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Posted on December 3, 2014

Portrait of Dr. Caryl Sheffield. The New Pittsburgh Courier has selected Dr. Caryl Sheffield, associate provost and associate vice president for Academic Affairs, to receive a 2014 Women of Excellence award.

Sheffield was selected for her leadership at Cal U, as well as for her roles as “a businesswoman, mother, wife, philanthropist, daughter, entrepreneur and African-American woman.”

She is the third honoree from the University, joining Geraldine M. Jones, interim University President, and Dr. Lisa McBride, former director of the Office of Social Equity.

Sheffield will be recognized Dec. 11 at an awards ceremony in Pittsburgh.

About Dr. Caryl Sheffield

Caryl J. Sheffield, Ed.D., is an associate provost/associate vice president in the Office of Academic Affairs. A professor at California University since 1991, she was chair of the Department of Early, Middle and Special Education from 2002-2012.

Sheffield is active with the Frederick Douglass Institute at Cal U and with the President’s Commission for the Status of Women, among other professional activities.

The Frederick Douglass Institute recently honored her by establishing the Dr. Caryl Sheffield Faculty Excellence Award, to be presented to faculty who exemplify excellence in teaching and mentoring.

In 2000, she received a Fulbright Scholar Award and spent six months at the University of the West Indies Institute of Education in Kingston, Jamaica. 

Among her other accomplishments:

  • Summer faculty researcher at the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida. 
  • Visiting professor and minority fellow in the Department of Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.
  • Visiting professor and summer minority scholar in the Instructional Systems Program at Penn State University.
  • Author of education and technology articles in publications including the Journal of Technology and Education, Journal of the Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education, Computers in Schools, Educational Technology, and International Journal of Instructional Media.
  • Founding member of the Edna McKenzie Branch (Pittsburgh, Pa.) of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.
  • Active member of the Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education and chair of the Western Region Service Learning Project Committee.

Sheffield earned her bachelor’s degree in special education at California University of Pennsylvania. She earned an M.Ed. in Educational Psychology and Guidance from Slippery Rock University and a doctorate of education in instructional design and technology from the University of Pittsburgh.

She holds Pennsylvania teaching certification in mentally handicapped education, elementary school counseling and elementary education. Sheffield began her career as a special education teacher in the Pittsburgh Public Schools.