Academics: Faculty


Our Faculty

Spelman College believes in a holistic approach to learning and strives to create a cohesive academic and co-curricular experience that benefits each student. The Spelman faculty is comprised of approximately 180 full-time teacher/scholars guiding more than 27 majors. 86% percent of Spelman’s full-time faculty hold the Ph.D. or other terminal degree, and many are Spelman graduates. Our student/faculty ratio of 10:1 allows for close mentoring and  guidance so that our faculty and students develop bonds that last well into the future.  

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Recent Faculty Highlights and Accomplishments

Spelman faculty are known for their notable work in the classroom and beyond the College's gates. Read about their accomplishments here.

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  • Nayena Blankson
    Nayena Blankson

    July 2015
    Nayena Blankson, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, is conducting research funded through a 2014 Academic Research Enhancement Award (R15) from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).  Dr. Blankson’s research program focuses on how school-entry cognitive processes, examined within the context of classroom quality and student-teacher relationships, may serve as determinants of early reading and math achievement among an economically diverse sample of African American children in elementary school.  

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  • Aditi Pai
    Aditi Pai

    July 2015
    Aditi Pai, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant for Biology education which will pilot a novel introductory biology course intervention centered on a genetics and genealogy (G&G) approach. Students will be invited into biology education with the discovery of unique facts about themselves-their genes and genealogy, their history, and their relatedness to other humans in the world. This will be enhanced with a visual art project with an app called “DNA Portrait Builder”. The G&G modules design and development will occur at Spelman’s Teaching Resources and Research Center (TRRC) in collaboration with internationally recognized experts who will visit and engage with Spelman community in the next three years. 

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  • Tarshia Stanley
    Tarshia Stanley

    July 2015

    Tarshia Stanley, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of English, has been elected to the Executive Council of the Association of Departments of English. Since 1963, the ADE has provided information and professional development for chairs of its approximately 700 member departments and provided important leadership for departments and the profession.  Dr. Stanley will serve a 3-year term on the 12-member board.

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  • Bruce Wade

    July 2015
    Bruce Wade, Ph.D., professor of sociology and director of the College Census Information Center, is a veteran summer study-abroad faculty leader. He has accompanied many students to South Africa in years past, and this summer served as co-director of the CIEE study travel program to Portugal with support from the Gordon Zeto Center. Dr. Wade has also recently published two works related to his interests in student health attitudes and behaviors and racial identity, cited as follows:

    •2015 Pass, Kenneth, Younge, Sinead N., Al-Bayan, M. and Bruce H. Wade (In press) A Qualitative Analysis of Emerging Adult Black Men’s Sexual Decision-Making Behavior and Substance Use” Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse.
    •2015“The Racial Framing of The Barack Obama Presidency: A Mixed Methods Analysis of HBCU Student Perceptions” in Race in the Age of Obama Part 2. Donald Cunnigen and Marino Bruce (Eds.). Emerald Group Publishing: Bingley, United Kingdom.

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2015 Presidential
Faculty Awards

In honor of outstanding teaching and scholarship, President Campbell acknowledged Spelman faculty with awards during the Aug. 20 Opening Convocation for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Jeffrey Ehme, Ph.D., professor and chair of mathematics, Senior Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award

Jimmeka Guillory, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology, Junior Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award

Christine Sizemore, Ph.D., professor emerita of English, Senior Faculty Excellence in Scholarship Award

Jakita Thomas, Ph.D., assistant professor of computer science, Junior Faculty Excellence in Scholarship Award

Anne Bradford Warner, Ph.D., associate professor of English (retired) and director emerita of the Comprehensive Writing Program, Distinguished Service Award

Leyte Winfield, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Vulcan Excellence in Teaching Award

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