Yvonne Umphrey, Ph.D.

  • ProvostOffice of the Provost
  • Vice PresidentOffice of Academic Affairs

Contact Info:

  • yumphrey@st-aug.edu
  • 919.516.4096
  • Benson Building Room 203A

Educational Background

B.S. – Mathematics
Fayetteville State University

M.Ed – Mathematics Education
North Carolina State University

M.S – Statistics
North Carolina State University

Doctor of Philosophy – Mathematics Education
North Carolina State University

Area(s) of Research

Higher Education Leadership, Accreditation, Using Technology to Facilitate Teaching and Learning.

Evaluator for Southern Association of Colleges and Schools: Commission of Colleges (SACSCOC) – Peer Review Evaluator, Special Committee Onsite and Offsite Teams

Principal Investigator: Mellon Foundation: Three-Tiered Approach to Learning: Planning Grant $75,000 (2001 – 2002); Implementation Grant $475,000 (2002 – 2007); The Bridge Program $260,000 (2003 – 2007); Project TEAM: Tutorial and Educational Advising & Mentoring Program, $275,000 (2006 – 2009), The Enhanced Bridge Program for Accelerated and Transitional Students – $450,000 (2008 -2011).

Program Director: Agency: United States Department of Education – Title III Program – Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Saint Augustine’s College,
Amount: $7,000,000. 2002 – 2007.

American Council on Education Fellow: Dr. Yvonne M. Coston. Bush/Hewlett Foundation. Grant Amount $100,000. 1999 – 2000.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Yvonne Coston. Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Pre-College Award for Excellence in Mathematics, Science, Engineering and Technology (PACE/MSET) Program. Title: Saint Augustine’s Summer Science Camp Grant Number: NAGW-5150. Amount: $300,000. 1996 – 1999.

Dissertation Year Fellowship: Lilly Foundation – Study year for completion of Ph.D. degree. The United Negro College Fund. Amount $14,000.

UNCF-IBM Faculty Fellow for Doctoral Study at North Carolina State University. The United Negro College Fund. Amount: $25,000.

Project Director: Dr. Yvonne Coston. Agency: U.S. Department of Education, Minority Institution Science Improvement Program (MSIP). GRANT NUMBER MSIP G008730224. Title: New Uses of Computers in the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Amount: $179,366. October 1987 – September 1990.

Principal Investigators: Dr. J. Nelson/Dr. Yvonne Coston Agency: U.S. Department of Education, Minority Institution Science Improvement Program (MSIP). GRANT NUMBER: MSIP G008641827. Title: Upgrading the Mathematics Resources Center. Amount: $41,300. 1986 – 1988.

Publications

Coston, Yvonne, “Improving Quality With Diminishing Resources through Compact Planning.” Journal of Communications and Minority Issues. Vol. 6. No. 1 Fall, 2001. St. Augustine’s College, Raleigh, NC.

Coston, Yvonne and Brown, Delindus, “A Pre-College Intervention Program that Works.” The Gateway. Vol.3, No. 2, Fall, 1999. St. Augustine’s College, Raleigh, NC.

Coston, Yvonne, “Saint Augustine’s College Pre-College Award for Academic Excellence Program, “Journal of Communications and Minority Issues. Vol. 5. No. 1. Research Association for Minority Professors. 1998-1999. Saint Augustine’s College, Raleigh, NC.

Coston, Yvonne, “Teaching African American Students College Algebra Using Cooperative Learning and Technology.” Journal of Communications and Minority Issues. Vol. 4, No. 1 . Research Association for Minority Professors. 1997. Saint Augustine’s College, Raleigh, NC.

Norwood, K. and Coston, Y., “Graphs of Skittles.” Ideas, NCTM Standards-Based Instruction, Grades 5-8, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. 1996. Reston, Virginia.

Norwood, K. and Coston, Y., “Sorting Skittles/Graphing Skittles.” Ideas, NCTM Standards- Based Instruction, Grades K – 4. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. 1995. Reston, Virginia.

Coston, Y.M., “The Effect of Cooperative Learning and Graphic Calculator Use on Mathematics Achievement, Attitude and Problem Solving Skills of College Algebra Students.” The Proceedings of the Sixth Annual International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics, 1994. Addison Wesley Publishing Company.

Norwood, K. and Coston, Y., “Sorting Skittles/Graphing Skittles”, Arithmetic Teacher, Vol. 40, No. 8. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, April 1993. Reston, Virginia.

Roy, N. and Coston, Y., Technology, Using Graphing Calculators and Computers, Algebra I, 1992. D.C. Heath Publishing Company. Roy, N. and Coston, Y., Technology Using Graphing Calculators and Computers, Algebra II, 1992. D.C. Heath Publishing Company.

SAU Organizations

  • President’s Executive Council, Role – Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Academic Services and Technology Committee of the Saint Augustine’s University Board of Trustees – Role – Administrative Liaison
  • Nominating Committee of the Saint Augustine’s University Board of Trustees – Role – Administrative Liaison
  • SACSCOC Campus Committee, Saint Augustine’s University – Role – Provost
  • Saint Augustine’s University Academic Leadership Team – Role – Chair
  • Saint Augustine’s University Quality Enhancement Plan Committee – Member

Community Involvement

New Providence Missionary Baptist Church – Sunday School Program Bible Study Fellowship International – Falls Ridge Church Raleigh, North Carolina

Awards & Honors

Fellow – American Council on Education
Service Award from the Links, Inc. – International Trends and Services Emerald Award for Excellence in International Affairs

Favorite Quote

Take Care of Your Business and Your Business Will Take Care of You!