Jackson State University professors Dr. Jacqueline Stevens and Dr. Carolyn Howard were recently accepted to The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Leadership online-blended program, which is part of the Opportunities for UnderRepresented Scholars (OURS) Program.
With funding from the National Science Foundation, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology launched the OURS Program in 2012 to address both the national need to attract more women to the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce and the related need to provide female role models in STEM disciplines for the large percentage of female students on Historically Black College and University campuses.
Both Stevens and Howard are associate professors of biology and part of the JSUAdvance program, which is a leadership development program for women faculty funded by the National Science Foundation.
The one-year post graduate certificate in academic leadership will incorporate applied instruction and practical experiences in such topics as contemporary issues in higher education, financial and budgetary issues affecting HBCUs, institutional advancement and governance, as well as personal attributes that enhance opportunities and success in academic leadership.
Stevens and Howard were also selected as OURS Program Fellows. The fellowship will provide tuition, fees and travel support for the three face-to-face residencies in Washington, D.C. They will also each receive a $3,000 stipend.