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Sharrika D. Adams

Sharrika D. Adams, Assistant Professor of Practice

Sharrika D. Adams, Assistant Professor of Practice
Sharrika D. Adams, Assistant Professor of Practice

School of Education
1750 Kraft Drive
Room 2042 (0302)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-5872 |

Dr. Sharrika D. Adams teaches and advises students and provides administrative leadership to the master’s program and to the recruitment and admissions processes, among other duties. Dr. Adams has over 15 years of progressive administrative experience in higher education and student affairs. Her most recent administrative roles was as Title IX Investigator in Virginia Tech’s office of Equity and Accessibility. Previously, she served for nine years in the Dean of Students Office at Virginia Tech, ultimately serving as the Senior Associate Dean of Students.

Dr. Adams's research interests center on case management and crisis management in higher education. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice and the NASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education. She serves on the editorial board for the Journal of College Student Development and served as president of the board of directors for the Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley. She holds memberships in ACPA, NASPA and HECMA (Higher Education Case Managers Association). Dr. Adams earned her Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (Higher Education program) with a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies. She earned both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degrees from Wake Forest University (North Carolina). 

  • Crisis management in higher education/student affairs
  • Case management in higher education/student affairs    
  • PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Virginia Tech
  • Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS), Wake Forest University
  • BA in English, Wake Forest University 
  • Title IX Investigator & Campus sexual violence prevention specialist (04/2017 – 08/2019)    
  • Sr. Associate Dean of Students (2016 – 2017)
  • Associate Dean of Students & Director, Student Advocacy (2014 – 2016)
  • Associate Dean of Students (2008-2013)
  • Interim Associate Dean (2007-2008)
  • Interim Director of Multicultural Programs & Services (08/2013 – 07/2014)
  • Program Coordinator (graduate assistantship/doctoral internship)       
  • Recruitment & Admissions Coordinator (graduate assistantship) 08/2003 – 05/2006
  • Area Coordinator – (06/2000 – 07/2003)               
  • Residence Director - (07/1998 – 06/2000)              
  • Don G. Creamer Alumni Award (Higher Education Program) - 2019
  • Favorite Faculty nominee, Housing & Residence Life - 2013
  • Virginia Tech Advancing Women Award, Individual recipient - 2008
  • Lynne M. Sponagule-Crosby outstanding professional contribution award - 1999 – 2000


Journal Articles

Adams, S., Hazelwood, S., Hayden, B. (2014). Student affairs case management: Merging           social work theory with student affairs practice. Journal of Student Affairs Research            and Practice, 51(4), 446-458. doi:10.1515/jsarp-2014-0044.

Davis, S., Amelink, C., Hirt, J. & Miyazaki, Y. (2012). Women’s educational opportunities:          Factors that influence their graduate school aspirations. NASPA Journal about     Women in Higher Education, 5(2), 141 – 165. doi: 10.1515/njawhe – 2012 – 1111.

Book Chapters

  • Invited co-presenter/keynote. Building community and managing cases in higher education. Supporting students: Proactive and preventative strategies for promoting health and well-being. (2018, July). Louisiana Technical Community College Drive-In Conference., Baton Rouge, LA.
  • Smith, P., Adams, S., Clubb, D. & Brown, T. (2017, January). Inclusive advocacy for students – Panelist Advancing Diversity at Virginia Tech. Blacksburg, VA.
  • Adams, S. & Weyrens-Kuhn, M. (2013, June). Student affairs and social work: Merging work and impacting lives. Higher Education Case Managers Association (HECMA). Los Angeles, CA.
  • Invited Panelist. (2011, March). Challenges in Communicating Cross Campus Regarding Sexual Assault – The National Forum on College Sexual Assault. Hampton, VA.
  • Davis, S. (2010, March). Help from our friends: Case management and student affairs- featured conference presentation. National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). Chicago, IL.
  • McKinney, B. & Davis, S. (2001, March). Creating a technicolor campus: Perspectives on teaching diversity to student leaders. National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). Seattle, WA.
  • EDHE 5105: Assessment in Higher Education I
  • EDHE 5304: Introduction to Student Affairs
  • ELPS 6054: College and university administration (module instructor) – Student affairs, power            and the institution
  • ELPS 6054: College and university administration (module instructor) – Crisis management
  • ELPS 6094, Educational Administration Processes and Skills (module instructor)
  • LDRS 1015, Exploring Citizen Leadership
  • EDHL 2984, Introduction to Residence Education
  • ACPA Summit for Black Student Affairs Professionals (03-02-2021 – Present)
  • GA/Higher Ed About the Program conversation (10-08-2021 – Present)
  • Univ. Maryland doctoral mentoring (09-13-2021 - 12-03-2021)
  • Graduate Scholar Program development (10-15-2021 - Present)
  • Higher Education Information Session (11-10-2021 - Present); Description: Presentation/recruitment for 2022 cohort (MA & PhD)
  • Student Affairs Virtual Grad School Fair (11-13-2021 - Present); Description: Virtual admissions event for Higher Ed & Student Affairs programs (national)

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