Delores Benn, DNP, RN Dean of Nursing

Delores Benn, DNP, RN
Dean of Nursing

Delores D A Benn graduated from the School of Nursing P.O.S. Trinidad W.I. with a Diploma in nursing in 1988. She migrated in 1990 and subsequently pursued her academic career. She graduated from Bloomfield College, N.J. with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing 1997; received her Masters of Nursing Science, with a minor in Transcultural Nursing and Community Health from Kean University, N.J. 2006; and completed her post graduate education from University of Medicine and Dentistry, N.J. and graduated with her Doctor of Nursing Practice, Administration Track in 2009.

Over the past 22 years Delores worked as Adjunct faculty, full time Assistant and Associate professor at Essex County Community College Newark, Bloomfield College, University of Medicine and Dentistry of N.J. and Rutgers University, NJ. She also worked as an Associate Professor at Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing and Pace University New York. As part of her scholarship, and International academic appointment Dr. Benn created and was appointed Clinical Professor for An International Community Health Nursing clinical in the Dominican Republic. Dr. Benn was also appointed to teach at Mother Patern Polytechnic School of Nursing Graduate Nursing Program in Liberia Africa in Summer 2012.

Dr. Benn also worked as Consultant, Director of Clinical Services and Administrator, Staff Development Manager, Performance Improvement Manager for Essex Valley Visiting Nurse Association, Newark N.J. In addition she was a Part time: Administrator, Evening Supervisor, Educator for East Orange General Hospital, East Orange, NJ. Over a fifteen year period, Dr. Benn also worked at St Luke's Roosevelt Hospital, New York, N.Y as a Registered Nurse: Community Health Nurse; Critical Care - Experience in ICU, CCU, SICU and Step Down units Oncology and Medical Surgical Units.

Dr. Benn has presented nationally and internationally at several conferences addressing global issues affecting minority population. She also published her research on "Assessment of Determinants of Nursing Students' retention and Progression in an Associate Degree Program" in the University of the Philippines Nursing Alumni Association International Nursing Journal (6 (1) August 2010). She has been applauded for the clarity with which she presented her topics. Her work with the local communities and her expertise in healthcare, has earned her several honors and awards like Educator of the Year Award by Concerned Black Nurses of Newark Society NJ 2014, the Lester Z. Lieberman Humanism in Healthcare Award by The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey in 2012. She was a Finalist: Volunteerism and Service award by Nursing Spectrum's excellence awards. In 2012, Women in Leadership and Service Awarded by The New Life Church Inc., East Orange NJ in 2010 and Outstanding Leadership and Community Service Award by Deliverance Christian Fellowship Church INC. in 2007 and 2009.

Sophia Miranda, EdD, MSL
Associate Professor

Dr. Sophia Miranda has been in the field of clinical research for over 15 years and holds a Doctor of Education (Ed.D) in Organizational Leadership, which was earned at Grand Canyon University. She has clinical research experience in the development and facilitation of clinical research education, compliance and operations for a large healthcare system. Dr. Miranda’s experience includes but is not limited to managing a team of clinical research monitors and educators, overseeing and educating research staff on GCP guidelines and FDA regulations as well as the facilitation of onsite audits of clinical research trials, in addition to developing and implementing research guidelines, policies, SOPs and work plans as needed.

In an academic setting, Dr. Miranda’s experience as an Adjunct Faculty member has given her the skill of overseeing and managing students and teaching research courses. Dr. Miranda serves on many academic and non-academic committees; such as the CRO Curriculum Subcommittee for the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and the Graduate Education Steering Committee at Cabarrus College of Health Sciences. Prior to these roles, Dr. Miranda, has held several research positions and has also led leadership trainings for schools and businesses as a certified leadership trainer. She has also served as a panelist for a psychology symposium and has presented at the collegiate level. In addition, Dr. Miranda is currently working on journal publications and recently published an article in the Journal of Scholarly Engagement and in the Journal of Management Development.

She is currently working on others. Dr. Sophia Miranda is originally from New York City; however, she has lived in North Carolina for over a decade and now calls North Carolina her home.