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Dr. Viviette Allen, Co-Chairperson
Dr. Allen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology.  Her background is in counseling psychology and in the study of organizational leadership. She is professionally licensed as a Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA) and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Her research interests involve: ethics, moral reasoning/moral decision making and resultant behavior, psychopathology, psychotherapy and help seeking, stress, adult development, antisocial and asocial behavior, I/O psychology, psycho-social aspects of leadership, organizational behavior, motivation, and psycho-social aspects of religion and spirituality. Dr. Allen earned her B.A. in Religion, Psychology, and African American Studies from Princeton University, a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Fayetteville State University, and in 2006 a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from Regent University.

Dr. Eugenie Almeida, Co-Chairperson
Dr. Almeida is a Professor in the Department of Communication. She earned her Ph.D. in Communication at the University of Buffalo. She specializes in theories and methodologies designed to study language and social interaction such as discourse theory and analysis, conversational analysis, and ethnography.   Dr. Almeida has taught a wide range of courses in Interpersonal Communication, Organizational Communication and Mass Communication. Dr. Almeida has been teaching at Fayetteville State University since 2001. She has also performed research in the area of communication competence and published an article in Communication Education. She regularly presents her research at conferences and is an active member of the Southern States Communication Association where she is currently Chair of the Division of Language and Social Interaction.

Dr. Bidisha Bose-Basu, Secretary
Dr. Bose-Basu is an Associate Professor of Chemistry. She received her B.S. and M.S. from University of Calcutta, India, and Ph.D. from University of Notre Dame, IN. Her research interests are Carbohydrate and nucleic acid structure, and structural aspects of protein-DNA interaction.

Ms. Debra Brown
Ms. Brown is a lecturer in the Department of Social Work, has sixteen plus years of education experience. Her post-masters experience includes teaching at Central Texas College, Pope Air Force Base, NC, Fayetteville State University, Fort Bragg-Pope Air Force Base, NC, and Fayetteville State University-Main Campus, Fayetteville, NC as an adjunct lecturer. She also served in a fulltime appointment as the Coordinator of Field Education and Assistant Professor in the Social Work Department at Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC. Prior to teaching full time, Ms. Brown worked as a child protective service social worker as well as a middle school drop-out prevention coordinator and social worker. While at the middle school, she initiated the "school-within-a-school" program for students at-risk of being transferred to an alternative school due to behavioral challenges. Ms. Brown received her B.A. from Fayetteville State University, M.S.W. from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Sonya Brown
Dr. Brown is an Associate Professor in the Department of English. She received her B.A. and M.A. both in English Language and Literature from Auburn University, and Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from University of Maryland.

Dr. Blanche Radford Curry, Program Founder
Dr. Radford Curry has been an Associate Professor of Philosophy at FSU since 1992. She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Brown University.  Her teaching and research areas include moral and social value inquiry, African-American Philosophy and feminist theory.  She has taught several courses in Women's and Gender Studies, as well as authored several articles in these areas.  Dr. Radford Curry initiated FSU's Women's History Month Project in 1998 with a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council. She chairs the FSU's Women's and Gender Studies virtual discussion group , which is under the auspices of  Virtual Teaching and the University Learning Center, where she also serves as the Philosophy Coordinator.  She is an advocate of multicultural and women's issues, an active member of her regional community and served as a consultant for ACT/SAT/GRE/NEH and others.  Dr. Radford Curry  has received several fellowships, outstanding teaching awards, research, administrative and community recognition.  She recently completed, with exceptional accolades, Bridges: Academic Leadership for Women at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Dr. Radford Curry is the Director of Fayetteville State University WHMP.  Dr  Radford Curry is from Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Dale B. Emeagwali
Dr. Emeagwali is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences.

Dr. Mingxian Jin, Web Manager
Dr. Jin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. She joined in the FSU faculty in August 2004. Her research areas are massively parallel computation, parallel models and algorithms, and biomedical computation. Dr. Jin received her B.S. in Computer Science from Wuhane University, China, and M.A. and Ph.D. both in Computer Science from Kent State University, OH. 

Dr. Kofi Johnson
Kofi Johnson is an associate professor of political science. He holds Ph.D in International Relations from Howard University, M.A. from University of North Dakota in Economics and Political Science, M.I.S. (Information Systems)  from North Carolina Central University and B.A. in Journalism and Political Science from University of North Dakota. He is a member of Sigma Delta Chi - Association of Professional Journalists.

Ms. Julia Kane
Ms. Kane received her BSN in 1998 from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. She then spent 5 years serving in the Army Nurse Corps. Sher received her MSN in Women's Health NP from Vanderbilt University and has been teaching in nursing for over 6 years. Her areas of focus are maternal-child health and improving interprofessional communication in healthcare. She is currently teaching Community Health Nursing in the RN-BSN program and clinical in Adult Health II in the pre-licensure BSN program.

Dr. Ella Keller
Dr. Keller is a Professor of Sociology. She received her Ph.D. from Mississippi State University, the M.A. from the University of Mississippi, and the B.A. from Jackson State University. Her areas of specialization are Family Sociology and Deviance. Dr. Keller is co-advisor for Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society and a 1997 recipient of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Award For Excellence in Teaching.

Dr. Karen McElrath
Dr. McElrath is a Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice. She joined in FSU in August 2013, after working and living in Ireland for several years. Her research tends to focus on drug use, particularly problem drug use.   Her studies have benefited from both quantitative and qualitative approaches and she enjoy sharing research findings with communities, including people who use drugs and people who work in treatment services.  Dr. McElrath has given (invited) lectures at conferences associated with the Society for the Study of Addiction (York, England), (UK) National Drug Treatment (London), the (US) National Coalition on Juvenile Justice, and the (US) National Conference on Law and Higher Education.  She have served as specialist advisor to the (UK) House of Commons, Northern Ireland Affairs Committee and worked previously for the Florida Department of Corrections and the United States Treasury. Dr. McElrath received her B.S. in Police Administration from University of Louisville, M.S. in Justice Administration from University of Louisville, and Ph.D. in Criminology from Florida State University.

Dr. Amanda Virelles
Dr. Virelles is an Assistant Professor of Piano at Fayetteville State University. She is known as a versatile musician, who has played for audiences around the world. Her performances have been described as sensible, profound, and energetic. She has performed as a soloist as well as collaborative artist throughout the United States, France, Russia, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, and Cuba. As a pedagogue Dr. Virelles has served as an Associate Professor of Music at Universidad del Atlántico in Colombia and the Conservatorio Nacional in Lima, Peru. Since her arrival to the United States, she has also served at the University of Southern Mississippi (Teaching Assistant) and as Assistant Professor of Piano at Lane College. During the last three years Amanda resided in Nashville, TN, and taught at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music and at the School of Music of Belmont University. She is a founder of the Philharmonic Society of Barranquilla, Colombia, member of the College Music Society, MTNA, and "Duo Guitiano" with Colombian-American guitarist Carlos Castilla.

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