Professional Development

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Prof. Vershun McClain walks participants through designing, implementing and revising online courses. Based on her thoughtful and innovative teaching, Dr. McClain was chosen by her dean to represent the College of Business in the Teaching Tuesdays Faculty Spotlight.

Completing the Faculty Research Assistance Request

Deadline:  May 5, 2017 at 11:45 p.m.

Main Takeaways
  • *  This program focuses on faculty research productivity and how it advances the faculty member’s research agenda and career.
  • *  Review tends to privilege tenure-track early career faculty and faculty who have not recently received Center-funded graduate assistantships.
  • *  Specificity and clarity about the research project (and, if applicable, results of previous Center-funded research assistance) helps us to better understand your request.



Annually, we receives scores of requests for typically 10-15 graduate assistantships per year.  Unfortunately, we cannot offer a graduate assistantship to every faculty member who deserves it.  We make awards to faculty members based on (1) the potential for the research project to advance the faculty member’s research agenda and career, (2) clarity about the research project and feasibility of its timeline and (3) the demonstrated research productivity of faculty members who have previously received Center-funded assistantships.

E-Mail Address.  Please use an e-mail address that you check or monitor.  If we have questions about your application, we will use the address on your form.

Research Description.  Focus on the faculty applicant’s research project and expected research products.  Summarize its purpose, methods or tasks, potential contribution to your discipline and career and the timeline for completion.  Be as specific and succinct as possible.  If you are writing grant proposals, please include the agencies/foundations to which you are applying.

Graduate Assistant Tasks.  List the specific tasks that you expect the graduate assistant to complete.  Clerical work is not a focus of this program.

Research Products from Previous Funding.  Faculty members who have received Center-funded assistantships in the last five years should complete this section.  Again, our focus is on faculty research products and faculty-student collaborations.

  • * If there are publications or presentations, please include a complete citation for each.
  • * If there are grant submissions, please include the agency name, directorate/program name and dates of submission.
  • * If there are funded grants or fellowships, please include the agency name, directorate/program name, dates of the grant and grant number.
  • * If there are manuscripts under review, please include the name of the journal or press.


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Wednesday, April 12, 2017
1:00 – 2:30 PM
JSU INNOVATE Classroom, 1st Floor of the H.T. Sampson Library

Dr. Lenice T. Smith will lead participants through a series of activities to help participants design scholarship of teaching & learning (SoTL) research for publication.  

Flyer, information replicated in text.Tuesday, March 28, 2017
2:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Holden Reading Room, 4th Floor of H.T. Sampson Library

Workshop Topic: Just Add Google (Scholar) – Exploiting Digital Capabilities for Fast Lit Reviews

These monthly meetings help faculty "get in the mood" and focus singularly on their writing.  They allow faculty to come together and commit to writing in a common space for a certain number of hours with no external distractions.  During these monthly meetings, the Center facilitates the formation of small writing groups of like-minded colleagues with similar projects or writing goals. 

Learn more about #ScholarsWrite activities.

Registration is requested, but not required.



Tuesday, March 21, 2017
10:00 – 11:15 AM
Library Auditorium, 2nd Floor of the H.T. Sampson Library

Dr. Kathy Bryant presents her Teaching Tuesdays Talk—The Successful Integration of Technology: Using Mobile Devices to Support Content, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Comprehension.  Dr. Bryant, an assistant professor of elementary and early childhood education, represents the College of Education & Human Development in the Teaching Tuesdays Faculty Spotlight Series.

This series showcases the innovative teaching strategies and methods employed by Jackson State University faculty.  The teaching acumen of the presenters has been recognized by their deans, chairs, students and, sometimes, external actors.  Dr. Bryant will give an engaging presentation followed by the lively give-and-take of questions and answers.


Thursday, March 23, 2017
10:00 AM – 12:50 PM
JSU INNOVATE Classroom, 1st Floor of the H.T. Sampson Library

From the classroom, to committee work to research, we increasingly find ourselves in a world that values team-work and collaboration.  Dr. Jen Jones will lead us in a series of activities designed to help us build and cultivate teams and communicate effectively.   These activities may lead to self-discovery about how you work best in teams or provide source material to inform your classroom activities or improve the dynamics of your administrative and research collaborations.

Dr. Jen Jones is an assistant professor of communication at Seton Hill University.  She has designed and facilitated team-building and leadership development programs for corporate clients and in academic settings.

Refreshments will be available.  This workshop is designed for faculty, staff and administrators.  Participation is limited to 25 participants.


Thursday, March 2, 2017
10:00 – 11:20 AM
JSU INNOVATE Classroom, 1st Floor of the H.T. Sampson Library

This workshop will demonstrate how principal investigators can successfully set-up and manage all aspects of federal and foundation grants.  It will also introduce faculty to resources to protect, patent and commercialize their intellectual property.

Light refreshments will be available.

Please register so that we can plan for your presence.