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Former Retention Coordinator and Learning Specialist

Ridgeland, MS
October 27, 2018

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To obtain a position with an organization that will best utilize my skills, knowledge and training attained through education and experience.


Doctorate of Philosophy, Educational Administration and Supervision

Jackson State University Jackson, MS August 2013-present

Master of Science, Education (Health, Physical Education, and Recreation)

Jackson State University Jackson, MS August 2013

Master of Arts, Higher Education and Student Personnel

The University of Mississippi Oxford, MS May 1998

Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education

The University of Mississippi Oxford, MS May 1995


Jackson State University

Learning Specialist, Athletic Department

October 2017 to June 2018

Provide academic advising and support services to student-athletes on assigned teams, as well as to student athletes diagnosed with learning disabilities or learning deficiencies

Assess and evaluate student athletes’ academic needs using research and knowledge gained in the field to create a sustained and individualized support system to academic success, and help develop independent learners

Monitor the athletic and academic progress of at-risk student-athletes

Develop class schedules and degree plans for assigned students, with an emphasis on University, SWAC, and NCAA academic eligibility requirements

Serve as a liaison between the AAEC and the Office of Disability Services in order to develop and administer a comprehensive program to assess student-athletes for learning difficulties and disabilities; and coordinate educational assistance and accommodations to allow student-athletes to perform successfully in college

Coordinate initial diagnostic testing of student-athletes with a licensed professional and/or gather necessary special education documentation from high school/previous institution

Obtained competency in Athletic Compliance Process (PSA, MCF, APR) for NCAA Division I eligibility

Jackson State University

Retention Coordinator, Undergraduate Studies

January 2008 to October 2017

Developed, coordinated and implemented University wide retention efforts

Devised and implemented programs and strategies that will increase the first to second semester freshmen and fall to fall retention rates


Developed and implemented academic support programs for students

Assisted in Orientation Programming

Performed academic advising functions

Developed General Studies degree plans

Performed degree audits

Participated in the admissions process

Jackson Public School District


November 2004 to December 2007

Prepared and taught lesson plans for Reading, Language, Science and Social Studies

Managed 90+ students in departmental team-taught setting

Managed and maintained classroom behavior and provided individual and group instruction

Adapted teaching style to facilitate effective learning with a diverse student population

Delgado Community College

Retention Counselor, Division of Student Affairs

December 2003 to November 2004

Provided academic/retention advising to students for West Bank campus

Participated in Orientation, Academic Advising, Registration, and Support Services (OARS) for new students

Developed General Studies degree plans and performed degree audits

Participated in the admissions process

Served as resource person for educational/retention programs

Taught CCSS107, Community College Success Skills

University of Mississippi Athletics Department

Academic Advisor for Athletics, Office of Student-Athlete Services

August 1997 to December 2003

Served as an athletic representative in recruiting student athletes

Organized new student athlete orientation

Maintained academic progress of eight teams (Women’s Basketball, Softball, Volleyball, Tennis Men’s Golf, Men & Women’s Track and Tennis)

Maintained satisfactory progress records and generated reports

Communicated with faculty regarding student athletes’ academic progress

Reported academic progress to coaches and coaching staff

Advised and assisted student athletes with academic requirements as related to SEC and NCAA rules and regulations

Hired and trained tutors and study hall monitors

Organized study hall and individual tutoring sessions

Conduct weekly meetings with freshmen and “at risk” students

Provided organized tutorial and study sessions while traveling with the women’s basketball team

Chaired subcommittee on academics for CHAMPS Life Skills program


University of Mississippi Athletics Department

Interim Director, Office of Student-Athlete Services

January 2003 to March of 2003

Evaluated initial eligibility documents for high school and transfer students

Organized on-campus recruiting and orientations for incoming athletes

Coordinated and delegated day-to-day office tasks and responsibilities

Supervised a staff of six

Acted as signatory officer for official correspondence

Drafted all nomination forms for athletic and academic honors and scholarships

Coordinated textbook distribution, collection, and records

Reimbursed students for off campus book and supply purchases

University Counseling Center

Graduate Assistant

August 1996-August 1997

Scheduled appointments and maintained confidential client files

Responsible for input of client information into computer system

Administered and scored the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

Assumed support staff responsibilities

University of Mississippi Athletics Department

Paraprofessional, Office of the Asst. Athletic Director for Internal Affairs

January 1997 to May of 1997

Helped the Assistant Athletic Director with the coordination of activities associated with Title IX community involvement, human resources, and marketing

Assisted in the coordination and implementation of a Women’s Sports Awareness Week

Facilitated the administration of a student survey

Assisted in the development and implementation of the Community Involvement Program (CIP)

