Joanne J. Noel is a graduate of Union Institute and University where she earned a Ph. D in Humanities and Culture and certificates in Creative Writing and Women and Gender Studies. Her doctoral work focused on the underpinnings of religion and spirituality as they imbricate with gender, sexuality, and race. In addition to her Ph. D from Union, she has earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from New Brunswick Seminary and Masters’ degrees from Rutgers University and New Brunswick Theological Seminary. She is a dynamic, self-motivated, emotionally, and culturally intelligent, resourceful academic administrator and leader with more than 20 years of experience in teaching literature, theology, and rhetoric and composition. She has been awarded the 2015 and 2018 Excellence in Teaching Award. She is a public speaker and workshop presenter who has published various articles, book chapters, and essays in The ABHE Journal, The Department Chair, These Sisters Can Say It Too, and The Positive Community. As an advocate for women’s empowerment, she has served as a founding member of the group, Winning Women, an academic and skills-development advocacy group for women. She currently serves on the Academic Council and as Chair of the Faculty Symposium Committee. Her life goals involve seeking ways to actively support women and emerging leaders through mentoring, academic, spiritual and life-skills training and partnering with mission organizations to support disadvantaged and disenfranchised children.