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VP for Research and Federal Relations

Loretta A. Moore, Ph.D.

(601)-979-0552 loretta.a.moore@jsums.edu


Dr. Loretta A. Moore serves as Vice President for Research and Federal Relations and Professor of Computer Science at Jackson State University (JSU) located in Jackson, Mississippi.  She previously served as Associate Vice President for Research and Scholarly Engagement with oversight of the Academy for Research and Scholarly Engagement, which is designed to advance the careers of promising young researchers and emerging scholars by ensuring that they establish a compelling research agenda, participate in a community of scholars, and obtain external funding. Dr. Moore is the Principal Investigator on a grant from the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE program, which is aimed at advancing the careers of female faculty in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines as well as the Social and Behavioral Science (SBS) disciplines. The project’s overall purpose is to transform the institution’s climate to promote equal opportunities for the advancement of all faculty.  She also provides oversight for the Center for University Scholars, a program supporting faculty in their academic pursuits. Under her leadership, a year-long New Faculty Orientation Program has been instituted. She recently was awarded the Women in Higher Education Mississippi Network Leadership Award for the State of Mississippi. Prior to being named Associate Vice President for Research and Scholarly Engagement, Dr. Moore served as Interim Associate Dean for the College of Science, Engineering and Technology and as Chair of the Department of Computer Science, a position she held for thirteen years. She has held positions at Auburn University, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Army Research Laboratory, NASA Kennedy Space Center and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. 

Dr. Moore has received funding from agencies including the National Science Foundation, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of Energy – Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Army Research Laboratory, NASA Kennedy Space Center, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA Headquarters, and Jacobs Technology.  Over $10 million dollars have been received from these agencies to support topics such as Cyber Security, Computational Thinking, Intelligent Systems, Visual Analytics, Open Source Software Development, Human Computer Interaction, Computer Science Education and Research Experiences, and Broadening Participation of the Nation’s Workforce.  Dr. Moore has published numerous articles and reports and presented more than 100 presentations on research, education, and strategies for organization change to enhance diversity of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce. Dr. Moore serves as a Commissioner for the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET and previously served as a Program Evaluator.  She is a member of the Board of the Association of Departments of Computing at Minority Institutions; previously served on the U.S. Army Science Board; and currently holds membership in ACM, IEEE, and AAUW organizations.  She is active in the recruitment, retention, and promotion of African-American Computer Scientists and actively supports the professional advancement of both students and faculty across all disciplines. Dr. Moore received her B.S. degree in Computer Science from Jackson State University and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology.