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Nikki Youngblood Giles

by Angela Wood | November 30, 2020

Spelman alumna Nikki Youngblood GilesNikki Youngblood Giles, Ed.D., C’2000, is vice dean for campus life and was previously dean for Beyond Barnard, Barnard College’s newest initiative supporting students and alumnae as they define, pursue and achieve success in their careers and communities.

Giles’ career focus is on student development, advising and program development — especially for students under-represented in higher education. She was the lead for the college’s opportunity programs for a number of years and before that served as director of student programming for the Council for Opportunity in Education, the advocacy group supporting federal TRIO programs in Washington, D.C.

A child development graduate from Spelman, Giles earned her master’s degree at Teachers College of Columbia University, and most recently earned her doctorate in higher education administration from Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. Her qualitative research examined the resiliency behaviors of first-generation college students and their positive impact on their persistence toward college completion. She resides in Harlem, New York, with her husband and two children. 

Educators List

Last Name Starts With A - L

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Beverly Colwell Adams, Ph.D., C’74 - Assistant dean and associate professor, University of Virginia,  Charlottesville, Virginia

Angela J. Alexander, Ph.D., C’79 - Assistant professor/director, Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, Louisiana

Chandra L. Alston, Ph.D., C’97 - Assistant professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

M. Ahinee Amamoo, Ph.D. MS, C'98 - Associate professor and director of graduate studies, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama

Kimberly Ruth Jacob Arriola, Ph.D., C’94 - Associate professor, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Patricia Ann Banks, Ph.D., C’98 - Associate professor of sociology, Mount Holyoke, South Hadley, Massachusettes

Riche´ Daniel Barnes, Ph.D., C’95 - Dean and chief academic adviser, Pierson College, New Haven, Connecticut

Lise-Pauline M. Barnett, Ed.D, C’99 - Associate professor, Harrisburg Area Community College,  Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Kimberly Nicole Bennekin, Ph.D, C'93 - Professor, Perimeter College at Georgia State University,  Atlanta, Georgia

Angela Denise Benson, Ph.D., C’81 - Associate professor, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Jessica Page Bergeron, Ph.D., C’2000 - Assistant professor, Converse College, Spartanburg, South Carolina

Monifa Green Beverly, Ph.D, C’99 - Assistant professor, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida

Nichole Harris Blackwell, Ph.D., C’95 - Professor, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, California

Bretta Felicia Blanton, Ph.D., C’92 - Professor, University of Malawi, Zomba, Malawi

Philathia Bolton, Ph.D., C’2002 - Assistant professor, The Univerity of Akron, Akron, Ohio

April Boozer, Ed.D., C'2002 - Clinical assistant professor, Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona

Cherrie B. Boyer, Ph.D., C’78 - Professor, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California

Althea Betty Bradford, Ph.D., C’83 - Assistant professor, Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Chastity McRae Bradford, Ph.D., C’99 - Associate professor, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama

Khiara M. Bridges, Ph.D., J.D., C’99 - Professor, Berkeley Law, Berkeley, California

Erika T. Brown, Ph.D., C’93 - Associate dean and professor, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia

Anika Spratley Burtin, Ph.D., C’93 - Associate professor, University of the District of Columbia,  Washington, D.C.

Faedra Chatard Carpenter, Ph.D., C’92 - Associate professor, American University, Washington, D.C.

Crystal Gafford Chambers, Ph.D., C’95 - Professor, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina

Thandeka Kwamisa Chapman, Ph.D., C’93 - Associate professor, University Of California San Diego, La Jolla, California

Maria Calhoun Charlton, C’88 - Associate professor, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama

Kimberly Michelle Coleman, Ph.D., C’94 - Assistant professor, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland

Lisa DeNell Cook, Ph.D., C’86 - Associate professor, Michigan State University, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Saroya Y. Corbett, Ph.D., C’2004 - Adjunct faculty, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Carla M. Curtis, Ph.D., C’75 - Assistant professor, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Kathryn Renee Dungy, Ph.D., C’91 - Assistant professor, History Department, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, Vermont

Stefanie Kyle Dunning, Ph.D., C’95 - Associate professor, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

Erica R. Edwards, Ph.D., C’99 - Professor, University of California-Riverside, Riverside, California

