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Current participants in the Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program.

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Douglas J. Archie III - Clinical-Community Psychology

GJMPP Date: August 2015

Hometown: Tampa, Florida

Faculty Mentor: Bret Kloos, Ph.D.

Career Plans: Professorship/Research

What does the Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program mean to you?
I believe the GJMPP gives like-minded individuals the opportunity to connect, network and share experiences.  It serves as a way to highlight the accomplishments of African-Americans within the university setting.

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Candace A. Bethea - Mathematics

GJMPP Date: August 2017

Faculty Mentor: Jesse L. Kass, Ph.D.

Hometown:   Woodstock, Georgia

Career Plans: Post-doc, tenure track research position

Publications/Presentations
“Realizability of Graphs with Prescribed Parameters” in Congressus Numerantium in 2016

What does the Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program mean to you?
An opportunity to network and acquire skills necessary to succeed in academia as an African American in an underrepresented field.

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Genine L. Blue - Educational Studies/ Research & Measurement 

GJMPP Date: August 2012

Hometown: East Orange, New Jersey

Degrees:
BS Chemistry, Southern University and A & M College
M Ed. Science Education, Georgia State University 

Faculty Mentor: Stephen Lu, Ph.D.

Career Plans: To serve as a faculty member of a higher education institution in areas of education research and provide consultation service to educational institutions.

What does the Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program mean to you?
GJMPP would provide an opportunity for me to network and collaborate with fellow doctoral students and learn from experienced faculty in how to best position myself to develop a progressive career in higher education.

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Mia J. Brantley – Sociology

GJMPP Date:  August 2018

Hometown: Meridian, Mississippi

Career Plans:  To pursue research that addresses health disparities in the United States and the opportunity to teach, mentor, and train the next generation of scholars from underrepresented backgrounds.

What does the Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program mean to you?
It is not uncommon for many doctoral students from underrepresented backgrounds to experience a sense of alienation.  What the GJMPP means to me is that I will have the opportunity find community among a diverse interdisciplinary group of scholars, as well as the training necessary to pursue the professoriate in the future so that I can, in turn, provide a similar sense of community for those who come after me.

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Ramelle Brooks - Voice Performance, Music

GJMPP Date: August 2017

Faculty Mentor: Carl R. Wells, PhD

Hometown: Fayetteville, North Carolina

Career Plans:  Teach college level music

What does the Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program mean to you?
I am thankful that a program like this exists.  It is a blessing to have a network of scholars and mentors to help aid and guide you through the doctoral academic process and foster your success.

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Anthony T. Carr - Educational Studies / Counselor Education

GJMPP Date: August 2017

Faculty Mentor: Ryan G. Carlson, PhD

Hometown: Adelphi, Maryland

Career Plans: Professor

What does the Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program mean to you?
Opportunity to promote scholarship for ethnic minorities and to be an advocate for their interests in large academic realm.

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Brianna R. Cornelius - Linguistics

GJMPP Date: August 2013

Faculty Mentor: Tracey L. Weldon, PhD

Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee

Career Plans: To conduct research concerning language variation across the globe and apply what I have learned through instruction at the university level

Publications/Presentations:
Presentation: SUNY - Brockport Graduate conference 2013 – “The Linguistic Power of African-American Women”

What does the Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program mean to you?
The GJMPP is a program designed to give future African American professors a head start in their careers by encouraging research, publications and establishing a presence in their respective academic fields while also being a vital point of contact among fellow students as well as potentially influential alumni.

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David K. Y. Denteh – Statistics

GJMPP Date:  August 2018 

Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida

Career Plans:  To become a professor of statistics at a leading university

What does the Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program mean to you?
I see the program as a mentorship program which will provide an enabling environment to realize dreams.

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Cynthia D. Duncan Joseph - Political Science

GJMPP Date: August 2017

Faculty Mentor: Todd. C. Shaw, PhD

Hometown: Buffalo, New York

Career Plans: Teach at a liberal arts four year college/university

What does the Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program mean to you?
The Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program means support and engagement.  I look forward to being part of a community that supports the ideas of the scholars and recognizes the importance of giving back to the community outside of higher education.  I am confident that the support from current and previous fellows along with our mentors will be honest and engaging to allow us to take risks and grow from our mistakes without attacking our identity as scholars nor diminishing the importance of our ideas.