University of Mississippi Image Program

Summer Bridge Program Coordinator Assistant

June 1996 to August 1997

Assisted in the coordination of the Summer Bridge program

Supervised six counselors

Monitored student class attendance by performing random class checks

Served on the planning committee for the 1997 Summer Bridge Program

Enforced program’s disciplinary polices, rules and guidelines

University Counseling Services

Orientation Academic Advisor

June 1992 to August 1996

Advised incoming students on tentative academic schedules

Organized and scheduled individual counseling sessions with over forty students

Supervised over forty Summer Orientation Leaders

Student Housing & Residence Life

Resident Advisor, Community Living Leadership Leader (C3L), & Desk Assistant

August 1993 to December 1996


Managed a residence floor that consisted of 40+ female students

Prepared social, emotional, life-planning, physical, and academic programming for the residents

Prepared program budgets and evaluations

Conducted room and dorm equipment inventories at the beginning and end of the semester

Tracked the flow of residence hall visitation and equipment

Provided the residents with a link to the University Counseling Services

Managed Intramural Sports

University Teaching & Learning Center

Coordinator of Tutoring Services

June 1995 to August 1996

Identified and placed tutors into the most cohesive positions for the unit.

Updated student files and followed up with counselors on student progress.

Initiated correspondence with parents whose children participated in an academic support program

Administered placement tests


Jackson State University

Instructor, Learning to Learn

August 2008 to August 2016

Taught GNST 200, Learning to Learn

Prepared instructional lectures for “Learning to Learn,” to assist students in determining what obstacles are interfering with their learning, in overcoming their problems and in gaining self-confidence and self determination

Developed class requirements, assignments, and projects

Administered tests/quizzes to assess learning

Delgado Community College

Instructor, Community College Success Skills

January 2004 to May 2004

Taught CCSS 107, Community College Success Skills

Prepared instructional lectures for “College Success Skills,” for the enhancement of problem-solving and independent learning skills; educational planning; development of academic success skills; exploration of strategies to manage student’s time and career planning

Developed class requirements, assignments, and projects

Administered tests/quizzes to assess learning

University of Mississippi

Instructor, First Year Seminars

August 2002 to December 2002

Taught EDLD 105, First Year Seminar

Prepared instructional lectures for “First Year Experience,” which helped first-year students adjust to the University, develop a better understanding of the learning process & begin the major/career exploration process

Developed class requirements, assignments, and projects

Administered tests/quizzes to assess learning

University of Mississippi

Teaching Assistant

August 1995 to December 1995

Taught EDLD 101, Study Skills for College

Prepared Lesson Plans for each class lecture

Tested and evaluated student progress


Knowledgeable in Microsoft Office Packages and Windows Operating Systems (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)

Knowledgeable in Banner/PAWS student information system

Knowledgeable in utilization of Canvas student Learning Management Systems

Educated in Student Information Systems (SIS) and Systems Application & Production in Data Processing (SAP)


Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Work well with diverse populations


Jackson State University Retention Advisory Board (RAB)

Jackson State University’s Default Prevention and Management Team

Jackson State University’s Honors College Advisory Board

President/Advisor for Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society

Mississippi AA Certified Teacher (K-12)

National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (former member)

University of Mississippi CHAMPS Life Skills Committee and Subcommittee chair on Academics (former)

National Academic Advising Association, NACADA (current member)


Mr. David Harris

Athletic Director

Northern Iowa State University

1227 W 27th Street

Cedar Falls, IA 50614


Mr. Derek Horne

Director of Athletics

Alcorn State University

1000 Alcorn Drive St 359

Lorman, MS 39096


Mrs. Lynnette Y. Johnson

Executive Assoc. Athletics Director- Women’s Division

University of Mississippi

Gillom Sports Complex

University, MS 38677


Ms. Tonja Jones-Bartholomew


Delgado Community College

City Park Campus

615 City Park Avenue

New Orleans, LA 70119


Earvin Jones, Sr.

Senior Pastor Fellowship Bible Church

Highway 51 South

P.O. Box 250

Canton, MS 39046

601-***-**** (office)

601-***-**** (home)

Ms. Jacquline Vinson

Project Coordinator -- Mississippi Alliance for Minority Participation

University of Mississippi

Summerville 111

University, MS 38677


Mr. David K. Wells

Senior Assoc. Athletic Director – Compliance & Student Services (Retired)

University of Mississippi

University, MS 38677


662-***-**** (home)

Dr. Evelyn J. Leggette

Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs


Jackson State University

Jackson, MS 39217



Mr. German Bello Dr. Robert Blaine

Director, Student-Athlete Services Chief Administrative Officer

Division of Athletics City of Jackson

Jackson State University Jackson, MS

Jackson, MS 39217 601-***-****



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