People

Dr. Candis P. Pizzetta

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Associate V.P. for Research & Scholarly Advancement

Jackson State UniversityCenter for University Scholars Work P.O. Box 17091 Jackson State University Jackson MS 39217 United States of America Phone: 601 979-6951 Work Fax: 601 979-6950
Biography:

Pizzetta recently served as assistant department chair and coordinator of the graduate program. She earned her Ph.D. in English from Baylor University, where her dissertation focused on the development of the feminist mindset in early American fiction. In addition to being coordinator of graduate studies for English since 2008, Pizzetta has served as the interim chair of English and Modern Foreign Languages Department.

Along with her administrative experience, Pizzetta brings an understanding of the processes involved in research, publication and grant writing. Her most recent research and writing efforts include an e-textbook companion for the Norton Anthology of American Literature, an article on Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Mystery of Marie Rogêt” in POMPA, a chapter in the anthology The Power of the Word: The Sacred and the Profane, and, as third author, an essay on diary reporting and phonetic transcription in the Online Journal of Rural and Urban Research.

She is currently an editorial assistant for the Gale Group Publishers’ Contemporary Literary Criticism series. In addition to writing grant proposals for submission to the National Endowment for the Humanities and the U.S. Department of Education, she has been a reviewer and program evaluator for the Mississippi Humanities Council.

Ms. Kenya A. Hudson

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Faculty Development Specialist

Jackson State UniversityCenter for University Scholars Work P.O. Box 17091 Jackson State University Jackson MS 39217 United States of America Phone: (601) 979-0691 Work Fax: (601) 979-6950
Biography:

Kenya Hudson provides logistical and operational support for most of the Center’s activities including the Academy for Research and Scholarly Engagement, the Faculty Engagement and Advancement Program and the Brown Bag Research Talks Series. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at Jackson State University and a master of public policy at Pepperdine University.

Ms. Louise Vaughn

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Administrative Assistant

Jackson State UniversityCenter for University Scholars Work P.O. Box 17091 Jackson State University Jackson MS 39217 United States of America Phone: (601) 979-6949 Work Fax: (601) 979-6950
Biography:

Ms. Louise Vaughn processes travel grant applications, itineraries and reimbursements; graduate assistantship paperwork; and purchases for University Scholars. Ms. Vaughn manages the office and the Center’s budget and assists in the implementation of the Center’s programs. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Alcorn State University and a Master of Public Accountancy at Jackson State University. She was previously employed as an administrative assistant at the Jackson Heart Study project.