Savannah State University
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CS 3.4.11 Qualified Academic Program Coordinators

For each major in a degree program, the institution assigns responsibility for program coordination, as well as for curriculum development and review, to persons academically qualified in the field. In those degree programs for which the institution does not identify a major, this requirement applies to a curricular area or concentration.


Compliance                     ___ Non-Compliance




At Savannah State University, the primary responsibility for the content, quality and effectiveness of the curriculum lies with the faculty. The Academic Program Coordinator (APC) is the primary liaison for program faculty in communicating with academic management (Chairs, Deans, and Provost), advocating for the program and making recommendations beneficial to the program and its students that are based on findings from the regular assessment and review of the program’s learning outcomes and operations.


The APC recommends course schedules and faculty assignments to the department chair and coordinates schedule revisions and changes.  In addition, the coordinator assists the department chair, designated faculty advisors and professional advisors of the Center for Academic Success (CAS) to ensure that students receive appropriate academic advisement. Each major program and discipline area has a designated coordinator who is academically qualified in the field. These coordinators have academic preparation in their respective disciplines, most having earned the terminal degree in their discipline. Table 3.4.11a below identifies the Academic Program Coordinator for each academic program and provides their academic qualifications to serve as coordinator.


Table 3.4.11a Academic Program Coordinators Grid






College of Business Administration

Accounting, CIS, and Logistics


Dr.  Yousef Jahmani (Chair)

PhD, Accounting and Finance, The University of Birmingham

Computer Information Systems

Dr. Richelle Oakley

PhD, Information Systems, Univ. of North Carolina


Global Logistics and International Business

Dr. Suman Niranjan

PhD, Engineering, Wright State University




Dr. June Wu

PhD, Business Administration, Old Dominion University



Dr. Anshu Arora (Chair)

PhD,Consumer Navigation Behavior in Hypermedia CME's, India Institute of Technology


College of Science and Technology


Biology (BS)

Dr. Andrea Moore

PhD, Environmental Science, Oklahoma State University


Health Science (AS)

Dr. Elissa Purnell

PhD, Molecular and Cellular Biology and Pathobiology, Medical University of SouthCarolina


Chemistry and Forensic Science

Chemistry (BS)

Dr. Pascal Binda

PhD, Chemistry, University of North Dakota


Forensic Science (BS)

Dr. Karla Sue Marriott

PhD, Chemistry, University of the West Indies (Mona)


Engineering Technology

Civil Engineering Technology (BS)

Mr. Henry Taylor

MS, Mechanical Engineering, Tuskegee University


Computer Science Technology (BS)

Dr. Qian Chen

PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mississippi State University

Electronic Engineering Technology (BS)

Dr. Asad Yousuf

MS, Electrical Engineering,University of Cincinnati


Engineering Studies (AS)

Dr. Spyros Andreou

PhD, Electrical Engineering, University of Arkansas


General Technology (AS)

Dr. Mir Hayder

PhD, Mechanical Engineering, McGill University


Pre-Physics (AS)

Dr. Lina Merchan Alvarez

PhD, Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology

Marine and Environmental Science

Marine Sciences (MS)

Dr. Dionne Hoskins-Brown

PhD, Marine Science, University of South Carolina

Marine Sciences (BS)

Dr. Tara


PhD, Ecology, Duke University

Environmental Sciences (BS)

Dr. Sue Ebanks

PhD, Marine Biology and Fisheries, University of Miami

Aquarium Science (AS)

Dr. Chris Hintz

PhD, Marine Sciences, University of South Carolina


Mathematics (BS)

Dr. Agegnehu Atena

PhD, Mathematics, The State University of New York at Buffalo

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

English, Languages,  and Cultures

English, Language, and Literature (BA)

Dr. Jordan Dominy

PhD, English, The University of Florida

Fine Arts, Humanities, and Wellness

Visual and Performing Arts (BA)

Mr. Daryl Thompson

MFA, Theatre, University of Florida


Journalism and Mass Communications

Journalism and Mass Communications (BA)

