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Alumni

Doctoral graduates of the Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program.

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Adrian D. Addison, Ph.D. - Geology

Hometown: Blythewood, South Carolina

Degrees
BS Geophysics, University of Oklahoma
Ph.D., Geology, University of South Carolina (2009)

Mentor: Dr. Camelia C. Knapp

Current Positions
Junior Web Developer
TEK Systems
Columbia, South Carolina

Instructor, Environmental and Marine Science
TRIO Opportunity Scholars Program
University of South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina

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Sharla D. Benson Brown, Ph.D.

Hometown/State: Columbia, South Carolina

Degrees
BA, African American Studies, University of South Carolina
MAT, Social Studies, University of South Carolina
Ph.D., Foundations of Education, University of South Carolina (2013)

Mentor: Dr. Michelle J. Bryan

Current Position
Adjunct Faculty
Instruction and Teacher Education
College of Education
University of South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina

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Charity Brown Griffin, Ph.D. - Psychology

Hometown: High Point, North Carolina

Degrees
BA Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ph.D. , Psychology, University of South Carolina

Mentor: Dr. Shauna Cooper

Current Position
Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) and Licensed Psychologist
Department of Psychological Services
Winston-Salem State University
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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Alvoy L. Bryan, Jr., DMA - Music Performance

Hometown: Decatur, Georgia 

Degrees
BM Music Performance, Indiana University
MM Music Performance, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
D.M.A., Music Performance, University of South Carolina (2011)

Mentor: Dr. Constance Gee

Current Position
Assistant Professor of Music and Music Department Coordinator
Department of Humanities
Allen University
Columbia, South Carolina

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Courtney T. Callahan, Ph.D. - Biomedical Sciences

Hometown: Aiken, South Carolina

Degrees
BS Biology, Winthrop University
Ph.D. Biomedical Sciences, University of South Carolina (2012)

Mentors
Dr. Richard Hunt
Dr. Bert Ely, III

Current Position
Biologist
Bioterrorism Rapid Response and Advanced Technology Laboratory
Center for Disease Control (CDC)
Atlanta, Georgia

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Terry Carter, Ph.D. - English

Hometown: Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina

Degrees
BS, English, University of South Carolina
MA, English, University of South Carolina
Ph.D., English, University of South Carolina (2002)

Mentor: Dr. Nancy Thompson

Current Position
Professor (Tenured)
Department of English
Kennesaw State University-Marietta Campus
Marietta, Georgia

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Candace N. Cunningham, Ph.D. - History

Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee

Degrees
BA History, Tennessee State University
Ph.D., History, University of South Carolina (2018)

Mentor: Dr. Bobby Donaldson

Current Position
Instructor
TRIO Opportunity Scholars Program
University of South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina

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Kevin M. Daniels, Ph.D. - Electrical Engineering

Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina

Degrees
BS Engineering, University of South Carolina
Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of South Carolina

Mentor: Dr. MVS Chandrashekar

Current Position
Assistant Professor (Tenure Track)
Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Maryland
College Park, Maryland

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Brent E. Dial, Ph.D. - Chemistry & Biochemistry

Hometown: Anderson, South Carolina

Degrees
BS Chemistry, University of South Carolina
Ph.D. Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of South Carolina (2012)

Mentors
Dr. Ken D. Shimizu

Current Position
Synthetic Organic Chemist, Research Staff
Applied Technology Group
Chemical Science Division
Oak Ridge National Lab 
Oak Ridge, Tennessee

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D. Samuel Deutsch, Ph.D. - Chemical Engineering

Hometown: Dobbs Ferry, New York

Degrees
BS, Chemical Engineering, Brown University
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of South Carolina (2006)

Mentor: Dr. Christopher Williams

Current Position
Americas Technology
Advisor/Technology Program Coordinator
ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
Baytown, Texas

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Shundelle LaTjuan Dogan, Ph.D. - Educational Leadership & Policies

Hometown: Greenville, South Carolina

Degrees
BA, Journalism, University of South Carolina
M.Ed, Student Personnel Services, University of South Carolina
Ph.D., Higher Education Administration, University of  South Carolina (2002)

Mentor: Dr. Richard Wertz

Current Position
Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs Manager
International Business Machines - IBM
Atlanta, Georgia

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Tracy Dunn, Ph.D. - Business Marketing

Hometown: Camden, South Carolina

Degrees
BA,German, Wofford College
MS, Journalism, University of South Carolina
MBA, University of South Carolina
Ph.D., Marketing, University of South Carolina (2003)

Mentor: Dr. June Cotte

Current Position
Associate Professor of Marketing (Tenured) and Interim Dean
The Tyrone Adam Burroughs School of Business and Economics
Benedict College
Columbia, South Carolina

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Jamelle H. Ellis, Ph.D - Environmental Health Sciences

Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina 

Degrees
BS Textile Management, Clemson University
MS Environmental Engineering Science, Clemson University
Ph.D., Environmental Health Sciences, University of South Carolina

Mentor: Dr. Dwayne Porter 

Current Position
Director of Community and Government Services
Richland County Government
Columbia, South Carolina

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Dorinda J. Gallant, Ph.D. - Educational Psychology Research

Hometown: Andrews, South Carolina

Degrees
BA, Mathematics, Winthrop University
M.Ed., Secondary Education/Mathematics, Coastal Carolina University
Ph.D., Educational Studies/ Research and Measurement, University of South Carolina (2005)

Mentor: Dr. Huynh Huynh

Current Position
Associate Professor (Tenured)
Quantitative Research, Evaluation and Measurement
College of Education and Human Ecology
The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio

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Fredrick A. Gardin, Ph.D. - Physical Education

Hometown: Mt. Holly, North Carolina

Degrees
BS Health Education, Appalachian State University
MA Health Education, East Carolina University
Ph.D., Physical Education, University of South Carolina (2009)

Mentor: Dr. Jim Mensch

Current Position
Associate Professor (Tenured)
Athletic Training Program Coordinator
Montclair State University
Montclair, New Jersey

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Simone A. Francis Gause, Ph.D. - Educational Leadership & Policies/Higher Education 

Hometown: Kingston, Jamaica/ Miami, Florida

Degrees
BS Business Administration, University of Florida
BS Recreation, University of Florida
MS Sport Management, University of Florida
Ph.D., Educational Leadership & Policies/Higher Education 

Mentor
Dr. Christian Anderson

Current Position
Research Associate Director and Faculty Fellow
Center for Innovation in Higher Education
College and of Education
University of South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina

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Odell L. Glenn, Jr. - Chemical Engineering

GJMPP Date: August 2012

Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

Degrees:
MS Electrical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology
MS Manufacturing Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Ph.D., Chemcal Engineering, University of South Carolina (2018)

Faculty Mentor: Michael A. Matthews, PhD

Current Position: 
Adjunct Faculty
Biological Sciences
University of South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina

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Sirena Hargrove-Leak, Ph.D. - Chemical Engineering

Hometown: Kittrell, North Carolina

Degrees
BS, Chemical Engineering, North Carolina A & T University
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of South Carolina (2003)

Mentor: Dr. Michael Matthews

Current Position
Associate Professor of Engineering (Tenured)
Elon University
Elon, North Carolina

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Joyce D. Jackson, Ph.D. - Management Science

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Degrees
BS Computer Science, Point Park University
MBA, Penn State University
Ph.D., Management Science, University of South Carolina (2007)

Mentor: Dr. Mun Yi

Current Position
Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Information Systems and Quantitative Methods
University of Texas- Pan American
Edinburg, Texas

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Brian L. Johnson, Ph.D. - English

Hometown: Durham, North Carolina

Degrees
BA, English (magna cum laude), Johnson C. Smith
University Honors College
MA, English, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ph.D., English, University of South Carolina (2003)

Mentor: Dr. Kwame Dawes

Current Position
Vice President of the Mercy College
Manhattan Campus
New York, New York

Previous Position  
President of Tuskegee University
Tuskegee, Alabama

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Christopher Leevy Johnson, Ph.D. - History

Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina

Degrees
BA, American History (With Honors), University of North Carolina
MA, American History, University of South Carolina
Ph.D., History, University of South Carolina (2004)

Mentor: Dr. Bobby Donaldson

Current Position
Campus Pastor
Brookland Northeast Baptist Church
Columbia, South Carolina 

Managing Director
Leevy's Funeral Homes

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George L. Johnson, Jr., Ph.D. - Educational Psychology & Special Education

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia

Degrees
BA, Government, University of Massachusetts
M.Ed., Management, Cambridge College
Ph.D., Educational Studies/Special Education, University of South Carolina (2005)

Mentor: Dr. Mitch Yell

Current Position
Professor of Special Education and Special Education Academic Coordinator
College of Education, Humanities, and Social Sciences
South Carolina State University
Orangeburg, South Carolina

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Larry E. Jones, Jr., Ph.D. - Pharmaceutical Sciences

Hometown: Florence, South Carolina

Degrees
BS Chemistry, University of South Carolina
Ph.D., Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of South Carolina (2008)

Mentor: Dr. Michael Wyatt

Current Position
Nuclear Pharmacist, Triad Isotopes and Staff Pharmacist
Walgreens
Columbia, South Carolina

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Athena M. King, Ph.D. - Political Science

Hometown: McBee, South Carolina

Degrees
B.A. Coker College
MPA University of South Carolina
Ph.D., Political Science, University of South Carolina (2010)

