Faculty Profile

Joanne Damminger

Joanne Damminger

Adjunct Program Coordinator, Advanced Programs, College of Education

College of Education and Liberal Arts

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Ed.D., Rowan University

M.A., Rowan University

B.A., Rowan University


Joanne Damminger currently serves as the Adjunct Program Coordinator for Advanced Programs for the College of Education at Wilmington University and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Wilmington’s Doctoral Program in Higher Education Leadership.  Joanne has served as an adjunct at the doctoral and master’s level for almost 25 years (also having taught for Rowan University in New Jersey for 25 years) and enjoys advising and leading students to complete their dissertations and earning terminal degrees. 

Joanne is retired from full-time higher education administration, having retired from a 28-year career in 2018.  Joanne’s past administrative roles have included being an Assistant Director in a merged advising and career planning department and Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs at Rowan University, Dean of Student Affairs and Chief Student Affairs Officer at Salem Community College in New Jersey, and Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at Delaware Technical Community College.  Joanne’s responsibilities included leading areas such as academic advising; career services; veterans and service members’ programs; services for students with disabilities; student activities; athletics; recruitment and admissions; international student services; and new student orientation and other student success programs. She also has had extensive experience with first- and second-year student programming as well as orientation for new students. 

Joanne has been actively involved in NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising since 1997.  She is a consultant for the NACADA Academic Advising Consultants and Speakers Services (AACSS) and serves on the associated Advisory Board, an Excellence in Academic Advising (EAA) Fellow, a past member of the Sustainable Leadership Committee, and a past mentor in the Emerging Leaders Mentoring Program from 2018 to 2020.  She held numerous leadership positions within NACADA including President (2013-2014) and Vice-President.  She served as the co-chair of the NACADA Core Values Review Committee from 2015 to 2017, was a member of the Task Force for Exploration of the Advising Research Center from 2014 to 2015, chair of the Finance Committee from 2008 to 2010, and chair of Member Career Services from 1998 to 2001. 

Dr. Damminger’s publications include chapters in Academic Advising and the First College Year (2017), The New Advisor Guidebook: Mastering the Art of Academic Advising (2015), and the NACADA Advising Administration Monograph (2011).  She also edited the volume and authored a chapter in the Handbook of Career Advising (2009), in addition to other publications related to career and academic advising.