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Andrea Fleming, Counselor Education & Supervision 

GJMPP Date: August 2017

Faculty Mentor: Russell Haber, PhD

Hometown: Sumter, South Carolina

Career Plans: Professor, consultant, conduct research as a counselor educator with a focus on exploring facets of multiculturalism in clinical supervision for licensed clinical mental health counselors

What does the Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program mean to you?
The GJMPP is an awesome opportunity to receive mentorship, ongoing support, professional development, while having access to a network of scholars with a wide range of expertise. I have gained an extended family in this journey that has proven to be invaluable. 

Franklin J. Gause – Special Education

GJMPP Date:  August 2018

Hometown: Loris, South Carolina

Career Plans:  To teach collegiate course and produce publications and research in Special Education

What does the Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program mean to you
It is an honor to be a Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program scholar.  The legacy of Dr. McFadden will live on through the work and scholarship I will demonstrate through my studies.

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Akeen L. Hamilton – Health Promotion, Education and Behavior

GJMPP Date:  August 2018

Hometown:  Burlington, North Carolina

Career Plans:  To obtain a Post-Doc appointment for HIV Prevention research

What does the Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program mean to you?
I believe that participating in GJMPP will equate to my gaining guidance and support in being a productive member of the professoriate at a university. It is also my belief that the program will be vital to my career success and will help me to develop into an effective mentor and faculty member upon the completion of my degree.

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Theresa M. Harrison – Educational Administration

GJMPP Date:  August 2018

Hometown:  Cleveland, Tennessee

Career Plans:  To obtain a faculty position in a higher education administration program and continue to conduct research on community engagement

What does the Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program mean to you?
GJMPP is very important to me as a doctoral student.  In addition to the necessary financial support to pursue my degree, GJMPP will provide me the guidance, networking, and mentorship needed to accomplish my goals.  I am excited for the opportunity to learn from faculty, alumni, and peers committed to excellence in their fields of study.

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Destiny L. Hemphill – Creative Writing/Poetry

GJMPP Date:  August 2018

Hometown:  Conway, Arkansas

Career Plans:  To pursue tenure track positions in creative writing or English/Literature

What does the Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program mean to you?
It is a thrilling opportunity personally, professionally, and politically.  I am honored to be selected as I am confident that it will give me the structure I personally need to deepen the connection between my creative practice and my scholarly work.  Furthermore, I am even more honored to be part of its commitment to making the academy more equitable as well as imagining and enacting the liberator potentials of knowledge production.

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Victor Kidd - Sport Entertainment Management

GJMPP Date: August 2016

Faculty Mentor: Richard M. Southall, EdD

Hometown: District Heights, MD

Career Plans: Become a professor and lead researcher on sports human behavior

What does the Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program mean to you?
This program allows the student to enjoy a smooth and seamless transition to USC.  I will be able to learn from pan-africans who are scholars.

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Frank C. Martin, II - Art History

GJMPP Date: August 2009

Hometown: Sumter, South Carolina

Faculty Mentor: Anne L. Bezuidenhout, PhD

Career Plans: Instructor in History of Art

Publications/Presentations: Rhetorical Geometry and Ne-Platonist Aesthetics at the Conference of the Arts, Paris, France, June 2017

What does the Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program mean to you?
An opportunity to exchange ideas with others involved in pursuing advanced academic degrees and to enhance dialogue on diaspora and human culture. 

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Samantha L. McNeal - Environmental Health Sciences

GJMPP Date: July 2016

Hometown: Denver, Colorado

Faculty Mentor(s):
Jamie Lead, PhD
Jamelle H. Ellis, PhD -(AAPP/GJMPP Alumna)

Career Plans: To pursue a position in risk management and compliance with an emphasis on manufactured goods

Publications/Presentations: Outdoor Urban Nanomaterials: The emergence of a new, integrated, and critical field of study 2016; Science for the Total Environment 7/1/2016 557-558: 740-53

What does the Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program mean to you?
An opportunity of mentorship and growth, professional development, a sense of community.

