Faculty Profile

Sherry Abernathy, PhD

Adjunct Faculty and Doctoral Faculty Advisor



Dr. Sherry Abernathy, Adjunct Doctoral Faculty, Entrepreneur, Past Higher Education Administrator in STEM, and with over 20 years of experience in higher education administration. She holds a PhD degree in Organization and Management from Capella University. Dr. Abernathy enjoys working with students who have made the decision to become scholars and to dedicate their time to reaching that goal. In addition, she is a certified professional transformation coach and enjoys when her clients work through the barriers of reaching their goals.


Capella University (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Doctor of Philosophy, PhD in Organization and Management
Baker College (Flint, Michigan)
Master of Business Administration, Leadership Studies
Davenport University (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting Data Processing
Davenport University (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
Associate of Science, Accounting

Work Experience

2018 - Present
Franklin University, Adjunct Faculty & Doctoral Faculty Advisor
2018 - Present
Center For Empowered Excellence, LLC, Academic and Empowerment Consultant, Greensboro, North Carolina
1997 - 2011
Oakland University, Assistant Dean/Lecturer, Rochester, Michigan

Publications & Presentations

Abernathy, S. (2016, May. 31). Factors that influence academic advising success: understanding the whole student. 2016 Advising Conference.
Abernathy, S., Sowells, E., Exner, N., Agrawal, R., & Faison, B. (2015, Dec. 31). The recruit-support-connect program: women advancing in technology. ASEE Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington.
Abernathy, S. (2014, Jun. 30). An innovative approach to recruitment and collaboration.
Abernathy, S. (2014, Jun. 30). Maintaining professional credibility.
Abernathy, S., & Draper, s. (2013, Nov. 30). Technology & innovation living learning student community: a pilot study. New Orleans, Louisiana.
Abernathy, S., Williams, E., & Simkins, S. (2012, Dec. 31). Lumina, degree qualifications profile pilot assessment for North Carolina A & T State University. SACS Conference, Dallas, Texas.
Abernathy, S. (2010, Jun. 30). Problem solving for better health.
Abernathy, S. (2009, Oct. 31). Nurse work environment perception of job satisfaction based on management support. 26th Annual International Society of Quality in Health Care Conference, Dublin, Ireland.
Abernathy, S. (2009, Jun. 30). Improving staff morale: implementing process improvement in a nursing school. National Consortium for Continuous Improvement in Higher Education, Boston, Massachusetts.
Abernathy, S. (2008, May. 31). The effects of work environment on health care organizations. International Academy of African Business and Development Conference, Gainesville, Florida.
Abernathy, S. (2006, Jun. 30). Understanding revenue streams. Business Officers of Nursing Schools.
Abernathy, S. (2005, Jun. 30). Organizational restructuring in a down economy. Business Officers of Nursing Schools.
Abernathy, S. (2005, Feb. 28). Skills for the new supervisor. Atlanta, Georgia.
Abernathy, S. (2004, Jun. 30). Implementing technology to integrate faculty, staff, and student information. Business Officers of Nursing Schools.
Abernathy, S. (2003, Jun. 30). Helping your faculty and staff survive budget reductions. Business Officers of Nursing Schools.

Professional Service

Committee Chair
Chair of College of Science and Technology Student Success Committee
Committee Member
Transfer Student Improvement Committee
Committee Member
University Student Dismissal Appeals Committee
Committee Chair
Assistant Provost for Student Success and Academic Support
Committee Member
Associate Vice Chancellor for University Relations
Search Committee for the Chair of the Computer Systems Technology Department
Text in the Community
Committee Member
Accreditation Committee