Prof. Colin Adams, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Colin Adams, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Saint Augustine’s University (SAU), was born and raised in the Midwestern city of Toledo, OH. After graduating from St. Francis de Sales High School, he attended Hampton University (VA) and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. He then completed his graduate studies at The University of Toledo (OH), receiving two Master of Arts degrees in School Psychology and Criminal Justice. In addition, as an ordained minister, he received a Master of Arts degree in Theological Studies from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.

Prior to teaching at SAU, the focus of Professor Adams’ professional experience was serving at-risk youth and their families. Having this passion, he worked in multiple settings that include family therapy, secondary education, juvenile justice, delinquency prevention, community recreation, and gang intervention/prevention services. As an SAU faculty member, Professor Adams teaches Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Psychology Lab, Lifespan Development, Cross Cultural Psychology, Psychology of the African American Community, and Psychological Testing.

Professor Adams and his wife have been married for 8 years. He enjoys sports, reading, action movies, and beach vacations.

Dr. Elizabeth Fournier, Associate Professor of Political Science

Dr. Elizabeth Fournier came to Saint Augustine's University in August of 2007. She currently teaches political science and public policy in the Department of Social Sciences.

Fournier has collaborated with her colleagues in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences to advise student organizations and honor societies, such as Pi Gamma Mu and the SGA Senior Class. Fournier's teaching passions are in civic engagement and undergraduate research. She has accompanied students of Saint Augustine's University to a variety of activities, including: the 2008 Democratic presidential primary in South Carolina, lobbying at the North Carolina General Assembly, the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium, and performances of the North Carolina Ballet. She has also served in the Honors University, on several campus committees, as a justice in the moot court competition and as a faculty mentor for student athletes.

Dr. Fournier's research interests lie at the intersection of health and social policy. The topics of her research activities have included the financing and delivery of health care, the management of prison populations and the implementation of evidence-based policy and practice.

Dr. Fournier received a BS degree (dual, in materials science and engineering and literature) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD in public policy from UNC - Chapel Hill. Funded by an external grant from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, Fournier wrote a dissertation that analyzed substance abuse treatment policy and outcomes for U.S. opiate addicts. Dr. Fournier received her postdoctoral training as a Mellon Fellow in the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University.

Dr. Fournier grew up in a military family stationed in Europe and the eastern United States. Prior to working at Saint Augustine's University, she worked as a social scientist at Harvard Medical School and as a policy consultant with several research organizations that provide data services and policy analysis to government, business and higher education clients.

James E. Lyons, II (Assistant Professor, Department Chairman) has taught at Saint Augustine’s University since 2007. He earned a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a Juvenile Delinquency Prevention concentration from Michigan State University in 1999; a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Corrections from North Carolina Central University in 1996 and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Behavioral Science at Nova Southeastern University. He teaches courses including but not limited to Juvenile Justice; Deviance and Social Control; Race, Ethnicity and Crime; Victimology; and Criminal Justice Internship. Mr. Lyons has received several awards such as the School of Social and Behavioral Science’s Service Award and Teacher of the Year.

University Service
  • Co-Advisor , North Carolina Lambda Chapter of Pi Gamma Mu, International Honor Society in the Social Sciences (Current)
  • Academic Policy Committee (Current)
  • Chairman, Presidential Review Board Committee (Current)
  • Academic Leadership Team (Current)
  • Chairman, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Program Committee (2012)
  • Chairman, Academic Policy Committee (2012-2014)
Research Activity
  • Student Research Advisor, Raleigh S.T.A.R.S. (2013)

Prof. Alpha Njai, Assistant Professor of Sociology

My oath as a Teacher,

“I will teach to nurture, not to weed out. I will greet and embrace and accept each student. I will not greet anyone with the expectation that he or she will fail. I will not treat anyone as dumb and unwanted. I will treat everyone as capable and belonging at Saint Augustine’s University. I will greet each person knowing she or he has a unique potential to be cultivated. I will greet each person knowing that she or he can learn, achieve, and succeed. I have faith in, belief in, hope for, and love of each person. Each day, unconditionally.”

Alpha Bundu Njai (M.A., North Carolina Central University, 1997). Areas of Interest include: Race & Ethnicity, Criminology & Delinquency, Social Stratification and Marriages and Families. Hello, future Sociologists, I would like to invite you to the Tribe of Sociology as a Major in the Department of Social Sciences here at Saint Augustine’s University.

I am an alumna of Saint Augustine’s University with a Masters of Arts in Sociology from North Carolina Central University, and had taken advanced courses in Sociology at North Carolina State University. Teaching Sociology over the years at St. Augustine’s University has unfolded a wealth of knowledge and a rewarding experience for me. A B.A degree in SOCIOLOGY provides educational perspectives that are particularly advantageous for a wide range of professions in such sectors as business, the health professions, the criminal justice system, social services, and government.

The Sociology discipline at Saint Augustine’s University offers a good deal of academic assistance to students planning studies in a wide variety of fields, and has been successful in placing students in graduate and professional schools and employments.

Prof. Angelis Rodriguez, Assistant Professor of Social Work

Angelis Rodriguez is an Assistant Professor of Social Work and has recently joined Saint Augustine’s University faculty as of fall 2015.

Angelis earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from North Carolina Central University and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology from North Carolina State University. As an LCSWA, she is working towards receiving the full requirements for Licensure to provide mental health therapy.

She teaches Social Work courses to include the Introduction to Social Work and Human Behavior in the Social Environment and the Field Experience Course for the Social Sciences. Angelis holds current membership in NASW and is a lifetime member of the Golden Key International Honour Society.

Her direct practice experience includes case management with community family support programs and parent advocacy. Her work has primarily been with disadvantaged groups and children with developmental disabilities, mental health challenges, and those involved in the juvenile justice system. She also has experience teaching Positive youth development for a 21st CCLC, substitute teaching, and providing literacy tutoring

Research Interests: Minority student under achievement and the barriers to educational attainment, Child welfare, Disabilities issues, Mental Health and substance abuse treatment therapies, Criminal Justice, Policy, and Forensic Social Work.