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Faculty Update: Spring Semester 2022

From Interim Provost Bradley Brennan, Ph.D.
December 30, 2021

Dear Colleagues,

I hope that you have been able to rest and renew during the winter break.

The sharp rise in positive cases of the COVID-19 virus has prompted Spelman and AUCC leadership to determine how best to approach the spring semester return to campus.

We ended the fall semester with much to be proud of when it comes to our health and safety protocols. The policies that we put in place, and that our community adhered to, resulted in one of the lowest positivity rates on a college campus in the country.

With the nationwide spread of the omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus over the past two weeks, we are developing plans to continue to limit the spread of the virus among the members of our community, as we enter the spring 2022 semester.


Celebrating Spelman's Recently Tenured and Promoted Faculty

The Office of the Provost and the entire Spelman College community would like to recognize and congratulate its recently tenured and promoted faculty: Drs. Leyte Winfield, Deanna Kortesky, Kimberly Jackson, Danielle Dickens, Nirajan Dhakal and Dorian Crosby for their excellence in teaching, scholarship and research.

Promote Faculty 2021: Danielle Dickens

danielle-dickensDanielle Dickens, Ph.D., C'2009, associate professor of psychology, has been recognized for her innovative teaching practice and work inside and outside of the classroom.

Dr. Dickens' research interests include intersectionality of social identities; underrepresentation in STEM; benefits and costs of identity shifting among Black women; psychology of stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination and intergroup processes; academic and career development of Black women; the psychosocial influences on health behaviors among underrepresented groups; and mixed methodology: qualitative and quantitative research.

She has four peer-reviewed journal articles and is the first author on them all. One article was co-authored with a student, and one was co-authored with a post-doctoral author. She has published two book chapters in edited collections, and one book review.


Dr. Dickens has been recognized with two major awards: the 2020 Foremothers Mentorship Early Career Award and the 2019 Mary Roth Walsh Teaching the Psychology of Women Award.

Dr. Dickens has been successful in receiving six grants from major grantors such as the National Science Foundation, UNCF/Lilly and the American Psychological Foundation 

What Others Have to say About the Impact of Dr. Dickens' Work

Start of QuoteDr. Dickens’ scholarship and grants are of national importance that contribute to transformative education and workforce development.End of Quote


COVID -19 Faculty Guidelines

Review faculty information about the fall 2021 semester. For information on vaccines, testing and the health protocols that apply to all Spelman College community members, additional details can be found on the AUCC website.

Spelman COVID-19 Faculty Guidance for Fall 2021

Interim Provost Dolores Bradley Brennan, Ph.D.

Dolores Bradley BrennanPresident Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., has appointed Dr. Dolores Bradley Brennan, who most recently served as vice provost for faculty and associate vice president for academic affairs, as Spelman College's interim provost. Dr. Bradley Brennan came to Spelman in 2001 under a joint appointment with the Yerkes National Primate Research Center of Emory University. A distinguished scholar in visual perception and development, physiological optics and visual system anatomy, Dr. Bradley Brennan has published 22 papers and book chapters on visual development and processing, most recently focusing on identifying effective treatments for childhood visual disorders. She was promoted to full professor at Spelman in 2010, and in 2012 elected to Epsilon of Georgia, the Spelman chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

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Regann M. Anderson
Faculty Affairs Specialist
Office of the Provost
Spelman College
350 Spelman Lane, S.W., Box 1209
Atlanta, GA 30314-4399
404-270-5030  Office
404-270-5028 Fax

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