Mentor: Dr. Todd C. Shaw

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A. TaQuesa McClain, Ph.D. - Health Services Policy & Management

Hometown: El Paso, Texas

Degrees
BS Biology; BS Psychology, University of South Carolina
MA Health Services; MBA, Webster University
Ph.D., Health Services Policy & Management, University of South Carolina (2012)

Mentor: Dr. Sara Corwin 

Current Position
Assistant Professor (Tenure Track)
Health Care Management
College of Business
Lander University
Greenwood, South Carolina

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Mékell T. Mikell, Ph.D. - Political Science

Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina

Degrees
BA Broadcast News, University of Georgia
MS, Political Science, University of South Carolina 
Ph.D., Political Science, University of South Carolina (2009)

Mentor: Dr. Todd C. Shaw

Current Position
Special Advisor to the Director
Office of Economic Impact and Diversity
U.S. Department of Energy
Washington, D.C.

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Valarie Redman Mingo, Ph.D. - Educational Leadership and Policies/Educational Administration

Hometown:  
Paterson, New Jersey

Degrees:  
B.A .Psychology, Columbia University
M.S.Ed. Psychological Services, University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D. Educational Administration, University of South Carolina (2010)

Mentor:
Dr. Michelle Maher

Current Position:
Currently pursuing employment.

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Vida Mingo, Ph. D. - Biological Sciences

Hometown:  
Brooklyn, New York

Degrees:
B.S., Johnson C. Smith University
M.S., Long Island University
Ph.D., Biological Sciences, University of South Carolina (2010)

Mentor:  
Dr. Berten Ely, III

Current Position:
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
Columbia College 
Columbia, South Carolina

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Porchia A. Moore, Ph.D. - Library Science

Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina

Degrees
BA English, College of Charleston
MA English Literature, The Citadel
Ph.D., Library Science, University of South Carolina

Mentor: Dr. Kendra Albright
Dr. Dick Kewooya 

Current Position
Inclusion Catalyst, Columbia Museum of Art
Columbia, South Carolina

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Toby Nelson, Ph.D. - Chemistry & Biochemistry

Hometown: Lake City, South Carolina

Degrees
BS Chemistry Francis Marion University
Ph.D., Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of South Carolina (2007)

Mentor: Dr. John Lavigne

Current Position
Associate Professor, Tenure Tracks 
Department of Chemistry 
Oklahoma State University 
Stillwater, Oklahoma

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Julian D. Owens, Ph.D. - Health Promotion, Educations, & Behavior

Hometown: Alexandria, Virginia 

Degrees
BA Psychology, Morehouse College
MPH Public Health, The University of Michigan
Ph.D. - Health Promotion, Educations, & Behavior, University of South Carolina

Mentors
Dr. Susann Schramm Pate, College of Education
Dr. David Crockett, Darla Moore School of Business

Current Position
Research Fellow
Center for Adolescent Health
Johns Hopkins University
Bloomberg School of Public Health
Baltimore, Maryland

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Anthony Palmer, Ph.D. - Journalism & Mass Communications

Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina

Degrees
BA Psychology/Sociology, Duke University
MMC Journalism, University of South Carolina
Ph.D., Journalism & Mass Communications, University of South Carolina (2011)

Mentor: Dr. Shirley S. Carter

Current Position
American Diplomat/Consular Affairs Officer
United States Foreign Service. 
Assigned to U.S. Embassy in Accra, Ghana

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Melissa B. Pearson, Ph.D. - English

Hometown: Hinesville, Georgia

Degrees
BA English, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
MA English/Writing Studies, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Ph.D., English, University of South Carolina (2010)

Mentor: Dr. Kwame Dawes

Current Position 
Senior Lecturer
Writing Program
Department of English
Northeastern University
Boston, Massachusetts

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Phyllis I. Perkins, Ph.D. - Pharmacy Administration

Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina

Degrees
PharmD., University of South Carolina
Ph.D., Pharmacy Administration, University of South Carolina (2005)

Mentor: Dr. Richard Schultz

Current Position
Pharmacist
Moncrief Army Hospital
Fort Jackson, South Carolina 
Rite Aid
Columbia South Carolina

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Anita M. Rawls, Ph.D. - Educational Research

Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina

Degrees
BS Mathematics, University of South Carolina
MA Education Leadership, University of South Carolina
Ph.D., Educational Research, University of South Carolina (2009)

Mentor: Dr. Huynh Huynh

Current Position
Psychometrician
The College Board
Yardley, Pennsylvania

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Lesley D. Riley, Ph.D. - Educational Psychology & Counselor Education

Hometown: Grovetown, Georgia

Degrees
BA, Psychology, Yale University
M.Ed, Secondary School Counseling, University of South Carolina
Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of South Carolina (2005)