Nicole C. Eugene, Ph.D., C’2003 - Assistant professor, University of Houston-Victoria, Victoria, Texas

Deidre Williams Evans, Ph.D., C’87 - Associate professor, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Florida

Charlotte Nicole Frazier, Ph.D., C’95 - Associate professor, Lasell University, Newton, Massachusetts

Nishani Mkwanda Frazier, Ph.D., C’94 - Associate professor, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

Patricia Ann Freeman, Ph.D., C’69 - Associate professor, Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi

Alisha M. Gaines, Ph.D., C’2003 - Assistant professor, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida

Bently L. Gibson, Ph.D., C’2008 - Associate professor, Georgia Highlands College, Rome, Georgia

Gretchen Z. Givens, Ph.D., C’93 - Interim dean and professor, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Elizabeth M. Goatley, Ph.D., C’2004 - Assistant professsor, Baylor University, Waco, Texas

Germayne Crow Graham, Ph.D., C’93 - Associate director, LEAD Scholars Academy University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida

Cantice Genay Greene, Ph.D., C’98 - Assistant professor, Clayton State University, Morrow, Georgia

Beverly L. Guy-Sheftall, Ph.D., C’66
- Professor and director, Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia

Latanya P. Hammonds-Odie, Ph.D., C’89 - Associate professor, Georgia Gwinnett College, Lawrenceville, Georgia

Audrey Bland Hampton, C'2007 - Director of family life programs, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, Chicago, Illinois

Margaret Hampton, Ph.D., C’64 - Professor, Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana

Kimberly K. Harding, Ph.D., C’85 - Associate professor, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Florida

Erin A. Harper, Ph.D., C’2002 - Assistant professor, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

Mikki K. Harris, Ph.D., C’97 - Assistant professor, University of Mississippi, University, Mississippi

Nathalie Means Henderson, Ph.D., C'2003 - Chief schools officer, Indianapolis Public Schools, Indianapolis, Indiana

Marsha Nidanie Henderson-Stull, Ph.D., C’95 - Assistant professor, Augsburg College, Minneapolis

Barbara Hill, Ph.D., C’67 - Department chair, Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia

Lakisha Q. Holmes, Ph.D., C’2000 - Associate professor, Daytona State College, Daytona Beach, Florida

Tonya Raleigh Holmes, MSW, Ed.S., C'91 - Assistant principal, Woodland High School, McDonough, Georgia

Andrea G. Hunter, Ph.D., C’81 - Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, North Carolina

Stephanie Hunter, C'2012 - Teacher, Anne Arundel County Public School System, Maryland

Ramona K. Hylton, Ph.D., C’79 - Professor, East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

Cassandra Vonica Jackson, Ph.D., C’94 - Assistant professor of English, Northeastern University, Boston

Stanlie M. James, Ph.D., C’71 - Professor, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

Candice Marie Jenkins, Ph.D., C’96 - Professor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois

Cheryl Lynn Johnson, Ph.D., C’72 - Associate professor, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

Hilary Janet Jones, Ph.D., C’93 - Associate professor, Florida International University, Miami, Florida

Shelly Monica Jones, Ph.D., C’86 - Professor, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut

Sharla Jones-Flaum, Ph.D., C’78 - Professor, San Antonio College, San Antonio, Texas

Yakini Belinda Kemp, Ph.D., C’75 - Chair and professor, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Florida

LaCreis Renee Kidd, Ph.D., C’90 - Associate professor, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky

Danielle D. King, Ph.D., C'2012 - Assistant professor, Rice University

Dione Moultrie King, Ph.D., C’2002
- Assistant professor, University of Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama

Alisha Coleman Knight, Ph.D., C’93 - Associate professor, Washington College, Chestertown, Maryland

Lorraine Newton Lalli, J.D., C’98 - Assistant dean of students, Roger Williams Law School, Bristol, Rhode Island

Emille Davie Lawrence, Ph.D., C’2001 - Chair and associate professor, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California

Margaret Carol Lee, Ph.D., C’76 - Associate professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Christine Leveaux-Haley, Ph.D., C’92 - Associate professor and dean, University of Houston, Houston, Texas

Dawn K. Lewis, Ph.D., C’89 - Professor, Prince George’s Community College, Largo, Maryland

