Instruction

Office of Vice President for Instruction

Charles Abasa-Nyarko is the VP for Instruction at COCC

The Office of VP for Instruction is located in: Metolius Hall, Room 202, COCC Bend Campus.

Welcome!
On behalf of faculty and staff dedicated to quality instruction, the instructional leadership team would like to welcome you to Central Oregon Community College. I am certain you will be impressed by the high caliber of instruction that you will receive at COCC both in noncredit and credit course offerings and programs.

Teaching and learning is a dynamic and collaborative process. Open communication, hard work, and engagement with peers, faculty, library and tutoring services will assist in your success. We wish you the very best in your lifelong learning and academic pursuits.

Charles Abasa-Nyarko



Charles Abasa-Nyarko
Vice President for Instruction
Phone: 541-383-7205
Email:  cabasanyarko@cocc.edu


Dr. Charles Abasa-Nyarko has over twenty-five years of progressive professional academic and leadership experience in higher education with twelve of those years in the community college environment. His academic background includes a doctoral degree in international studies from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC in 1988, a master’s degree in political science from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah in 1984, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from University of Ghana in 1979. As a part of my preparation for expanding leadership positions, I was selected to participate in the Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) sponsored by the LEAGUE for Innovation in the Community College (2003), The Thomas Larkin Institute for Mentored leadership (2001), and ACE Institute for New Chief Academic Officers (2005). Since his doctorate, his career has spanned many aspects of higher education: teaching, consulting and administration.

Currently, he serves as the vice president for instruction (VPI) at Central Oregon Community College in Bend, Oregon. Before COCC, he was the executive planner and project manager at Baltimore City Community College in Maryland. Most recently, he worked as a consultant in Ghana. Before moving abroad, he served as vice president of academic affairs at Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) in Boston, Massachusetts.  Prior to coming to BHCC, he worked at Gloucester County College in New Jersey as vice president for academic and student services and later as vice president for academic services.  Also, he spent three years as dean of arts and sciences (co-chief academic officer) at Muskegon Community College in Muskegon, Michigan and more than two years at South Suburban College in Illinois as associate dean of English, library, social and behavioral sciences. Dr. Abasa-Nyarko also had professional association with Norfolk State University in Virginia as director of the center for the prevention of crime illiteracy and poverty.

Before he became an administrator, he taught for eight years at Livingstone College in North Carolina as an assistant professor from 1988-93 and at Elizabeth City State University also in North Carolina as an associate professor. He really had an opportunity to get into the classroom, to teach core courses and to gain an understanding of what it means to have a heavy course load. During that time, he discovered his enjoyment of organizing, serving and administrating, which naturally led to his desire to become the VPI at COCC. I am motivated by the desire to help faculty, students and staff teach and learn.

His several years of work in higher education have given him opportunities to develop leadership skills in several areas including: teaching and learning; strategic planning and thinking; accreditation; assessment of student learning; student services; recruitment and retention (for faculty and students); working in a unionized college environment; serving a diverse student population; working in a multi-campus system; international education, budgeting and financial management; alumni relations; and governmental relations.


Instructional Deans

 

 

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Michael Fisher
Instructional Dean
Phone: 541-383-7755
Email: mfisher@cocc.edu


Chad Harris
Instructional Dean
Phone: 541-383-7283
Email: charris7@cocc.edu

Jenni Newby - Instructional Dean



Jenni Newby
Instructional Dean
Phone: 541-383-7562
Email: jlnewby@cocc.edu

Shirley Metcalf



Shirley Metcalf
Extended Learning Dean
Phone: 541-504-2902
Email:  smetcalf@cocc.edu


Stephen Newcombe

For more information please contact:

Stephen Newcombe: snewcombe@cocc.edu  
Phone: 541-383-7205

 

 

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