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. 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. Robert Blaine is a professor of music and served as Interim Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, has been appointed Special Assistant to the provost for Cyberlearning.
Dr. Priscilla Slade is a member of the faculty in the College of Business in addition to providing oversight to the International Programs Office and Community College Relations offices. She provides the leadership and vision for the development of creative programming with community colleges in addition to all aspects of international programs – Education Abroad, English as a Second Language Institute, International Student and Scholar Services, Faculty-led Education Abroad, International recruitment and International Visitor’s Center Jackson. Dr. Slade has experienced university leadership at multiple levels: Department Chair – Department of Accounting, Dean – College of Business, and University president.