Institutional Effectiveness Staff
Christine C. Thomas, PhD.
Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness
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Dr. Christine C. Thomas is the Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Institutional Liaison at Alabama State University. She has more than 25 years of combined experience in teaching, assessment and evaluation, and accreditation. She is an innovative higher education administrator who serves as an advocate for continuous improvement. Dr. Thomas has secured the establishment of funded initiatives that focus on faculty development, research, and teaching practices, and her pragmatic leadership style has advanced institutional compliance with accrediting agencies andevidencebased decision making.
Her formal education includes a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia, an M.B.A. from William Woods University, an M.S. in Leadership Studies from Troy University, and a B.S. in Business Administration from Alabama State University (ASU). Dr. Thomas has completed post-doctoral study at Harvard University Graduate School of Education’s Institute for Women in Leadership (WIL). She annually participates in national and international programs that focus on advancing organizations and transformational leadership.
Research Interest and Projects
Christine’s research and teaching interests focus on pathways to student success, first generation, students, adult education, and exploring the interplay of higher education policies and practices and the critical role these domains play in continuous improvement and institutional advancement. Her research also explores assessment and evaluation, regional and specialized accreditation.
Experienced accreditation evaluator, accountability in higher education, and the development of institutional policies and procedures.
Dr. Tanjula Petty
Executive Director of Research, Assessment and Evaluation
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Dr. Tanjula Petty is a highly sought after higher education administrator with 15 years of extensive experience in academic affairs and institutional effectiveness. She is an accomplished, collaborative, energetic, experienced, and a Lean Six Sigma servant leader with extensive experience in a multiplicity of areas in higher education, including but not limited to, academic and student affairs, diversity, enrollment management, institutional effectiveness and research, fiscal accountability, facilities planning, public relations, assessments, strategic planning, student learning outcomes, and accreditation standards.
She completed her doctoral studies at ASU and was inducted into the Alpha Gamma Chi Honor Society; receiving the 2013 Distinguished Dissertation Award presented by the Council of Historically Black Graduate Schools (CHBGS) and ProQuest, and joined the ranks of award recipients in the ProQuest “Hall of Scholars”.
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Ms. Patina Moss has been with Alabama State University since 2011. During Ms. Moss' tenure at ASU, she has had the opportunity to render quality customer service as an Admissions Assistant and provided administrative support in Academic Affairs. Ms. Moss currently works in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness assisting with collecting and assessing data including reviewing policies to ensure they are effective and compliant according to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Ms. Moss attended the University of Alabama and the University of Phoenix where she earned a BS in Public Administration. She is a native of Montgomery, Alabama
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Mrs. McClain has more than 20 years of professional experience that includes Office Administration, Human Resources, technical support of mainframe and client server applications, user training and project support. Mrs. McClain completed her undergraduate work at Auburn University Montgomery and received her Master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Troy University Montgomery.
Compliance and Policy Manager
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Carol Williams is an accomplished administrative professional with over 20 years of experience in higher education administration, organizational leadership, research and compliance, including academic and international affairs. She is experienced in effective planning and program development, managing and organizing institutional initiatives to support student development, institutional effectiveness, and university leadership. She is recognized for her transitional leadership at the university level creating, developing, and promoting a positive culture of change to support and trengthen the vision, mission, and goals of the University.
Ms. Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, a master’s degree in Public Management and is currently pursuing her doctorate in Education Leadership, Policy and Law.
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Mrs. Alexander-Sampson has been with the University since 2008. Stephanie works closely with the Accreditation Liaison in all aspects and processes of the University's accreditation and reaffirmation. Prior to coming to ASU, Mrs. Alexander-Sampson worked for more than 10 years with Macon County Schools and for Attorney Fred Gray.
Mrs. Alexander-Sampson also works as a Planning Commissioner for the city of Shorter, Alabama where she worked closely with the Mayor in City Ordinance Planning. Stephanie holds a BA in Business Administration from Faulkner University.
Institutional Effectiveness Coordinator
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Mrs. Shae Robinson earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Auburn University at Montgomery and her Master of Business Administration from Faulkner University. As the Institutional Effectiveness Coordinator, Mrs. Robinson is responsible for coordinating university processes associated with strategic planning and institutional effectiveness including institutional assessments, compliance and research. She has over twenty years of experience in higher education, banking, finance, and accounting. Throughout her career she has managed budgets, facilitated workshops, developed trainings, led in data analysis and collection, participated in strategic planning committees and more.
Institutional Research Specialist
205 McGehee Hall
Ms. LaTonya Kennedy is a graduate of Troy State University in Montgomery with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance. She has over 20 years of experience as a financial professional in the banking and mortgage industry. She has been employed with Alabama State University since 2010, working in the areas of Institutional Research and Institutional Effectiveness. As the Institutional Research Specialist, she is responsible for: data updates and maintenance of the two annual office publications; data analysis and review assistance of internal and external reports to insure data integrity; assists with the execution of surveys, focus groups, and interview projects; maintains a data dashboard; updates and maintains the IR office web-page; and oversee the project management system to insure timely completion of all requests entered into the system and to comply with state, federal, and accreditation requirements. Additionally, she serves on the Non-Instructional Assessment Committee and assists in the areas of planning, assessment, data collection, analysis, and documentation of evidence improvement.