Mentor
Dr. John McFadden

Current Position
Associate Professor of Counseling
College of Behavioral Sciences
Argosy University
Atlanta, Georgia

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Phyllis A. Sanders, Ph.D. - Educational Leadership & Polices

Hometown: Concord, North Carolina

Degrees
BS, English, North Carolina A&T State University
MS, Counseling Education, North Carolina A&T State  University
MS, Education Administration, North Carolina A&T State University
Ph.D., Educational Administration, University of South Carolina (2001)

Mentor 
Dr. Rhonda Jeffries

Current Position
Adjunct Professor
Psychology
Columbia College
Columbia, South Carolina

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Derrick Scott, Ph.D., Biological Sciences

Hometown: Varnville, South Carolina

Degrees
BS Biology, Virginia State University
MA Molecular Biology, Virginia Tech

Mentors
Dr. Bert Ely, III

Current Position
Assistant Professor (Tenure Track)
Biology Department
College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences & Technology
Delaware State University
Dover, Delaware

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Kevin M. Simmonds, Ph.D. - Music

Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana

Degrees
BA, Music, Vanderbilt University
Ph.D., Music Education, University of South Carolina (2005)

Mentor: Dr. Kwame Dawes

Current Position 
International Composer
Freelance Writer and Musician
San Francisco, California and Tokyo, Japan

Commissioned to write the music for Ms. Carrie McCray's manuscript, "Ota Benga Under My Mother's Roof."

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Alexanderia T. Smith, Ph.D. - Educational Psychology & Counselor Education

Hometown: Hopkins, South Carolina

Degrees
BA Psychology/Criminal Justice, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Ph.D., Counselor Education, University of South Carolina (2007)

Mentor: Dr. Colette Dollarhide

Current Position
Statewide Counseling Program Coordinator
Webster University
Columbia, South Carolina

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Winifred W. Thompson, Ph.D. - Health Promotion, Education & Behavior

Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina

Degrees
BS, Educational Psychology, University of GA   
MSW, Social Work, University of GA
Ph.D., Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior
University of South Carolina (2006)

Mentor: Dr. Kathyrn Luchok

Current Position
Research Assistant Professor, Rollins School of Public Health
Department of Behavioral Sciences Health Education
Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia

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Robert Ware, Ph.D., J.D. - International Business

Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Degrees
BA, Economics, Harvard University
MS, Marketing & International Business, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
J.D., University of Florida Law School (2003)
Ph.D., International Business, University of South Carolina (2002)

Mentor: Dr. Jeffrey Arpan

Current Position
Assistant Professor
Marketing
Savannah State University
Savannah, Georgia.
(Deceased, April 20, 2006)

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Monica D. Weathers, Ph.D. - Speech Language Pathology

Hometown: Blacksburg, South Carolina

Degrees
BS, Special Education, Winthrop University
MS, Speech-Language Pathology, University of South Carolina
Ph.D., Speech-Language Pathology, University of South Carolina (2000)

Mentor: Dr. Hiram McDade

Current Position
Chief Executive Officer - CEO
Speech and Reading Therapy, Inc
Benson, North Carolina

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Melicia C. Whitt-Glover, Ph.D. - Epidemiology

Hometown: Rochester Hills, Michigan

Degrees
BA, Exercise Science, University of North Carolina
MA, Exercise Physiology, University of North Carolina
Ph.D., Epidemiology, University of South Carolina (1999)

Mentor: Dr. Barbara Ainsworth

Current Position
President and Chief Executive Officer - CEO
Gramercy Research Group
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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Lisa E. Wills, Ph.D. - Educational Studies/Psychology

Hometown: Fort Washington, Maryland

Degrees
BS Microbiology, Howard University  
MA Comparative Literature, University of South Carolina
Ph.D., Educational Studies/Psychology, University of South Carolina (2012)

Mentor: Dr. Michelle Jay

Current Position
Senior Director, Office of Undergraduate STEM Education
Association of American Colleges and Universities
Washington, District Of Columbia

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Regina E. Wragg. Ph.D. - Biological Sciences

Hometown
Georgetown, South Carolina

Degrees
BS Chemistry, University of South Carolina
MAT Secondary Science Education, University of South Carolina
Ph.D., Biological Sciences, University of South Carolina

Mentor: Dr. Berten Ely III

Current Position
Director of Assessment and Accreditation
Office of the Dean
College of Education
University of South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina

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Vicki M. Young, Ph.D. - Pharmacy Administration

Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina

Degrees
BS, Mathematics, Wofford University
BS, Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of South Carolina 
Ph.D., Pharmacy Administration, University of South Carolina (2003)

Mentor
Dr. Richard Schultz

Current Position
Chief Operating Officer
South Carolina Primary Health Care Association
Columbia, South Carolina.