Professor Howell teaches in the Department of Public Administration, where she has shared her practitioner's perspective with students in the MPA Program since 2002. As an attorney with a background in employment law, she teaches: Human Resources Management, Techniques of HR Development, Mediation, Administrative Leadership & Ethics, and Administrative Law. Professor Howell has also taught Legal Reasoning & Analysis and Employment Law as an Adjunct Professor in the North Carolina Central University School of Law. Her research interest is in the constitutional protections of public sector employees, particularly the Fifth Amendment Due Process Clause. She presented on this topic at the ASPA National Conference. Professor Howell has served and continues to serve on several departmental committees, including Faculty Search and Career Services.
Professor Howell received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business from North Carolina Central University, and her Juris Doctorate from the North Carolina Central University School of Law, where she was a staff member on the North Carolina Central Law Journal. She has dedicated her career to the public service, including: Attorney-Advisor, Office of General Counsel, U.S. General Accounting Office, Washington, DC; Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC; Discrimination Investigator (Department of Labor) and Employee Relations (Office of State Personnel), State of North Carolina; Community Extension Agent (Department of Economic & Community Development), State of Ohio; and the United Nations, New York, NY.
Professor Howell serves as a volunteer with the Durham County Guardian ad Litem Office.