Academics: Research Programs

G-STEM Team Members 

My ProvostInterim Provost of Academic Affairs: Myra Burnett, Ph.D.
PI for G-STEM and Associate Professor of Psychology
350 Spelman Lane, SW Box 1209
Atlanta, GA 30314

Dr. Myra Burnett is the Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Spelman College. As Interim Provost, Dr. Burnett provides leadership to the Academic Affairs division of the College, including developing and implementing strategic initiatives to create and enhance signature academic programming for 21st Century learners.  As the College’s Accreditation Liaison to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Dr. Burnett led the successful 2011 reaffirmation of regional accreditation for Spelman College. In 2013, Dr. Burnett was appointed as an executive member of the Congressional Black Caucus 21st Century Council, representing interests in higher education.

Dr. Burnett’s professional service has included membership on regional and national advisory committees, including the Advisory Committee for the Education and Human Resources Directorate, National Science Foundation; an Expert Panel for a joint committee of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences and Howard Hughes Medical Institute (NIGMS-HHMI); the Advisory Board for the Social Science Research Council project, “Learning in Higher Education: Are Disadvantaged Students Catching Up or Falling Further Behind?”

A graduate of Harvard University, Dr. Burnett received a master’s degree in Social Psychology from Stanford University and the doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Duke University.

Associate Provost for Global Education: 'Dimeji Togunde, Ph.D.
Title III Activity Director for G-STEM and Professor of International Studies
350 Spelman Lane, SW, Box 343
Atlanta, GA 30314

Dr. ‘Dimeji Togunde serves as the Associate Provost for Global Education
and professor of International Studies at Spelman College. His roles include providing leadership for the implementation of the College’s Strategic Planning and its Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), also known as Spelman Going Global!, which is the center-piece of the College’s reaccreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

As the College’s Chief International Officer; he provides guidance and direction for all of the College’s global learning initiatives and strategic international partnership engagements. He oversees the Office of Study Abroad, Office of Cultural Orientation, Center for International Affairs, International Student Services and Advising, and all study-travel programs directed by faculty and staff.

Prior to joining Spelman College in August 2011, Dr. Togunde spent the last 15 years at Albion College in Michigan, where he held the John S. Ludington Endowed Chair in the Social Sciences as Professor of Sociology, and served as Chair of the Department of Anthropology/Sociology, and Director of Ethnic Studies Program.

Dr. Togunde is responsible for overseeing the study abroad office, all faculty-led study-travel programs, including G-STEM, and for building/strengthening strategic international partnerships aimed at enhancing faculty research and students' global learning experiences.  

G-STEM Director: Kai McCormack, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
Project Director, Co-PI
350 Spelman Lane, SW Box 340
Atlanta, GA 30314

Dr. Kai McCormack is responsible for building upon existing study abroad experiences, and developing research partnerships with individual departments and researchers. 

She is responsible for the identification of possible international mentors at these institutions, and the pairing of G-STEM scholars with the foreign mentors and the Spelman mentors.  Dr. McCormack works closely with the external evaluator in the collection and reporting of her findings.

G-STEMG-STEM Program Manager: Karen Clay, Ed.S
Program Manager
350 Spelman Lane, SW, Box 340
Atlanta, GA 30314

Ms. Clay is a youth development leader with over 15 years in student services setting-up and administering programs in academic settings including marketing programs and recruiting students.  She provides a systematic inquiry of complex issues surrounding the engagement of multicultural student populations in institutional settings domestically and abroad through collaborative learning, STEM advisement and international partnership development techniques and strategies.

Ms. Clay is responsible for creating innovative and integrated techniques and strategies for collaborative student learning, STEM recruitment and screening, program marketing and development, general program management and daily office operations.  Further, the program manager oversees daily operations of the international partnerships, student advising/orientation/mentoring and evaluation of research sites.