Advisory Board & Faculty Associates

Center for Africana Studies (CAS) Internal Advisory Board

  • Dr. Monica Swahn, Dean, Wellstar College Health & Human Services
  • Dr. Akanmu Adebayo, Professor of History
  • Dr. Joe Bock, Director, School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding & Development
  • Dr. Cecile Accilien, Chair, Interdisciplinary Studies Department
  • Dr. Karen Robinson, Assistant Chair, Department of Theatre & Performance Studies & Artistic Director
  • Dr. Jessica Stephenson, Interim Graduate Coordinator, School of Art and Design & Assoc. Prof of Art History
  • Dr. Kojo Mensa-Wilmot, Dean, College of Science & Mathematics
  • Tara McDuffie, Executive Director, Division of Global Affairs
  • Cynthia Thompson, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Zuckerman Museum
  • Khara Smith-Russell, President, African American Student Alliance
  • Ernest Emenike, President, African Students Association
  • Jaiden Outten, President, Caribbean Students Association

CAS Faculty Associates

 CAS’s faculty associates work with the Center’s director to:

  • Develop and implement a 5-year strategic plan consistent with KSU’s strategic plan
  • Develop and implement community outreach programs
  • Develop and implement a research agenda
  • Identify specific areas of focus and the expected deliverables
  • Explore opportunities for grant writing to fund research, conference attendance/presentation, professional development, faculty-led study abroad, and other initiatives
  • Design and implement CAS’s vision, mission and action plans
  • Monitor and evaluate the implementation of annual programs
  • Provide feedback, advice and recommendations on the general operation and programs of the Center.

The director and the associate will work with the associate's department chair, to make sure the faculty member receives necessary recognition and credit for their work with the Center

If you are interested in becoming a CAS faculty associate, please fill out the interest form below. Send completed forms to Nuru Akinyemi at


Faculty Associate Interest Form (pdf)  Faculty Associate Interest Form (docx)