Vice President R&D Center/Associate Provost
Dr. Joseph Whittaker serves as Vice President for Research and Economic Development and Associate Provost in Academic Affairs. In this capacity, he provides support to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and has responsibility and oversight for Research, Sponsored Programs, Research Compliance, Technology Transfer and Commercialization, Federal Relations and JSU Global. He was previously Dean of the School of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences at Morgan State University.
Dr. Whittaker was the Associate Director of the NASA GESTAR Program from 2011 to 2016, and also served as the 73rd President of Sigma Xi Scientific Research and Honor Society. In addition, he developed and directed the Morgan State University Plant Biotechnology Research and Analytical Laboratory. He also served in various capacities at Morehouse School of Medicine, where he led efforts in the design and construction the Neuroscience Institute, which became the prototype for 12 additional NIH-supported Specialized Neuroscience Programs established across the U.S.