Scholar Spotlight Articles


Scholar Spotlight Articles

The SREB DSP has some of the most elite and accomplished scholars in the country. Highlighted below are some of those that are making a significant difference in their academic, local and global communities. 

Shawanda Thomas

Two DSP grads prepare a generation of potential Ph.D. Scholars

In January 2016, the Doctoral Scholars Program staff re-established the DSP Service Grant. The $2,000 grant, supported by donations from program graduates and constituents, funds two service projects that are submitted by program graduates and helps graduates expand the educational experiences of the next generation of K-12 and undergraduate students. 

Dr. Jamie Fisher

2013 DSP Program Graduate
Vanderbilt University
Speech Language Pathology

Jamie Fisher


What is your mentoring style?
How one DSP grad found her mentoring method

Carrie Eaton is an associate professor of mathematics at Unity College in Unity, Maine. Eaton teaches interdisciplinary mathematics and mathematics pedagogy to undergraduate students. Along with her teaching load, she developed a professional development program at the University of Tennessee to improve teaching practices in undergraduate classrooms.

Eaton shares her experience and advice for those establishing their mentorship style.

Q. How did mentoring impact your doctoral program experience?

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Dr. Christopher Whitt

Teaching Institution: Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois

Field of Study: Political Science

DSP graduate turned Institute recruiter

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Dr. Harold Blanco

Teaching Institution: Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia

Field of Study: Instructional Technology

Leading the way for teachers in West Virginia. 

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Dr. Cynthia Taylor

Teaching Institution: University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, Arkansas

Field of Study: Instructional Technology

Increasing transparency in financial accounting for the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

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Dr. Thomas Washington

Teaching Institution: California State University, Long Beach, California

Field of Study: Social Work

A leader in HIV advocacy.

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Dr. B. D’Andra Orey

Teaching Institution: Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi

Field of Study: Political Science

Motivating the next generation of researchers.

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Dr. Venessa Funches

Teaching Institution: Auburn University, Montgomery, Alabama

Field of Study: Marketing

Preparing students for careers in hospitality.

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Dr. Eric Hairston

Teaching Institution: Elon University, Elon, North Carolina

Field of Study: English/Law and Humanities 

From Harlem to Hurston

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Dr. Alexandria Graves

Teaching Institution: North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina

Field of Study: Soil Microbiology

Exposing URMs to a career in soil microbiology.

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Melvin (Jai) Jackson

Teaching Institution: Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Field of Study: Educational Research/Higher Education Administration

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Dr. Karsonya Whitehead

Teaching Institution: University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland

Field of Study: Sociolinguistics

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Dr. Robert Osgood

Teaching Institution: University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Field of Study: Biology