Faculty Profile

Wanda Fernandopulle, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty and Doctoral Faculty Advisor



Dr. Wanda Fernandopulle received her doctorate from Nova Southeastern University in Higher Education Leadership doing her dissertation in attrition and retention rates for African American male college students. She received a M.Ed. in Adult Education from The University of South Carolina (Columbia) and a M.Ed. in Instructional Accommodations from Francis Marion University. Her BA is from Francis Marion University in English.

In her profession, Dr. Fernandopulle served as an administrator in the City University of New York (CUNY). She led the restructuring of many campus-wide departments/units. Dr. Fernandopulle was invited to speak in Hawaii about the Black Male Initiative/Male Initiative of New York City. In 2008, Dr. Fernandopulle was nominated and received the AIR Fellow by the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition and the Association of Institutional Research Award. Dr. Fernandopulle has over 25 years of experience in higher education. Since 2005, she has been a published contributing writer for Harvard University/Oxford University Press/W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, where she helps to preserve African American history.

She has taught several graduate level courses in the history and politics of higher education, governance and structure, strategic planning, and dissertation courses to name a few. Dr. Fernandopulle is a Peer Reviewer for The Editorial Review Board, Adhoc Reviewer for the International Journal of Teacher Education and Professional Development, Peer Reviewer for The Journal of Instructional Research, reviewer for The International Journal of Doctoral Studies, and reviewer for The Journal of Narrative Theory. Dr. Fernandopulle serves in the following capacities within Franklin University's Ed.D. Doctoral Program: Dissertation Chair, Dissertation Committee Member, Doctoral Advisor, and faculty. She also serves as a Senior Dissertation Chair for Grand Canyon University (GCU). She is highly experienced in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed method research methodology. In 2021, Dr. Fernandopulle received the Outstanding Chair Award at GCU. Dr. Fernandopulle is a proud member of The National Council of Negro Women (NCNW).

Outside of working with several doctoral students, Dr. Fernandopulle enjoys spending quality time with her daughter who is an African American artist.


Nova Southeastern University (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
Doctor of Education, Higher Education
University of South Carolina (Columbia, South Carolina)
Master of Education, Community & Occupational Programs in Education
Francis Marion University (Florence, South Carolina)
Master of Education, Instr Accommodation


CITI Program Course: Conflicts of Interest, CITI, Expiration Date: 2018
CITI Program Course: IRB Administration, CITI, Expiration Date: 2018
CITI Program Course: Human Research, CITI, Expiration Date: 2021
CITI Program Course: Responsible Conduct of Research, CITI, Expiration Date: 2021

Work Experience

2019 - Present
Franklin University, Dissertation Chair/Doctoral Faculty Advisor
2019 - Present
Franklin University, Adjunct Faculty & Doctoral Faculty Advisor
2014 - Present
Grand Canyon University, Senior Dissertation Chair, N.A, Arizona
2009 - 2011
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Deputy Director, New York, New York
2005 - Present
Harvard University/ Oxford University Press, Contributing Writer, Cambridge, Massachusetts