2015 Honorable Mention
Dr. Jerry L. Wallace, Jr.
In participating within student affairs, residence
life, recreational sports, academic advising, and mentoring Dr. Wallace continues
to promote academic and career advancement for students within higher education.
He has earned a Bachelor
of Fine Arts in Graphic Design (BFA), a Master of Education in Supervision
(M.Ed.) and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership (Ed.D) from
Lamar University in Beaumont, TX.
He is a first generation
college graduate and desires to serve as a college administrator in order to
help encourage and promote active leadership amongst students, faculty and
staff in developing a successful academic environment.
Dr. Wallace currently
serves as an Educational Planner, mentor for the Men of Honor Male Initiative
Program and Adjunct Faculty for Student Success at San Jacinto College. He was
selected as a part of the inaugural class as a Graduate Fellow for the Texas
Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education (TABPHE) Class of 2014 as
well as a graduate of the Leadership and Mentoring Institute (LMI) Class of
2014 for AABHE. He has presented at the Texas Minority Male Success Leadership
Symposium and is a member of the National Alliance of Black School Educators
Lamar University Chapter having presented his dissertation as a part of the
Research Institute. He also serves as the Southwest Regional Director for Gamma
Phi Delta Christian Fraternity Incorporated.
Dr. Wallace’s personal
interest is to support underachieving students, African American and Hispanic
males, and non-traditional students towards academic development. He is married
to Belashia Wallace, a current student at Thurgood Marshall School of Law at
Texas Southern University in Houston, TX.
"A man can only be as
strong as his hands and since he has two he can be twice as strong.”
L. Wallace, Ed.D
Dr. Sabriya Dennis
Dr. Sabriya Dennis currently serves as Coordinator for the
Get SMART Project at Morgan State University, School of Community Health &
Policy. A health prevention program targeting risk behaviors of emerging adults
related to substance use and HIV/AIDS transmission.
Dr. Dennis earned her undergraduate degree from East
Carolina University in 2003, where she double majored in Exercise Science and Psychology,
and her Masters in Psychology from Fayetteville State University in 2007. She will
officially receive her Doctorate in Public Health from Morgan State University
in May 2015.
While pursuing her doctoral degree, Dr. Dennis worked as an
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Fellow conducting program
evaluation for the Army Institute of Public Health, and completed an internship
with the Office of Minority Health.
In addition she has worked as a teaching assistant and
research associate for both the Public Health Analysis and Behavioral Health
Science Departments within the School of Community Health and Policy.
Dr. Dennis’ research interests include social determinants
of health, mental health and health promotion among minority/underserved
populations. Her dissertation, Exploring
the Relationship Between Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Outcomes Among
Serious Juvenile Offenders, was chaired by Dr. Kim Dobson Sydnor.
-Sabriya Dennis, DrPH
Dr. Xeturah Woodley
Dr. Xeturah Woodley is an assistant professor in the Department
of Curriculum and Instruction at New Mexico State University, where she teaches
instructional design and technology. Her research, teaching and service weave
together Black womanist thought, critical race theory and social justice praxis
as she interrogates the inherent biases that plague American higher education. Dr.
Woodley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in African American Studies and
Psychology, a Masters of Social Sciences degree, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and
Instruction with a specialization in critical pedagogies and educational
Prior to joining the faculty at NMSU, Dr. Woodley held a
number of community college administrative positions including as an academic
dean, associate vice president and vice president for academic affairs. Her
community work focuses on meeting the educational needs of those most
vulnerable in our society including the incarcerated and homeless. Dr. Woodley
is the recipient of numerous awards for her work within the community and on
campuses. These awards include the Faculty
Outstanding Women’s Award (1998), CNM Excellence Awards (2004, 2008, 2011) and
Women Who Dare to Dream Award (2013).
Dr. Woodley is an ordained reverend (non-denominational), a Womanist Theologian and a member of Sigma
Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Dr. Woodley’s research interests include Black womanist thought, critical pedagogies and social justice issues in higher education. Her dissertation, Black Women’s Faculty Voices In New Mexico: Invisible Assets Silent No More, was chaired by Dr. Rudolfo Chávez Chávez.
- Xeturah Woodley, Ph.D