Academics: Center for Academic Planning and Success

Spelman College Graduates

CAPS Director

Francesina JacksonDr. Francesina Jackson is an educator for whom student success is the primary focus of her professional life. She currently serves as the director of Spelman’s Center for Academic Planning and Success (CAPS) where she is also the principal investigator for the College’s First in the World Grant. Her research focuses on study-strategy effectiveness, metacognition, accreditation of teacher education programs and multiculturalism. 

Dr. Jackson taught middle and high school before moving to the collegiate level. While working in post-secondary education, She has served as professor and chair of teacher education programs at Spelman and Paine College. She was the associate dean of the School of Education at Clark Atlanta University and assistant dean of the School of Education at North Carolina Central University. In addition, Dr. Jackson served as the interim chair of the Teacher Education Program at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. 

Among some of the journals which Dr. Jackson has published are: Planning for Higher Education, Multicultural Perspectives,The High School Journal, Learning, Adolescent & Adult Literacy, Reading Research and Instruction and the Journal of Reading.  She also served as the associate editor for textbooks in Multicultural Perspectives where she published over 15 book reviews. In addition, she published book chapters in Literacy Instruction for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students edited by Michael F. Opitz and Making Connections between Multicultural and Global Education Teacher Educators and Teacher Education Programs by Merry Merryfield.  

While at NCCU, Dr. Jackson received an Excellence in Teaching award. Jackson also directed a number of study abroad programs, under the auspices of the Fulbright-Hays grant, in Africa and the Caribbean. For a number of years, she served as a consultant with the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Her work at the Georgia Professional Standards Commission focused on the accreditation of teacher education programs. These experiences have given Dr. Jackson a unique perspective on the teaching and learning process. 

Selected Publications

Jackson, R.S., Davis, J.H., Jackson, F.R. (2010). Redesigning regional accreditation: The impact on institutional planning. Planning for Higher Education. 38(4), 9-19.

Bacon, E.; Banks, J.; Young, K.; Jackson, F.R. (2007). Perceptions of African American and European American teachers on the Education of African American boys. Multiple Voices for Ethnically Diverse Exceptional Learners, 10 (1-2), 160-172.

Bacon, E., Jackson, F., Young, K. (2005). Voices of African American male students with behavior problems: Perspectives of schooling. Multiple Voices, 8(1), 1-6.

Funded Projects

PI: First in the World – Spelman College  (U.S. Department of Education) 2,665,497.00 (2015)

PI:  GA NTEP (state supported grant to support initiatives in the Education Studies Program)($10,000.00) (2013)

Senior Consultant:   NSF NOYCE:  Building CAU capacity to Prepare STEM Teachers for High Need K-12 School Districts - PI:  Eric A. Mintz, Ph.D. (2012)

UNCF Teaching/Learning Institute at Paine College ($25,000) (2008)

CAU Liaison with Georgia State University Professional Development Grant to recruit teachers ($300,000 over a 5 year period) (2004)

Fulbright-Hays Group Study-Abroad Grant to Nicaragua ($58,000.00) (Summer, 2004).

Senior Consultant, NASA Granentitled, Clark Atlanta University and Partners Center for Preparing Mathematics and Science Teachers for Urban Schools. (2002) ($597,660.00).

Fulbright-Hays Group Study-Abroad Grant.to Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, and Martinique (co-recipient with L. Henderson) (Summer, 1997) ($48,000.00).

Faculty Grant-in-Aid Award. North Carolina Central University (Co-recipient with L. Henderson) (Spring 1994 & 1995) ($2,000.00).

Faculty Grant-in-Aid Award. North Carolina Central University (Co-recipient with L. Henderson (supported travel to Cuba).

Fulbright-Hays Group Study-Abroad Grantto Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago (Co-recipient with L. Henderson (Summer 1993) ($58,000.00).