Dr. Juliana Trammel

PhD, Communication and Culture, Howard University

Political Science and Public Affairs

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Dr. Otilia Iancu

PhD, Public Policy, University of Arkansas


Master of Urban Studies and Planning (MSUSP)

Dr. Deden Rukmana

PhD, Urban and Regional Planning, Florida State University


Political Science (BA)

Dr. Geoffrey Bowden

PhD, Social Science, University of Notre Dame


Homeland  Security and Emergency Management (BA)

Ms. Terri Clay

MPA, Public Administration, Jacksonville State University

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Africana Studies (BA)

Dr. Cornelius St. Mark

PhD, Africana Studies, Howard University


Behavior Analysis (BA)

Dr. Katherine Stewart

PhD, Behavioral Psychology, University of Kansas


Criminal Justice (BA)

Dr. Johnnie Myers

PhD, Political Science, Clark Atlanta University


History (BA)

Dr. Kazuo Yagami

PhD, History, The Florida State University


Sociology (BA)

Dr. Larry Stokes

PhD, Sociology, Howard University


Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Dr. Roenia Deloach

PhD,S ocial Work, Ohio State University


Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Dr. Linda Samuel

PhD, Social Work, Clark Atlanta University


School of Teacher Education



Dr. Mihaela Munday

PhD, Applied Mathematics, Babes-Bolyai University



The APC guides and facilitates program faculty in periodic comprehensive program reviews, mandated by the university, which are used to monitor the accomplishment of program objectives and continuous improvement of academic programs.  These coordinators also lead assessment of their programs and student learning outcomes as needed for accrediting agency requirements, and most importantly , for continuous improvement and enhancement of degree programs.  Other specific duties and responsibilities of the APC outlined in the Position Description of the Academic ProgramCoordinator  include:


·          The APC remains current and familiar with the institution’s various data systems of importance to faculty and provides guidance to and facilitates training for program faculty on use of these systems.


·          The APC assists the department chair in identifying professional development plans and procedures as needed for program faculty.


·          The APC maintains currency in the program’s academic field by regular involvement with and participation in relevant professional organizations and publications and encourages program faculty to maintain similar currency in the field.


·          The APC assists the department chair in executing student evaluations of the faculty.

As noted above, a particularly essential role of the APC is implementing and maintaining a comprehensive and systematic program assessment process, including student learning outcomes, and communicating assessment outcomes to relevant committees (e.g. College, School, and University Assessment Committees) and departments (e.g., Chairs, Dean, Provost, CAS, IRPA). These activities are necessary for institutions to demonstrate that they regularly assess their academic programs and use assessment results for continuous improvement, as stated in Comprehensive Standard, which requires institutions to:

identify expected outcomes, assess the extent to which it achieves these outcomes, and provide evidence of improvement based on analysis of the results in each of the following areas: educational programs, to include student learning outcomes

Internet or Web-Based Courses


Regardless of the method of course delivery traditional or alternative—programs are developed, evaluated, and coordinated by appropriate, qualified program coordinators. Academic Program Coordinators review curriculum, including online and hybrid offerings, on a regular basis. They also work with the Savannah State University - Online Education Office to ensure that faculty teaching distance learning courses have opportunities for professional development to enhance their proficiency as instructors for online and hybrid courses. Such opportunities at SSU include face-to-face workshops facilitated by the Learning Management System Administrator and training via the Brightspace (D2L) learning management system.



As articulated in the institution’s mission , Savannah State University focuses on “high quality instruction” as well as offering an increasing number of “graduate and undergraduate studies including nationally accredited programs in the liberal arts, the sciences, and the professions.”  Academic Program Coordinators employed by the university have the requisite knowledge and experience in their respective academic disciplines, and provide the expertise to guide each department, school, and college in aligning its curriculum with this mission.  


Supporting Documentation and Evidence:

·          Savannah State University - Position Description of the Academic Program Coordinator

·          Savannah State University – Online Education

·          Savannah State University – Mission Statement