in both 2005 and 2015. During her 23 years at Montgomery College, Professor Naake has taught, both online and face-to-face, the entire range of English courses.

Recognizing the significance of integrative learning, Professor Naake has sustained the interdisciplinary nature of the team-taught dyads in the Renaissance Scholars Honors Program. And dedicated to the importance of providing students with a global perspective, Professor Naake applied for and received a Global Humanities Fellowship from the MC Global Humanities Institute (GHI). She was awarded the Global Humanities Leadership Award in spring 2015.

Professor Naake was the recipient of the Women’s and Gender Studies’ “On Her Shoulders We Stand Award” in 2013, the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award twice, was granted a sabbatical to enrich her understanding of global literature, was recipient of a CIEE International Faculty Development Fellowship to study higher education in Cuba, and was awarded an MC Smithsonian Faculty Fellowship in 2009.

While in California, Professor Naake authored and co-directed three California Community College grants—Critical Thinking, Writing Across the Curriculum, and Classroom Assessment. These grants totaled $169,000. She is a member of the American Association of Colleges and Universities, the Community College Humanities Association, Teaching English in the Two-Year College, and the League for Innovation.

Professor Naake has an MA in English Literature from Boston College, a BA in English from Emmanuel College, and has done graduate work at Oxford University, England; University of California, Davis; American University; The George Washington University; and the University of Maryland.

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