NEH Awards for Faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

We invite you to apply for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) fellowship program specifically for faculty at historically black colleges and universities pursuing scholarly research projects in the humanities with value to scholars, general audiences or students in the humanities. The fellowship supports six to twelve months of full-time research with a stipend of $4,200 per month. Suggested products of the fellowship are articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions or other scholarly tools. Fellows may also re-design existing courses. The deadline for projects beginning in 2015 is April 15, 2014.

B. D'Andra Orey, professor of political science, will present his talk, "Hair Texture, Complexion and Candidate Evaluation" on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the Holden Reading Room on the fourth floor of the H.T. Sampson Library.  The Center for University Scholars hosts this brown bag research talk and provides light refreshments, typically sandwiches, cookies and beverages.  Feel free to bring your lunch and bring a friend!

Flyer for Brown Bag Research Talk with Dr. Orey











See the 2013-2014 Brown Bag Research Talks Schedule.

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The Center for University Scholars congratulates all of the recipients of the 2014 Presidential Creative Awards for Faculty and Staff!  In particular, it acknowledges three former University Scholars who received awards: Dr. Duanjun Lu (2013), Dr. Natarajan Meghanathan (2008) and Dr. HuiRu Shih (2010 and 2009).  Many other faculty recipients of the 2014 Presidential Creative Awards have also received graduate assistantships or travel support for conference presentation from the Center.  Contact us to learn how we can help support your research productivity!

Judy A. Meredith, an assistant professor of mass communicatons, has been elected as a member of the Fulbright Association's Diversity Task Force.  Comprising alumni of the Fulbright Program, the Fulbright Association promotes international exchanges for scholars and students and facilitates lifelong learning experiences for its members.  (Dr. Meredith was a Fulbright Scholar in Germany seventeen years ago.)  The Fulbright Program offers competitive grants for international educational and cultural exchange to graduate students, scholars and professionals (including K-12 teachers).

Judy Meredith and Jeremy Xido

Read More:

"Person of the Day: Judy Meredith," Jackson Free Press

"Judy Meredith Elected to Fulbright Board," JSU Department of Mass Communications

Brown Bag Research Talks for the Spring 2014 Semester

December 12th, 2013 by Kenya Hudson

Below are the scheduled brown bag research talks for the Spring 2014 Semester.

January 23, 2014 

Dr. Rashell Smith-Spears, Department of English and Modern Foreign Languages
"The Black Vampire in African-American Literature and Popular Culture"

February 11, 2014  

Dr. Byron D. Orey, Department of Political Science
"Hair Texture, Complexion and Candidate Evaluation"

February 18, 2014 

Dr. Deborah Barnes, College of Liberal Arts and Department of English and Modern Foreign Languages

February 20, 2014 

Dr. Robert Luckett, Margaret Walker Center and Department of History and Philosophy
"Massive Resistance: The Evolution of Racist Politics in Mississippi"

February 25, 2014 

Dr. Rico Chapman, Department of History and Philosophy
"Black Studies at Jackson State College: The Institute for the Study of History, Life and Culture of Black People, 1968-1979"

March 18, 2014 

Dr. Yumi Huntington and Prof. Charles Carraway, Department of Art
"Hidden Jewels of the Permanent Collection of the Art Department at Jackson State University"

March 25, 2014 

Dr. Gloria Billingsley, Department of Public Policy and Administration
"Redistributing Power: The Reversal of Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act"

If you are interested in giving a brown bag research talk, we have two remaining slots available on April 11, 2014 and April 25, 2014.  Please contact us by telephoning us at (601) 979-6949 or (601) 979-0691 or by e-mailing us at

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Event: 2013 Holden Lecture feat. James L. Hudson

October 28th, 2013 by Kenya Hudson

James L. Hudson, Esq., the 2013 Holden LecturerJames L. Hudson

"The Global Financial Crisis: Its Impact on the US and Europe"

Thursday, November 7, 2013
10:00 AM
Theatre, JSU Student Center

About James L. Hudson, Esq.

The former U.S. Executive Director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Mr. Hudson chairs the Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. Endowed Lecture Series. As a venture capital principal, he focused on projects in energy cogeneration and efficiency, real estate development, commercial enterprises and consumer products. He has served his nation as a political advisor and civic leader.

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Learn more about the Holden Lecture Series.


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Event: Developing Research Agendas Workshop

October 7th, 2013 by Kenya Hudson

Friday, October 11, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Auditorium of the Engineering Building


Join your faculty colleagues interested in developing and re-designing their research agendas with an interactive workshop led by Dr. Lesia Crumpton-Young! Dr. Young who received her B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University served as a program director at the National Science Foundation within the Directorate of Education and Human Resource Development.  She is the recipient of the U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Mentoring and the U.S. Black Engineer of the Year Education Award.  Dr. Crumpton-Young's career combines extensive research experience with a focus on mentoring faculty colleagues and students across disciplines. 

This workshop is free and open to all Jackson State University faculty members.  Faculty members who register will receive an e-mail confirmation of their enrollment, reminder of the workshop and, if available, copies of workshop materials.

Academy Application Deadline Extended to Sept. 20

September 20th, 2013 by Kenya Hudson

Due to overwhelming demand, the deadline for application to the Research and Scholarly Engagement Academy has been extended to Friday, September 27, 2013. The Academy invites applications from all faculty for this intensive year-long series of activities including workshops, mentoring, coaching and engagement with foundations and federal agencies. For more information, please contact the Center for University Scholars by e-mail at or by phone at (601) 979-6949 or (601) 979-0691.

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Tenure and Promotion Workshop on September 12, 2013

September 9th, 2013 by Kenya Hudson

Tenure and Promotion Workshop

The Center for University Scholars will host its semi-annual Tenure and Promotion Workshop for faculty members on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 10:00 AM in the Senate Chamber (Room 3250) of the JSU Student Center. This workshop is geared toward assisting faculty submitting their applications this year.






Assistantship Applications Under Consideration

August 22nd, 2013 by Kenya Hudson

The Center for University Scholars is currently considering graduate assistantship requests from faculty members.  We expect to make decisions regarding assistantship awards by Friday, August 23, 2013.  In the interim, the graduate assistantship application will be disabled.

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