Sharlene Voogd Cochrane grew up in the mid-west, and has lived in Boston, Massachusetts since college. She taught English in middle schools, started an alternative high school for troubled teens, and began her teaching at Lesley University in a program for adults who were coming back to school for their bachelor’s degree. She holds a PhD in American History and an MA in American Studies, and her current research and writing focus is social/cultural history, especially the intersections of gender, race, class and religion.
She has taught graduate history and interdisciplinary courses at Lesley for over twenty years, and recently served as Dean of Faculty, responsible for faculty professional development offerings across the University. For the past three years, Sharlene has co-facilitated a university-wide faculty project, the Cultural Literacy Curriculum Initiative.
Sharlene has been a Center for Courage & Renewal® facilitator since 2001. She has been active in the New England Center for Courage & Renewal and the national CCR diversity working group, has facilitated retreats for teachers, clergy, and school leaders, and served as a mentor for several of the Center’s facilitators. She recently published “Courage in the Academy: Sustaining the Heart of College and University Faculty” in the Journal of Faculty Development.