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N. Binda Niati- Education Studies, Foundations and Inquiry

GJMPP Date: August 2014

Hometown: Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

Faculty Mentor: Bret Kloos, PhD

Career Plans: To work in a research institution focusing on policy and development within education systems in sub-Saharan Africa

Select Accompishments: Boren Fellow-Senegal & Fulbright Scholar, Ivory Coast

What does the Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program mean to you?
The GJMPP is a support network that is a crucial factor in the success and development of the black scholar.  It provides me with the opportunity to connect with a diverse scholastic pool of students who aspire to work in academic settings.

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Don S. Polite, Jr. - History

GJMPP Date: August 2016

Faculty Mentor: Matthew D. Childs, PhD

Hometown: Bronx, New York

Career Plans: Tenure Track Professor/Director of Cultural Heritage Institution

Publications/Presentations: 
“Reimaging Afro-Puerto Rican Historian Arturo Schomburg” Presentation for African American Intellectual History Society, March 2016, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

What does the Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program mean to you?
An opportunity to learn from and gain access to a network of scholars and professionals who have been in my position

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Lisa B. Randle - Anthropology

GJMPP Date: August 2006

Faculty Mentor(s): Kenneth B. Kelly, PhD

Hometown: Stuttgart, Germany

Career Plans: Program Director and Professor

Publications/Presentations:
“Cultural Tourism in South Carolina.” North Carolina Folklore Journal. Fall 2001;

Artist Profile Directory (SC Arts Commission) 2000/2001 and 2002/2003;

“Nicholtown: A Sense of Community.” 1996. Booklet resulted from an oral history project with students in Greenville, South Carolina.


What does the Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program mean to you?

This is an opportunity to further my education with a mentor and other professional guidance.

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Jonathan C. Rann - Experimental Psychology

GJMPP Date: August 2017

Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina

Faculty Mentor: Amit Almor, PhD

Career Plans: A psychoanalytic researcher

What does the Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program mean to you?
This program is an excellent opportunity to 1) interact and network with my fellow academic colleagues, 2) get more involved in my field of study/school experience, and 3) prepare myself for life after school with my PhD.  In other words, the GJMPP means a lot to me.

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Lauren D. Reid - Public Health/Epidemiology

GJMPP Date: August 2017

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia

Faculty Mentor: Angela D. Liese, PhD

Career Plans: University Professor and Director of Health Department

Publications/ Presentations:  “Hot Fitness Trends to promote health and physical activity in minority communities”, Symposium presented at American College of Sports Medicine conference, June 2017

What does the Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program mean to you?
It is a wonderful opportunity to network with minority PhD students at USC while building my curriculum vitae to prepare me for a career in academia.

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Benedicth O. Ukhueduan - Biological Sciences

GJMPP Date: August 2017

Hometown: JOS, Plateau State, Nigeria

Faculty Mentor: Rekha Patel, PhD

What does the Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program mean to you?
The GJMPP is an opportunity for me to learn the skills I need to become a professor that can have an impact on my community and be a role model for other African American kids hoping to be in my career field in the future.

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Denetra D. Walker – Journalism and Mass Communications

GJMPP Date:  August 2018

Hometown:  Houston, Texas

Career Plans:  Professor

What does the Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program mean to you?

It’s a great opportunity to learn, network and fellowship with a diverse group of professionals who strengthen and diversify academia

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Kiesha M. Wilson - Biological Sciences

GJMPP Date: August 2015

Hometown: West Columbia, South Carolina

Faculty Mentor: Berten E. Ely III, PhD

Career Plans: Professor at a university with a research lab

Presentations:
804 Seminar Presentation (02/20/2018)
American Society of Microbiology 2016 (06/2016) in Boston, MA
American Society of Microbiology 2017 (06/2017) in New Orleans LA

Manuscripts:
Callahan, C, Wilson, K, and Ely, B. (2015). Characterization of the Proteins Associated withCaulobacter crescentus Bacteriophage CbK Particles. Current Microbiology. Volume 71:6. December 2015. Print. DOI 10.1007/s00284-015-0922-7

Wilson, K and Ely B. (2018). Genomic Comparison of Giant Cbk-like Bacteriophage - Preparing to Submit 

Ely, B, Wilson, K, and Scott D. (2018). Genome Evolution Observed in Wildtype Caulobacter crescentus –Preparing to submit.


What does the Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program mean to you?

The GJMPP is important to me because it will provide me with the skill set to be a professor and mentor to students and be able to outreach to minorities in my community.