Vice President

Loretta A. Moore, Ph.D.



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 has oversight for sponsored programs, research compliance, technology transfer, grants and contracts, faculty development, and Title III programs. 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. 

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 is the Principal Investigator on a grant funded by 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.  The success of the JSU ADVANCE Project lead Dr. Moore to collaborate with colleagues at five other minority serving institutions to establish a multi-institutional network of STEM women of color.  Dr. Moore is currently the PI of this innovative, NSF funded Partnerships for Learning and Adaptation Network award which allows JSU to support the partner institutions through the process of planning and implementing summer writing retreats that are designed specifically to increase participants scholarly productivity and provide opportunities for strategic collaborations across disciplinary and institutional boundaries.  In addition to her ongoing research and scholarship, Dr. Moore 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. 

Dr. Moore was recently nominated and selected as a 2015 INSIGHT Into Diversity “100 Inspiring Women in Stem “award recipient.  In 2013, She was awarded the Women in Higher Education Mississippi Network Leadership Award for the State of Mississippi.  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.  Awards received from these agencies have supported topics such as Cyber Security, Computational Thinking, Intelligent Systems, Visual Analytics, Open Source Software Development, Human Computer Interaction, Computer Science Education, Research Experiences, and Broadening Participation of the Nation’s Workforce.  Dr. Moore has published numerous articles and reports and delivered countless presentations on research, education, and strategies for organization change to enhance diversity of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce. 

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.