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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.”

-Jerry 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 technology.

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

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