The College of Arts & Sciences Staff
Sita Ramamurti, Ph.D., Dean
Dr. Sita Ramamurti joined Trinity in 1997 and has held a faculty position in the Mathematics Program since then. She rose to the rank of Full Professor in 2012. She was appointed as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences on June 1, 2017. Dr. Ramamurti received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from India. She came to the US in 1989 and earned her doctoral degree in mathematics in 1995 from George Washington University.
With more than 25 years of professional experience in higher education, Dr. Ramamurti has been an active member of the Trinity community, both as a teacher and a scholar. Guided by her passion for teaching and a strong belief in active student-centered learning, Dr. Ramamurti pursued excellence in both the scholarship of teaching as well as the scholarship pf research. She led the college algebra reform movement at Trinity in 2003. More recently, in 2014, she successfully led the redesigning of the gateway math courses to reflect the program’s focus on quantitative literacy and quantitative reasoning. As a research scholar, Dr. Ramamurti maintains an active agenda in the disciplinary fields of mathematical modeling and dynamical systems.
Dr. Ramamurti has a strong interest in reform and policy initiatives in K-12 education. She has successfully led professional development workshops to improve teacher preparation and support for math and science teachers in middle and high schools. In 2015, she joined the SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) team at Trinity, which has collaboratively laid the curricular foundation for the intended new major in Environmental Studies.
Prior to becoming the Dean, Dr. Ramamurti served the College of Arts and Sciences and the University in many leadership roles. She chaired the Mathematics Program and the University Curriculum and Academic Policy committee. In 2006, during her tenure as the co-chair of the CAS Curriculum and Academic Policy committee, the Foundation for Leadership General Education curriculum was successfully reformed. Dr. Ramamurti had also served as a member of the Rank and Tenure committee, and the Academic Honesty Review Board.
As Dean, Dr. Ramamurti is responsible for leading the CAS faculty in development, oversight, and assessment of all curricula and programs of the College. She works closely with the Provost and executive administration of the University in the strategic planning for the unit and management of the administrative affairs of the College.
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Hope Witherspoon, M.A.T., Director of Dual Enrollment and Early Programs
Hope Witherspoon joins Trinity as the Director of Dual Enrollment and Early Programs. She received her undergraduate degree in English Literature from Benedict College. She went on to earn a Masters in the Art of Teaching at George Mason University. The graduate program at George Mason University entitled “Initiatives in Educational Transformation” was aligned with Hope’s aim to inspire and disseminate hope in the minds of the students that she taught. As a teacher, she was driven to teach children to change the world. Hope believes that education can and does provide a route of escape for every child facing obstacles that they can’t see their way around and that education is a transformative light. Hope is excited about assisting high school students in DC and the surrounding areas, with accessing robust learning opportunities here at Trinity Washington University.
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Tabatha Cuadra, J.D.- Senior Advisor and Student Success Coordinator
Tabatha Cuadra joined Trinity in 2017 as an undergraduate advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences. Ms. Cuadra graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminology/Criminal Justice. She then went on to earn her Juris Doctor from the Pennsylvania State University – Dickinson School of Law where she concentrated on International, Comparative, and Foreign Law. Ms. Cuadra practiced law for six years at various law firms throughout the DC/MD/VA region, focusing primarily on providing legal services to low income families, unaccompanied minors, and undocumented populations. With a strong belief in equal access to higher education for all students regardless of nationality and immigration status, Ms. Cuadra is committed to working with Dreamers and guiding them through all stages of their college experience to ensure their educational and professional success.
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Alexzandra Earley, M.S.- Academic Advisor
Alexzandra Earley has transitioned from School Counselor to Academic Advisor at Trinity Washington University. Ms. Earley has experience working with students from grades K-12 in a school counseling setting, as well as long-term substitute teaching, and academic advising at a community college. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Social and Behavioral Sciences (Psychology minor), as well as a Master’s of Science in Education in School Counseling, and Post-Master’s coursework in Mental Health Counseling. Ms. Earley is a National Certified Counselor, with goals of pursuing LPC licensure in the future. Ms. Earley is eager and adamant about helping students reach their academic, career, and personal goals. She joined the Trinity Washington University’s team of professional advisors to continue fulfilling the University’s mission and to help women succeed. In her spare time, Ms. Early enjoys cooking, reading, and enjoying great food (especially brunch).
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Marla Cunningham, M.A.- Academic Advisor
Marla Cunningham has transitioned from the classroom to an undergraduate advisor in Trinity’s College of Arts and Sciences. She has a teaching background that includes Montgomery College, reading classes at an alternative high school, and recently as a DC high school teacher. She ran the community service component of the introductory freshman class at the University of Rhode Island when she was an upperclassman there. She pursued teaching in higher education and earned her MA from UMass Amherst in English Literature. While studying she presented at comparative literature conferences and did interdisciplinary work. She is passionate about education and was drawn to advising. Marla wants all students to have access to the supports and services they need to be successful. Ms. Cunningham is thrilled to be at Trinity because of their mission to education and women. During her free time, Marla enjoys spending time at coffee shops, reading, and working with her D.C.-based writing group.
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Kenya Kirkland, M.A.- Academic Advisor
Kenya A. Kirkland transitioned to the College of Arts and Sciences academic advising team after serving as an Enrollment Recruiter for the Office of Admissions here at Trinity Washington University. Ms. Kirkland is a two-time graduate from Georgetown University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master’s of Arts in Liberal Studies. Currently, she is pursuing a Master’s of Arts in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling from Trinity Washington University.
Ms. Kirkland held various positions in higher education, some including the Recruiting Coordinator at Jacksonville University, Director of Basketball Operations at Auburn University, and the Assistant Coach at Georgetown University. All of her professional experiences have allowed her to pursue her passion, which is serving students. Ms. Kirkland is committed to the personal and professional development of students and helping them achieve their goals. She is excited about her new role at Trinity Washington University!
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