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About: Dr. Soman earned her Ph.D. in chemistry at Purdue University and joined GVSU in the Chemistry Department in 2000.  Dr. Soman is currently the Dean of College of Education and Community Innovation and has served in a number of leadership roles during her career at Grand Valley State University, including Associate Vice President for Enrollment Development & University Registrar, Director of Financial Aid, Interim Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  

Dr. Soman also has experience with implementation of programs and partnerships between Grand Valley and other institutions including GVSU’s reverse transfer program which involved collaboration with all 28 community colleges in Michigan.  Dr. Soman has extensive expertise in curriculum development, assessment, and strategic planning.

Affiliated with the Literacy Center: Sherril has been affiliated with the Literacy Center since February 2020. 

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