Dr. Caesar Jackson is a professor of physics at North Carolina Central University (NCCU). He previously served as dean for the School of Graduate Studies, the College of Science and Technology, and the College of Arts and Sciences. He served 3 years at National Science Foundation in program director and division director roles.
He has earned the following degrees: Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Electrical Engineering (Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University), Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering (University of Florida), and Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (North Carolina State University). Over the years, he has been engaged in nuclear physics research at Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory in Durham, NC, and at Thomas Jefferson National Laboratory in Newport News, VA.
Currently, he conducts science education research on issues associated with increasing the number of minorities pursuing degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). His current work investigates cognitive and non-cognitive factors that influence student’s academic performance in STEM at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
Specific studies include (1) investigating the relationship between self-regulated learning (SRL) and academic achievement of African American undergraduate students in STEM courses at an HBCU; (2) investigating the relationship between science identity and academic achievement of African American undergraduate students in STEM degree programs at an HBCU; and (3) investigating the impact of active-learning instructional approaches on student learning in STEM courses at an HBCU.
Refereed Journal Articles
Jackson, Caesar R. "Validating and Adapting the Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire (MSLQ) for STEM Courses at an HBCU." AERA Open 4, no. 4 (2018): 2332858418809346.
Guoqing Tang, Caesar R. Jackson (2015), Evolution and Impact of Interdisciplinary STEM Undergraduate Research Programs at North Carolina A&T State University. In J. McClinton, M. A. Melton, C. R. Jackson, & K. Engerman (Eds.), Infusing Undergraduate Research into Historically Black Colleges and Universities Curricula (Diversity in Higher Education, Vol. 17) (pp. 11–45). Boston, MA: Emerald Group Publishing.
Caesar R. Jackson, Mark A. Melton, Sandra C. Jackson (2009), African American males in U.S. science. In Henry T. Frierson, James H. Wyche, Willie Pearson (Eds.), Black American Males in Higher Education: Research, Programs and Academe (Diversity in Higher Education, Volume 7) (pp.169–191). Boston, MA: Emerald Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Invited Conference Presentation
Jackson, C. R. (2018, August). DREAM STEM: Driving Research, Entrepreneurship, and Academics through Mastering STEM. Paper presented at the 256th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Boston, MA.
Refereed Conference Paper
Jackson, C. R. & Whittington, D. (2020, Dec 10 and 12). Increasing STEM Persistence of Minority Students through Entrepreneurial Thinking Experiences [Symposia Session]. 12th Annual Understanding Interventions Conference-Interventions Research: A Virtual Discourse (Virtual conference held in lieu of 2020 Understanding Interventions Conference, San Antonio, TX, March 13–15, 2020).
Jackson, C. R. & Whittington, D. (2020, Apr 17–21). A Dramatic Impact on Minority Student Outcomes from a STEM Intervention Program at a Historically Black College/University [Paper Session]. AERA Annual Meeting San Francisco, CA, http://tinyurl.com/uy2zapw (conference canceled).
Elliott, E., Jackson, C. R., & Gray, D.L. (2019, April). Standing out While Fitting in at HBCUs: Implication for Black Students' STEM Identification and Performance. Paper presented at the 2019 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Meeting, Toronto, CAN.
Wright, A., & Brent, R., & Dickey, E. C., & Weems, K. S., & Reich, B. J., & Jackson, C. R.. (2019, April). A Bridge to the PhD for URM Students. Paper presented at the 2019 Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity (CoNECD), Crystal City, Virginia. https://peer.asee.org/31735
Morton, T., Parsons, E. C. & Jackson, C. (2017, April). Black Females in STEM Undergraduate Research Programs: Strengths and Assets Associated with Their Identities. Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, San Antonio TX.
2020–2023: “Investigating the Role of Psychosocial Factors on Students Taking Gatekeeper Courses in STEM,” National Science Foundation: $349,997.
2018–2022: “The DREAM STEM Project: Enhancing Academics, Entrepreneurship, and STEM Career Pathways,” National Science Foundation: $2,249,992.
2016–2021: “Collaborative Research: NRT-DESE: Interdisciplinary Research Traineeships in Data-Enabled Science and Engineering of Atomic Structure (SEAS),” National Science Foundation: $464,266.