Learning and Development Officer
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Mrs. Avis Wheeler is an alumnus of Huntingdon College and Troy State University, Montgomery from which she earned a Master of Science in Management. She is certified in Training and Development by the University of Alabama and Lean Six Sigma through the Six Sigma Global Institute. Her experience includes conducting needs assessments, career coaching, training development and facilitation. Mrs. Wheeler's expertise lies in soft skills training facilitation including the following topics: Civility in the Workplace, Customer Service, and Team Building. She holds memberships with the Association for Talent and Development and the Society for Human Resource Management.
Ella M. Temple, PhD
Director of Research and Sponsored Programs
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Dr. Temple brings 25 years of research, teaching, grant development and administration experience to ASU. She received her BS in political science from The University of North Alabama and was directly accepted into the political science/public administration doctoral program at The University of Alabama. While completing her doctoral studies, she fell in love with research and in 1999 received her doctorate in education research from The University of Alabama program in Educational Studies in Psychology, Research Methodology, and Counseling.
She worked at UAB for over 13 years in various capacities specializing in education and health grant administration, recruiting and overseeing research operations for clinical trials, observational and longitudinal epidemiological studies. Some of the projects and academic divisions include: Healthy passages (CDC Multi-site adolescent health study), Division of Preventive Medicine Recruitment and Shared Facility (PLCO, WHI, NLST, FACTS, MOST, Deep South Network, REACH 2010, CANCor) and the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology (Project Director/Co-Investigator GWAS International Stroke Study).
Most importantly for ten years she worked with the NIH funded REGARDS study (Reason for Geographic and Racial Difference in Stroke) where numerous economic, health, geographic, anthropometric, food frequency, blood/urine/EKG assessments were collected. Areas of responsibility included operations management, data quality assurance, data manager, research assistant professor and director. At Stillman College Dr. Temple was the financial grant and contracts administrator with financial oversight of all sponsored programs. She served as Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Research and was appointed Interim Vice President of Institutional Advancement. As VP she initiated the first grass roots community effort to raise $100,000 in 30 days. Successful, the campaign raised over $120,000 within the thirty-day time period.
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Dorothy Birl-Johnson is a native of Alabama who grew up in Demopolis, Alabama. She is a 1983 graduate of Demopolis High School and a 1986 graduate of Alabama State University. Dorothy received her Associate’s degree in Office Administration.
Dorothy has spent the majority of her career working in the credit, mortgage and financial industries. Her jobs have included positions with Hancock Holding Company, Regions Bank d/b/a Regions Mortgage, Bank of America Home Loans f/k/a Countrywide Mortgage, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Alabama and the Credit Bureau of Montgomery an Equifax Affiliate.
Dorothy says that her heart is near and dear to Alabama State University because of the legacy that her family has begun with the university. Her husband is a 1983 Criminal Justice graduate, their twin daughters’ are 2010 Business Management graduates, and their youngest daughter is currently a junior, majoring in Rehabilitation Services at ASU.
Grants and Contracts Administrator
G.W. Trenholm Hall, Room 1
Kecia Robertson is no stranger to ASU. The former Benefits Manager in the Office of Human Resources Department for over seven years has returned to the ASU family after serving an appointment as the Director of Compensation and Benefits in the two-year College System, in Texas. She is now the Grants and Contracts Administrator for the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs where she will utilize her experience in strategic planning, project management, process improvement, contract administration, records management, budgeting and financial reporting, auditing and data analysis, and training to facilitate grants and contracts participation and maintenance.
Kecia acquired these multiple skills throughout her career as a former Director of Compensation and Benefits, former Director of Human Resources and Finance, a Revenue Analyst, a Pardon and Paroles Interstate Compact Assistant, and an Adjunct Instructor at ASU. In addition, the Montgomery native and Lanier High School graduate holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Banking and a Master in Business Administration degree in Human Resources from Troy University.
Director of Institutional Research
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Bryn has led research, evaluation, and data management support efforts for diverse and expansive teams in the non-profit, government, and higher education sectors. She thrives on supporting individuals and organizations to continuously improve and achieve results.
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Jowaune Williams is a graduate of Alabama State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in General Counseling. He has been employed with ASU since 2008. His primary responsibilities are performing a wide range of statistical analyses on research projects and studies according to the mission, vision and strategic plan of the University. He provides a compilation of Institutional data necessary for the completion of various data reports required by off-campus agencies as well as internal requests. Additionally, he acts as the database liaison and interpretive information resource to the University community and serves as a conduit for effective information exchange and collaboration among researchers.
Testing Center Coordinator
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Cynthia Swain, Testing Center Coordinator, has been with Alabama State University Testing Center since February 2005. A native of Alabama, she has held positions as Testing Specialist and Evaluation System Operator. She holds an M. S. in General Counseling from Alabama State University and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law at Alabama State University. She is responsible for establishing policies and procedures to ensure high standards of educational integrity that meet the needs of our students, faculty, administration and community.
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Ms. Timmons is a graduate of Alabama State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Ms. Timmons has been employed with Alabama State University since 1999. In April 2018, she earned her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification. Six Sigma is a carefully designed set of tools and techniques that help improve processes within an organization. The primary goal of Six Sigma Certification is to identify errors or defects in a business process and eliminate them. Her primary responsibilities include training faculty on Sedona Systems for Faculty Credentialing, E-Proctoring, administering national exams such as the National ACT and ACT Residual, file management, data input, and other testing activities. She also implements procedures to guarantee the security of testing materials.