Sharon Dettmer, Ph.D.

Sharon Dettmer

Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dean of the Faculty
Professor, Social Science and International Studies

Ph.D., Social Science, Syracuse University

M.A., Social Science, Syracuse University

B.A., Anthropology

Division: Social & Behavioral Sciences Department: Academic Affairs
Hubbard Hall

Professor Dettmer has taught at Cazenovia College since 1995, and served as Chair of the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences from 2006 - 2013, except for the Fall semester of 2012 when she was the faculty advisor in the Cazenovia College program in Canterbury, England. She has spent considerable time overseas, including living and conducting research in Peru, Bolivia, Nepal, and India. She teaches courses related to international human rights, social stratification, and multiculturalism in the United States. She served as  the faculty advisor to the Human Rights Club. In addition to her doctorate in Social Science, she has graduate certificates in International Development and United Nations Studies.

As of July 2013, Professor Dettmer was promoted to the position of Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty.  She is excited to work more closely with the administration and faculty and staff of Academic Affairs in promoting and strengthening the College. 

  • Faculty Advisor, Canterbury, England, Fall 2012
  • Distinguished Faculty Member, 2009
  • Faculty Mini-grants, 2011 & 2012
  • Marge Pinet Research Fund, 2006
  • Student Leadership Award, 2005
  • Summer Research Grant, 2003
  • Senior Class Advisor, 2001-2002
  • Twentieth Century Fund Awardee, 2001
  • Marge Pinet Fund for Conference Presentations, 2000
  • International Shell Fellowship, 1985
  • Lambda Alpha Society
  • Phi Society
  • “Faculty Assessment and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Knowledge Available and Knowledge Needed” in Teaching Sociology
  • “The benefits and Concerns of Introducing Refugees to Teach Social Science Students about Allocation and Ascription”
  • "Learning About Child Soldiers: First Year Students’ Perspective”
  • "Using Prejudice Reduction Models in Sociology Classes and Between the Academy and the Community”
  • “Health Centers, Mothers’ Clubs, and the Empowerment of Women in Central Peru”
  • Conducted interviews with child labor workers and former slaves in India and Peru and with various personnel from agencies that help street children.
  • Directed various social service programs in Syracuse, NY, including working with at risk families, educationally neglected children, and recent immigrants from Latin America, Africa, Southeast Asia, and Europe.
  • Invited participant in a workshop on the Scholarship of teaching and learning. Represented Cazenovia College (with 3 other faculty) at the Asheville Institute on General Education.
  • American Sociological Association
  • Eastern Sociological Association
  • Southern Poverty Law Center
  • American Anthropological Association