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Dr. Craig, Susannah Fowler
email contact: susannah_craig@subr.edu
email contact 2: susannahcraig@smedprogram.org
phone contact: 225-771-2944

Dr. Craig has been an advocate for quality instruction and assessment methods for Pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade during her 23 year career in education, serving on multiple local, state, and national committees. Dr. Craig began her career in East Baton Rouge Parish with accolades by winning the Sallie Mae First Year Teacher of the Year award. She served East Baton Rouge Parish as a teacher and local and state level presenter in constructivist based teaching methods in science.  Read more



Prof. Diack, Moustapha
email contact: moustapha_diack@subr.edu
email contact 2: moustaphadiack@smedprogram.org
Phone contact: 225-771-5932

Professor Moustapha Diack is the Chair of the Doctoral Program in Science/Mathematics Education (SMED) and interim Director of Online Learning and Professional Development for Southern University Baton Rouge (SUBR), a member of the Southern University System (SUS) of Louisiana. His research interests at Southern University are in the areas of Instructional Design, cognitive theory of multimedia learning and the strategic planning and deployment of online learning systems to enhance student learning outcomes. Diack has extensive experience in the areas of online learning design and delivery and has played a global leadership role in the areas of Open Education and Open Access. He is recipient of the International MERLOT eLearning Innovation Award 2009. He is member of the MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching) Faculty Development Editorial Board and Co-Founding Director of the MERLOT Africa Network (MAN), a network of African higher education institutions and digital scholars engaged in the research, development and implementation of open education. At the SUS, Diack oversees the development and implementation of integrated digital library services, the Southern University Online Library for Education (SUOL4ed), to facilitate quality online programs development and college affordability through the adoption of open education resources and open textbook. Diack is member of the Louisiana Board of Regents Task Force On Electronic Learning and Past President 2003-2006 of the Louisiana Academy of Science.  Read more



Dr. Lawson, Albertha H.  (Ph.D.)
email contact: albertha_lawson@subr.edu
email contact2: alberthalawson@smedprogram.org
Phone contact:225-771-5453

Albertha Lawson joined the department in August, 2014. Her background includes a B.S. in Mathematics from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina; a Masters in Applied Statistics with specialty in both quantitative and qualitative statistics from the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio; and a Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in research and policy analysis from the University of New Orleans in New Orleans Louisiana. She has over 30 years of experience in higher education as a professor, researchers, statistical consultant, higher education administrator and mentor; and corporate America as an actuarial analyst combined.  She currently serves as a National Mathematics Alliance undergraduate and graduate student mentor.  She is a recipient of the 2016 Minority Access Incorporated National Role Model Award. Professor Lawson is a contributing author in the Handbook on Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluation in Higher Education, and is responsible for numerous other publications and conference presentations. Read more




Dr. Mellieon-Williams, Francesca
email contact: francesca_williams@subr.edu
Phone contact: 225-771-5108

Dr. Francesca Mellieon-Williams is an Associate Professor of Science and Mathematics Education at Southern University and A& M College. She is the oldest of four children whom all followed in both their parents’ footsteps of earning a Bachelor’s Degree from a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). Dr. Mellieon-Williams is very passionate about the education of young people and continuously serves as a personal mentor to her students.   Dr. Mellieon-Williams is an active member of St. John the Baptist Church of Dorseyville, LA and the Tau Kappa Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She married a handsome guy she met in science class at Southern University and they have one son.

She graduated from Southern University with a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences. Dr. Mellieon-Williams immediately began graduate studies at Washington State University, where she earned a master’s degree in Reproductive Physiology. It was during her time at Washington State University where her passion for teaching was fueled. She later returned to Louisiana and began a successful career as a respected instructor at Baton Rouge Community College in the Division of Math and Science. Dr. Mellieon-Williams continued her graduate studies at LSU in Curriculum & Instruction with a concentration in Science Education where she later earned a doctorate. Read more




Our dissertation Advisory Members is composed of a Program Council of affiliated faculty in the STEM areas of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Engineering and Computer Science , as well as in Education and Rehabilitation & Disability services. We have a Global Network of Experts in STEM Research and in Learning Technologies affiliated with our SUBR Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) , the The Office of Research and Strategic Initiatives (ORSI). Read more