Dr. Nicole Edwards Evans
Assistant Provost for Institutional Research & Planning, SACS Regional Accreditation, Institutional Research, Academic Program Assessment and Discipline-Specific Accreditation, Testing, Planning and Assessment
Dr. Nicole Edwards Evans was appointed Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research and Planning, and Effectiveness and Director of SACS Reaffirmation in July 2010 after serving as Director of Institutional Research for four years. Institutional Research, Planning, and Effectiveness (IRPE) is responsible for providing research and analysis in order to provide information to support institutional planning, assessment, policy analysis, decision-making, and to facilitate institutional effectiveness and strategic planning. Dr. Evans’ office oversees initiatives that support major planning efforts; serves as a central repository for college and division strategic plans and assessment plans; provides facilitation and analytical consulting support to units as requested; oversees regional and discipline-specific accreditation; and manages the team of professionals working in Academic Assessment and Discipline-Specific Accreditation, Institutional Research, Testing, and Planning and Assessment.
Dr. Thomas C. Calhoun was appointed Interim Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Jackson State University effective September 26, 2012. Dr. Calhoun is a Professor of Sociology and served as Interim Dean, College of Liberal Arts, at Jackson State University. Dr. Calhoun has held previous positions at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (Professor of Sociology, Department Chair, and Associate Provost for Academic Affairs; University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Professor of Sociology, Director of the Institute for Ethnic Studies and Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs). Dr. Calhoun has published more that 50 peer reviewed articles and book chapters.
Dr. Johnnie Mills-Jones was appointed Assistant Provost for Extended Studies at Jackson State University in July 2012. Dr. Mills-Jones is a tenured Professor of Education and served as Dean of Education for eleven (11) years. She was the founding Dean of the College of Lifelong Learning. Dr. Jones’ responsibilities are divided among the following four areas: (1) Lifelong Learning, (2) Evening and Weekend Studies, (3) Seniors College, and (4) Intersession and Summer School. Her specific responsibilities include overseeing the day-to-day operations of the School of Lifelong Learning; interviewing and collaborating with deans and department chairs on extended programs; assisting with the development and implementation of partnerships with external entities; curriculum and program development; conducting faculty development workshops on adult education; and coordinating grant activities for several funded projects. Seniors College is Jackson State University’s newest emphasis on the largest growing educational market – adult learners. Jackson State University’s Seniors College, offers senior citizens, age 55 and older, the opportunity for life-long learning. This initiative is the first for any Historically Black College or University (HBCU) in the country.