Deadline for Faculty GA Requests: August 29, 2014

August 22nd, 2014 by Kenya Hudson

The Center will award 2014-2015 AY graduate assistantships to faculty based on the applications received by August 29, 2014. Full-time faculty should apply by that deadline for consideration.

>> On-Line Application Form

Time Parameters Change for Faculty Travel Awards

August 22nd, 2014 by Kenya Hudson

Effective October 1, 2014, the Center will provide up to $1,250 per faculty member to present at scholarly and professional conferences over a twelve month period consistent with our grant’s fiscal year. Specifically, each full-time faculty member can request up to $1,250 for the above described travel for the period of October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015. We will honor requests as long as funds are available. (The travel period is based on the dates of travel not the date of request.)

If the Center for University Scholars has subsidized some portion of your travel in the last twelve months, you are still eligible for up to $1,250 in travel subsidy for the period of October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015.

>> Read more about our travel grant policies.
>> Apply for a travel grant.

Safiya Omari, Ph.D. has been selected as the third director of the JSU Center for University Scholars. An associate professor of social work, Omari is also the director of the Southern Institute for Mental Health Advocacy Research and Training. Recently, she served as chief of staff to Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba. Dr. Omari earned a bachelor’s degree in psyschology at Louisiana Tech University, a master’s of clinical psychology at California State University-Los Angeles and a doctorate in psychology from Northeastern University.

Dr. Omari will focus on expanding the visibility of the Center for University Scholars and its activities and supporting the research interests and teaching performance of JSU faculty.

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Dr. Victor Ifedayo Ogungbe, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, received three grants worth nearly $400,000 to expand his research in chemical biology, drug discovery and structural biology. The awarding entities are the National Institutes of Health National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Science Foundation Mississippi ESPCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research/Institutional Development Award) and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. After joining the faculty at Jackson State in January 2013, Ogungbe participated in the second cohort of the Academy for Research and Scholarly Engagement.

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Academy Scholars Presentations and Closing Ceremony

April 1st, 2014 by Kenya Hudson

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Research Compliance and IRB Workshop on April 8

March 26th, 2014 by Kenya Hudson

Staff members of the Division of Research and Federal Relations will present a workshop on research compliance procedures including the Institutional Review Board (IRB) process.  Join us on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in the Library Auditorium on the second floor of the H.T. Sampson Library.  Please register for the workshop using the form below.

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Flyer for Tenure and Promotion WorkshopJoin us for an overview of the tenure and promotion processes at Jackson State University on Thursday, March 27, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. in the Senate Chamber (Room 3250) of the JSU Student Center.  (The Senate Chamber is on the third floor to the left of the main elevators.)  This discussion is designed for probationary faculty and faculty seeking a refresher.  


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Dr. Gloria Billingsley, associate professor of public policy and administration presents her talk, "Redistributing Power: The Reversal of Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act" on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. in the Holden Reading Room on the fourth floor of the H.T. Sampson Library.  The JSU Center for University Scholars hosts this brown bag research talk and provides light refreshments (typically sandwiches and beverages). Feel free to bring your lunch and bring a friend!

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On March 20, 2014 at 10:00 a.m., the Center will sponsor a Third Year Review Workshop for new and probationary faculty. It will feature Thomas Calhoun, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Ricardo Brown, dean of the College of Public Service. The workshop will occur in the Senate Chamber (Room 3250) of the JSU Student Center. (The room is on the third floor of the JSU Student Center.)

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