Rhamin Ligon, M.D., C’87 - Assistant professor, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland

Ebony Lumumba, Ph.D., C’2005 - Associate professor, Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi

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Nandi A. Marshall, Ph.D., C’2004 - Associate professor, Georgia Southern University, Savannah, Georgia

Cheryl McCord-Acklin, Ph.D., C’79 - Assistant professor, Columbia State Community College, Columbia, Tennessee

Donyelle Charlotte McCray, Ph.D., C’96 - Assistant professor, Yale Divinity School, New Haven, Connecticut

Kenja R. McCray, Ph.D., C'96 - Associate professor of history, Atlanta Metropolitan State College, Atlanta, Georgia

Priscilla McCutcheon, Ph.D., C’2004 - Assistant professor, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

Dara Daneen Mendez, Ph.D., C’2002 - Assistant professor, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh

Ladrica Menson-Furr, Ph.D., C’93 - Director and associate professor, University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee

Sharon E. Milligan, Ph.D., C’71 - Associate professor, associate dean and chair, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

Nannette Napier, Ph.D., C’94 - Associate dean and professor, Georgia Gwinnett College, Lawrenceville, Georgia

Monica White Ndounou, Ph.D, C’99 - Associate professor, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts

Sharon Lucretia Neal, Ph.D., C’80 - Associate professor, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware

Adele S. Newson-Horst, Ph.D., C’80 - Professor, Morgan State University, Baltimore

Stacey Oneeta Nicholls, Ph.D., C’98 - Professor, Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, Maryland

Gwenelle Styles O’Neal, Ph.D., C’70 - Professor, West Chester University Career Opportunities, West Chester, Pennsylvania

Nikita Collins Patterson, Ph.D., C’93 - Assistant professor, Georgia State University, Clarkston, Georgia

Sandra Sims Patterson, Ph.D., C’70 - Associate professor, Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia

Nicole Hodges Persley, Ph.D., C’93 - Associate professor, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Deborah Prothrow-Stith, M.D., C’75 - Dean/Professor, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Los Angeles

Hope C. Rias, Ph.D., C’96 - Assistant professor, Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, Virginia

Adrienne D. S. Roberts, Ph.D., C’99 - Professor, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

Vanessa M. Robinson-Dooley, Ph.D., C’89 - Associate professor, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia

Deanna Rogers, Ed.S.,NBCT, C'93 - District remediation & support coordinator, Atlanta Public School System, Atlanta, Georgia

Ama Arthur Rowe, M.D., C’2001 - Assistant professor, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee

Renee’ Hayslett Rowe, Ph.D., C’2000 - Associate professor, Mercer University College of Pharmacy, Macon, Georgia

Jacqueline Renee’ Scott, Ph.D., C’89 - Associate professor/Assistant chair, Loyola University of Chicago, Chicago

Kris F. Sealey, Ph.D., C’2001 - Associate professor, Fairfeld University, Fairfeld, Connecticut

Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons, Ph.D., C’66 - Assistant professor, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

Anika M. Simpson, Ph.D., C’95 - Associate professor, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland

Kiron Kanina Skinner, Ph.D., C’81 - Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh

J.Goosby Smith, Ph.D., C’86 - Associate professor, The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina

RaShell R. Smith-Spears, Ph.D., C’97 - Associate professor, Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi

Cynthia Neal Spence, Ph.D., C’78 - Director/Associate professor, Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia

Elaine A. Terry, Ph.D., C’83 - Assistant professor, Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia

Wilmetta J. Toliver-Diallo, Ph.D., C’92 - Assistant dean, Washington University, St. Louis

Karolyn Debra Tyson, Ph.D., C’91 - Professor/Associate chair, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

J.Celeste Walley-Jean, Ph.D., C’95 - Professor/Dean, Clayton State University, Morrow, Georgia

Adria Andrews Welcher, Ph.D., C’99 - Assistant professor, Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia

Roselyn Elaine Williams, Ph.D., C’72 - Associate professor, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Florida

Omah Williams-Duncan, Ph.D., C’97 - Assistant professor in STEM, University of Houston – Clear Lake, Houston, Texas

LaQuitta Yusuf, C'2006 - K-12 curriculum & instructional programs assistant director, Georgia Cyber Academy, Atlanta, Georgia

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