Jane  Fernandes

Jane Fernandes - Freelancer

Veteran North Carolina Educational Administrator

  • Location Asheville, United States
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Since 2008, Jane K. Fernandes has held responsibilities at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Asheville as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. Her position involves administrative oversight of 70 academic majors and concentrations, as well as university support programs, institutional research, and technology services. Jane K. Fernandes also manages faculty hiring and the evaluation and professional development of faculty members. During the past five years, she has consistently achieved increased enrollment and retention of diverse students who fully meet university academic standards.

Ms. Fernandes was born deaf and raised to speak English in the oral deaf education tradition. With a public education background, she is a balanced bilingual, fluent in the language of hearing people and American Sign Language. She received her BA in French and Comparative Literature at Trinity College in Connecticut, where she also studied Italian. She earned the Underwood Memorial Poetry Prize twice and the Comparative Literature Book Prize for her senior thesis. She went on to earn a PhD in Comparative Literature with American Sign Language fluency at the University of Iowa. Prior to joining UNC Asheville, Jane K. Fernandes served as provost of Gallaudet University, a federally chartered Washington, D.C., school for deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind students..

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