2017 AABHE Honorable Mention
DeWitt Scott, Ed.D.
DeWitt Scott, Ed.D., is a Student Success Specialist in the Student Development Division at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, IL. Dr. Scott received his doctorate in Educational Leadership from Chicago State University. His research interests include racial and ideological diversity in executive-level higher education administration, foundations of predominantly Black institutions in higher education, and educational possibilities for carceral populations.
In addition to his student affairs work and research, Dr. Scott is an instructor at Sister Jean Hughes Adult High School, a high school for formerly incarcerated adults in Chicago. He has developed and teaches a class titled “Black Male Leadership” to inmates at the Cook County Jail in Chicago. Dr. Scott is a writer for Inside Higher Ed and has written for such outlets as Abernathy Magazine and The Good Men Project. His work has been presented at national conferences hosted by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, the National Council for Black Studies, and the Critical Race Studies in Education Association.
Prior to his academic career, Dr. Scott played professional basketball in the NBA Development League (D-League). He currently lives in Chicago with his wife Cecelia.
-DeWitt Scott, Ed.D.
Dr. Janice M. Hicks
Dr. Janice M. Hicks currently serves as the Associate Dean of Educational Partnerships where she leads Dual Credit, TexPREP, College Readiness & Early College High School Programs at Eastfield College – Dallas County Community College District. With nearly ten years of higher education experience, she has served in various student services and academic affairs capacities at several types of institutions including universities, community colleges, and a medical center. Dr. Hicks earned her Ph.D. in the higher education administration at the University of North Texas with a focus on community college leadership and teaching and learning in the academy. Her research interests focus on local, state, federal higher education policies and their impact on college access and success for low-income and/or minority students. She received her B.S. in educational psychology from Mississippi State University and M.S. in college student affairs from the University of Central Arkansas.
- Dr. Janice M. Hicks
Kimberly D. Johnson, Ed.D.
Kimberly D. Johnson currently serves as the Executive Staff Assistant to the Chancellor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) and has been employed at UMKC since 2000. Prior to serving in her current role, Johnson was an Enrollment Services Coordinator in the UMKC Office of Admissions and executive assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management. Other previous positions include work with Kansas City Parks & Recreation, Kansas City Public Schools and the Local Investment Commission.
Johnson is dedicated to service at UMKC and beyond. She serves on various committees and boards, including the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education, Awesome Ambitions Inc., UMKC Staff Council, and the National Conference on Race & Ethnicity where she serves as a member of the National Advisory Board. Johnson, who is passionate about the advancement of women and girls, has served as a member of the UMKC Women of Color Leadership Conference planning committee for more than 10 years.
Her research interests focus on efforts to enhance the experiences of women staff at institutions of higher education with an emphasis on leadership, professional development, and understanding the lived experiences of African American women. Johnson is an advocate for staff and seeks to ensure they not only have a place at the table, but their voices are heard.
Johnson has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Master of Arts in Education, and an Educational Specialist Degree, all from UMKC, where she just recently completed her doctorate in Education with an emphasis on Higher Education Administration.
- Kimberly D. Johnson, Ed.D.
Mike Jones was born and raised in Ferguson, Missouri. He graduated from Saint Louis University in 2010 with bachelor degrees in African American Studies, Sociology, and Theological Studies; again in 2012 & 2016 with a MA and Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration. His dissertation was entitled, "A Grounded Case Study Exploring How First Year African American Students Perceive Spirituality As A Sign of Strength While Experiencing Academic Probation." The desire for working with students on academic probation is much attributed to Mike's personal encounter with academic probation as a first year college student.
Before moving to Mississippi in 2015, Mike spent three years working at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as a retention specialist for first generation & underrepresented student populations. Mike is currently an Assistant Area Coordinator and Adjunct Professor at Mississippi College, while pursuing an MA in Biblical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS.
- Mike Jones
Dr. Denise Erskine-Meusa
Dr. Erskine-Meusa has presented workshops on storytelling at the University of Maryland College Park. She has a unique way of telling stories as a strategy to demonstrate authenticity and to break down complex messages. She has taught college students for nine years and teaches courses on intra/interpersonal communication, leadership development, small group dynamics, discussion, interviewing techniques, and public address. She has taught at the University of Maryland, College Park, Community College of Baltimore County, and Prince Georges Community College. She is currently a Professional Lecturer of Communication Studies at Montgomery College.
This Guyanese-born scholar began her academic career as a community college student and then Howard University. Dr. Erskine-Meusa received her Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Morgan State University and an M.A. in Media Studies from New School University. She received her B.A. in Media Studies from Brooklyn College. Dr. Erskine-Meusa specializes in culturally responsive pedagogy and has delivered workshops on this subject at major educational conferences.
- Dr. Denise Erskine-Meusa
Dr. Jasmine Lee
Dr. Jasmine Lee is a highly motivated, passion driven individual who considers herself a scholar, practitioner and activist. She is proud of her Lansing, MI roots, where she started her college career at Lansing Community College. She currently works at Michigan State University delivering front line services in diversity/inclusion, college readiness, and academic success. In her role, as Neighborhood Director, Dr. Lee provides leadership and consultation for racial climate concerns and broader diversity issues for faculty, students, and staff across campus, while implementing strategic student success initiatives which lead to the overall academic success and holistic well-being of all students within the neighborhood structure at MSU. In June 2016, Dr. Lee completed her doctoral degree through the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education program in the College of Education at Michigan State University. Her research focuses broadly on race and racism in collegiate experiences, social justice, critical race theory, academic resilience, and practice-to-theory methods for higher education professionals. Additionally, she is a trained clinical social worker, with a BSW from Eastern Michigan University and a MSW from the University of Michigan.
- Dr. Jasmine Lee