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
Special Assistant to the Provost
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. Debra Buchanan
Executive Director for Distance Learning
Debra A. Buchanan leads the University’s Center for Distance Learning and Instructional Technology. Her immediate past leadership positions at JSU were of the Richard Wright Center for the Written Word and the Center for Assessment of Academic and Student Service Programs. Buchanan has more than 30 years of higher education experience in various leadership roles, including advisor to student government associations at three institutions, instructor at a technical institution and major universities, a program developer and manager, proposal writer, recruiter, bursar, accountant, housing director, associate dean of students, assistant to the vice president for student life, and vice provost for student life. She also has experiences establishing collaborations and associations with various internal and external constituencies such as university presidents, boards of governors, politicians, university alumni, executives of federal agencies, representatives of accrediting bodies, small business owners, and vice presidents of major for profit and nonprofit corporations.
Dr. Priscilla Slade
Special Assistant to Provost for Community Colleges