Institutional Effectiveness Staff

Dr. Christine

Christine C. Thomas, PhD.
Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness
301 Councill Hall 
(334) 229-4742
ccthomas@alasu.edu

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.

Professional Expertise
Experienced accreditation evaluator, accountability in higher education, and the development of institutional policies and procedures.

Tanjula Petty

Dr. Tanjula Petty
Executive Director of Research, Assessment and Evaluation
125 Councill Hall
(334) 229-8444
tpetty@alasu.edu

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”.

Patina Moss

Patina Moss
Assessment Specialist
301 Councill Hall 301
(334) 229-7529
pmoss@alasu.edu

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
 

LaToya McCain

LaToya McClain
Staff Associate
301 Councill Hall
(334) 229-8531
lmcclain@alasu.edu

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.
 

Carol Williams

Carol Williams
Compliance and Policy Manager
215 Councill Hall
(334) 229-4692
cmwilliams@alasu.edu

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.  

Stephanie 'Alexander-Sampson

Stephanie Alexander-Sampson
Accreditation Specialist
125 Life Science Building
(334) 229-6482
salexander@alasu.edu

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.

Shae Robinson

Shae Robinson
Institutional Effectiveness Coordinator
120 Life Science Building
(334) 229-8637
srobinson@alasu.edu

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.

LaTonya Kennedy

LaTonya Kennedy
Institutional Effectiveness Specialist
125 Life Science Building
(334) 229-8442
lkennedy@alasu.edu

Ms. Kennedy is a graduate of Troy State University in Montgomery with a Bachelor's degree in Finance.  She has been employed with Alabama State University since 2010.  As the Institutional Effectiveness Specialist, her primary duties include assisting the non-instructional units in the areas of planning, assessment, data collection, analysis, and documenting evidence improvement.  She implements effective and sustainable assessment practices with a primary emphasis on continuous improvement of services as well as ensuring the Institution's compliance with SACSCOC.  Additionally, she is responsible for assisting the Executive Director with Faculty Credentialing as required by SACSCOC.
 

Avis Wheeler

Avis Wheeler
Learning and Development Officer
125 Life Science Building
(334) 229-8649
awheeler@alasu.edu

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 Temple

Ella M. Temple, PhD
Director of Research and Sponsored Programs
G.W. Trenholm Hall, Room 1
(334) 229-4234
etemple@alasu.edu

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.

Dorothy Birl-Johnson

Dorothy Birl-Johnson
Administrative Secretary
G.W. Trenholm Hall, Room 1
(334) 229-8422
dbjohnson@alasu.edu

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.

Kecia Robertson

Kecia Robertson
Grants and Contracts Administrator
G.W. Trenholm Hall, Room 1
(334) 229-7519
krobertson@alasu.edu

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.

Shalandra Rogers

Shalandra T. Rogers
Compliance and Post Awards Services Manager
G.W. Trenholm Hall, Room 1
(334) 229-8435
strogers@alasu.edu

Shalandra Rogers is a native Alabamian who grew up in Elba, Alabama. She is a 1995 graduate of Elba High School and a 1999 and 2005 graduate of Troy University. Shalandra holds a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation and a Master of Science in Community Counseling.

Shalandra has spent the majority of her career working in the social services field.  Her jobs have included positions such as Case Manager, Prevention Services Coordinator, Mental Health Therapist and Youth Program Specialist. Shalandra spent a short time working in post-secondary education as the GEAR UP Coordinator within the Alabama Community College System.

Shalandra comes to the Alabama State University after living in Austin, Texas for six years and working for the Texas Department of Transportation. In her role at the Department of Transportation, Shalandra served as a Traffic Funding Specialist within the Traffic Operations Division where she managed multi-million dollar federal and state grants and contracts.

Bryn Bakoyema

Bryn Bakoyéma
Director of Institutional Research
205 McGehee Hall 
(334) 229-4360
bbakoyema@alasu.edu

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.
 

Jowaune Williams

Jowaune Williams
Senior Statistician
205 McGehee Hall
(334) 229-6858
jawilliams@alasu.edu

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.
 

Cynthia Swain

Cynthia Swain
Testing Center Coordinator
105 McGehee Hall
(334) 229-4864
cswain@alasu.edu

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.
 

Stacy TImmons

Stacey Timmons
Assessment Specialist
105 McGehee Hall
(334) 229-4721
stimmons@alasu.edu

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.