Shawnda Navarro Floyd, Vice President of Academic Affairs
North Lake College, Irving, TX
Shawnda Navarro Floyd has served as Executive Dean Liberal Arts North Lake College since April 2014. In her short tenure there she has emerged as an up and coming leader, playing a primary role in collaborative initiatives with Student Services and Instruction. Her work in this area has received recognition from Achieving the Dream (ATD) coaches and has paved the way for new, combined efforts and partnerships, including Game Changers, a Lumina Foundation joint venture in co-requisite course remediation and Guided Pathways to Student Success. In 2015, she assumed supervision of Dual Credit with the goal of fully integrating student services and instruction through this expanding academic program.
Prior to becoming Executive Dean at North Lake College, Shawnda spent eleven years at Brookdale Community College. At Brookdale, Shawnda worked her way from Adjunct Instructor English to the rank of Associate Professor English. As a faculty member, she was a champion for online learning and adjunct instructors. The recipient of a Brookdale Innovation Grant, she was the co-creator of an online repository for adjunct instructors that bridged the gap between full-time and part-time faculty, and created a seamless learning experience for students.
In addition to being a valued faculty member known for her ability to foster collaboration, gain community support, and generate positive morale in her colleagues, Shawnda held the quasi administrative position of Course Coordinator and also served as Department Chair English. One of her greatest accomplishments as Department Chair was being a driving force behind the implementation of the Accelerated Writing Program (ALP) at Brookdale.
Shawnda enjoyed the public and private practice of law for eight years before transitioning to higher education. Her law practice included service as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey and private practice as a solo practitioner. The skills honed from her legal experience are most evident in her public speaking and her ability to diagnose and process auditory information quickly.
Known for being practical, compassionate, driven, and collegial, Shawnda's leadership style is characterized by her humanity. She is a servant leader with boundless energy that is infectious. Shawnda gives her best sincerely, and only desires the best for others.
She graduated with Baccalaureate Honors from Rider University with a B.A. in English. In 1997 she obtained her J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law and also holds an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix (2006). Most recently she earned her Ed.D. in Higher Education with a Community College emphasis from Rowan University.
Shawnda now serves as Vice President of Academic Affairs for North Lake College, a transfer and associate degree granting institution that serves approximately 12,000 students annually.