Transitioning to a Faculty Role
SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program Webinar Series

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Transitioning from doctoral student to professor can be both exciting and challenging. In this webinar, SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program alumni discussed their experiences navigating the transition into the professoriate. The panelists also provided advice on how to adjust to your new role, continue to grow your professional skills and balance service and academic commitments.


Dr. T. Ramon StuartT. Ramon Stuart, Ph.D., is provost and vice president of Academic Affairs at Fort Valley State University, where he provides direction for the Office of Academic Affairs, the hub of curricular and co-curricular student programming at the university. Prior to joining FVSU, he was a key leader at West Virginia State University, where he developed an engineering 2+2 degree program and aided in increasing retention by almost 10 percent in three academic years. Dr. Stuart previously taught students at K-12, associate, baccalaureate and graduate levels. His successes in the classroom led his peers at West Virginia State Community and Technical College to select him as faculty member of the year before electing him to serve two consecutive terms as the institution’s faculty senate president. 

Dr. Stuart earned his doctorate in higher education administration from the Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education at Ohio University. He earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University. More about Dr. Stuart >

Dr. Betina Cutaia WilkinsonBetina Cutaia Wilkinson, Ph.D., is associate professor and associate chair of the Politics and International Affairs Department at Wake Forest University. She is also director of the Race, Inequality and Policy Initiative. Dr. Wilkinson’s research falls into four broad categories: 1. Attitudes toward race policies, 2. The Latinx electorate in the South, 3. Latinxs and the criminal justice system and 4. Race and individuals’ perceptions of corruption. Her latest book project, Partners or Rivals? Power and Latino, Black and White Relations in the 21st Century (University of Virginia Press, 2015) won the American Political Science Association REP Section’s Best Book Award on Inter-Race Relations in the United States. More about Dr. Wilkinson >

Dr. Annice Yarber-AllenAnnice Yarber-Allen, Ph.D., is dean of the College of Letters and Sciences at Columbus State University in Georgia. Dr. Yarber-Allen joined the faculty at the university in 2018 as a professor and chair of the department of criminal justice and sociology. Prior to CSU, she chaired the department of sociology, anthropology, and geography at the Auburn University Montgomery campus.

Dr. Yarber-Allen holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and a Ph.D. in medical sociology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She also earned a master of social work degree at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. More about Dr. Yarber-Allen >