President Dianne Boardley Suber has established the University Fellows Program to make Saint Augustine’s University a stronger institution by providing opportunities for selected staff to take part in a structured program of professional development. The program includes skill and leadership development and the opportunity to gain broader knowledge of the University.
“Saint Augustine University’s has a wealth of talent within its staff ranks; however, few staff members have the luxury of availing themselves of national professional development experiences because of distance and cost,” President Suber said. “To assist university staff in their professional development, the Staff Fellows Program allows selected staff the opportunity to explore higher education administration during regular work hours.”
Dr. Eric Poole, assistant professor of Music, department chair for Visual and Performing Arts and director of Choral Activities
Ms. Erica Ray, assistant registrar
Ms. Rachel Bullard, head women’s basketball coach
Dr. Shirlkeymu Winston, assistant professor, Department of History
Mr. Christopher Massenberg, assistant professor, Department of English, Philosophy, Religion and International Studies
Ms. Valerie Evans, director of Honors College
Mr. Andre Richardson, dean of Student Services
Mr. Leroy Butler, assistant director of Financial Aid and Scholarships
Mr. Jason Perry, assistant professor, Sport Management
Ms. Kasimattie Cox, post award specialist
Ms. Natalie Bullock Brown, chair and assistant professor, Department of Film and Interactive Media
Ms. Shanae Barco, director, Testing Center
Mr. James Lyons, assistant professor, Department of Criminal Justice
Ms. Laurie Limbrick Thompson, assistant professor, Liberal Arts and Education
Ms. Sarah Straud, assistant professor, Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Fellows will work and study together to learn leadership theory and practical applications. There is also the possibility that community partners will be invited to participate. The commitment for fellows will be approximately four hours per month during the academic year. A portion of the time will be spent exploring various aspects of the larger administrative structure at SAU and addressing internal processes which may require a team approach to reach higher efficiency. There is no stipend for this experience, and the applicant’s supervisor will be asked to make a recommendation for participation and to allow release time to participate. This program is primarily for professional development.
Application to this program is open to staff members who have been at SAU for at least two academic semesters and who have the support of their supervisor. Both exempt and non-exempt professional staff, full-time faculty and university support staff are eligible and encouraged to apply.
The ideal appointee/applicant for the program will possess:
- A history of exceptional work at the University as documented by a supervisor’s letter of endorsement addressing the candidate’s potential for leadership;
- The ability to work collaboratively with a cohort of other fellows in a seminar style of learning;
- Innovative ideas that impact SAU’s future;
- Enthusiasm for the larger mission of SAU and desire to engage in that mission; and
- The ability to commit to a two-hour time block, twice per month.
For more information, call the Office of the President at 516.4201.
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