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Office of the Provost - Tara E. Kent, Ph.D

Dr. Tara Kent serves as the Provost at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania.  With over a decade of experience as an executive in higher education, she specializes in academic innovation and student success. Her work seeks to further strengthen and ensure the academic quality and intellectual vibrancy of the university learning environment. With experience in planning and assessment, she has successfully designed and implemented programs that support campus-wide scholarly activity.  Specifically, as the Dean of the Keystone Honors Academy at Cheyney University, she advanced a program that is recognized for its strong program outcomes, and for its retention and graduation rates. The program utilizes an integrated student retention model which is consistent with national models for student success. In this approach, scholarly activity, service, professional development and international education are incorporated into the academic program, contributing quantifiable value to the educational quality and outcomes for the entire institution. She attributes this success to the utilization of a model which closely ties planning to empirical research, assessment and institutional renewal. 

Dr. Kent earned the doctoral degree at Purdue University in the area of sociology with a concentration in social inequalities at the intersection of race, class and gender.  She has dedicated her career to evaluating how social structures perpetuate inequality, understanding the needs of traditionally underserved populations, and to seeking interventions.  While on faculty at Washington College, the University of Delaware and Purdue University, she taught a breadth of courses in the social sciences.  She maintains an active research agenda, and presents her work to audiences in the academy, and in professional and service organizations.  A published author, her work appeared in Gender Violence, an edited anthology that was widely used as a text for college courses.

In her current role, she provides strategic vision for the academic affairs division and is responsible for working with the faculty to support new program development, curricular innovation, manage the program review process and to facilitate external partnerships.  During her tenure as Associate Provost and Dean, she has collaborated in the development of an honors curriculum, and established several articulation agreements. Using her experiences in the Keystone Honors Academy, Dr. Kent developed a student retention model that is applicable to minority student populations in varied university settings.

With experience authoring grants and managing restricted funds, Dr. Kent is experienced in resource development and budget management. As a grant administrator and P.I., she works with multiple granting agencies, corporations, foundations and private donors. She has successfully authored grant applications and has procured more than 14 million dollars. She works regularly with faculty and staff to pursue external funding opportunities, and continues to generate revenue for the university, even during a time of economic hardship.

Serving within the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, she is experienced working with varied collective bargaining units. She works collaboratively with faculty and staff across the institution on matters related to enrollment management, registration, scheduling, budget development and management, personnel management, student success and retention, and implementing effectively the policies, procedures, and guidelines of the college and university.

Phone:  610-399-2656
Fax:  610-399-2388 

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