Dr. Karen Keaton Jackson Named Interim Associate Provost for Academic Programs and Undergraduate Research

Posted June 30, 2023, 12:00PM

North Carolina Central University (NCCU) has named Karen Keaton Jackson, Ph.D., as interim associate provost for academic programs and undergraduate research, effective July 3, 2023. She will report to David H. Jackson Jr., Ph.D., provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs.

In this role, Keaton Jackson will lead current and emerging programs and initiatives in undergraduate education and research, as well as provide overall supervision and coordination for curriculum, instruction, academic program assessment and management of all academic-degree programs. She will also strengthen and enhance the undergraduate experience by involving students in meaningful scholarly, interdisciplinary research and creative activity across all disciplines, including the liberal arts and professional studies.

In addition to her new duties, Keaton Jackson will continue to serve as director of NCCU’s University Honors program, a role held since 2019. She has been instrumental in developing high-achieving students into local and global leaders by providing them with enriching educational experiences and individualized support for post-graduate studies.

Keaton Jackson joined NCCU in 2004 as an assistant professor of English and as the director of the Writing Studio and campus-wide Writing Intensive program. While leading the Writing Studio, she implemented formalized training for the student writing consultants, conducted faculty training workshops, facilitated classroom and campus presentations, and presented with her students at regional and national writing conferences. She earned tenure and was recently promoted to full professor.

Her accomplishments include several scholarly presentations and publications. Keaton Jackson has served on numerous regional and national executive boards in the areas of composition and writing program administration. In 2010, she received an NCCU Award for Teaching Excellence. She was awarded with the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2015, the UNC System’s highest award for teaching.

Dr. Keaton Jackson holds a bachelor’s degree in English secondary education from Hampton University, and master’s and Ph.D. degrees in English from Wayne State University.

Please congratulate Dr. Karen Keaton Jackson on her new appointment.

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