Center for Professional Development

Welcome to the Center for Professional Development

Mission Statement

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The Center for Professional Development seeks to promote student success by nurturing the professional growth of faculty and staff. We provide recognition and support of learner-centered teaching in the classroom and leadership development at all levels of the college. Through internal and external partnerships, we provide a space for intellectual exchange about teaching, learning, leadership, and innovation.

The Center for Professional Development (CPD) at Northern Essex Community College is committed to offering opportunities to develop faculty and staff with the ultimate goal of student success. CPD enhances the professional well-being of faculty and staff through generous, professional development funding, workshops for departments to learn and work together more effectively and individual coaching. Our partnership with Merrimack College offers staff the opportunity to earn a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Leadership or Community Engagement. Our NECC Leadership Academy grows leaders from within the college, demonstrating leadership at all levels, for faculty and staff.

CPD connects faculty and staff to create a sense of belonging.  Our Teaching and Learning Faculty Fellow for full-time faculty and one for part-time faculty, offer consultation, coaching, and workshops to enhance the teaching of our faculty.              


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Dean of Academic Innovations and Professional Development

Kimberly Burns, Ed.D.
Phone:  978-556-3969
Room:  C206 

Kim Burns is the Dean of Academic Innovations and Professional Development. Her passion for learning began at age 3 when she asked her mother if she could go to writing school. Working in higher education is a legitimate way for Kim to never leave school. Since joining NECC in 2015, she has led the creation of the first competency-based education program within Massachusetts public higher education and has expanded professional growth opportunities for faculty and staff. Kim is a proud product of public education. She earned a BA in psychology at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, an MA in Community Social Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration at the University of Massachusetts Boston.


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Director of Professional Development

Sharon McManus, M.Ed.
Phone:  978-556-3960
Room:  C206

Sharon McManus is the Director of Professional Development and enjoys helping faculty and staff grow and develop as professionals in higher education.  With over 15 years of experience in higher education, her favorite role is as a coach, focusing on strengths so that faculty and staff can be their best selves, ultimately benefiting the students of Northern Essex Community College.  Originally from Lawrence, Sharon lives in Danvers.  Sharon enjoys kayaking, reading and spending time by the ocean.  She earned a BA from the University of New Hampshire, Durham in Sociology and Spanish, and her M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership from Merrimack College in May 2017.