Camacia Smith-Ross received her Ed.D. in organizational leadership from Nova Southeastern University. She is the Dean of the School of Education at Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana. She is the first African-American Dean of Education in the college’s 110 year history.2019 1-4955-0747-5
Dr. Smith-Ross, the editor, and her colleagues use the nine essays in this book to suggest ways to renew Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The authors are scholars, teachers, and administrators bringing their knowledge and experience to renew these American historical educational institutions.2016 1-4955-0442-5
In the wake of educational reform the traditional approach to teacher certification is being drastically impacted by the pressures of increased accountability from multiple stakeholders. To address expected teacher shortages, university preparation programs are looking at “non-traditional” approaches to certifying teachers at a quicker rate. This reform model of certifying is referred to as an Alternative Teacher Certification pathway. Dr. Smith Ross gives the debate on the subjecty substance and facts in this study.2022 1-4955-0926-5
From Abstract: In March of 2020, the world was faced with yet another life altering event that was viewed as a national health crisis. Silently roaming earth and affecting so many people, this infectious disease, caused by a newly discovered coronavirus, Covid-19, created alarming chaos and changed how the world communicated, worked, and lived. The new normal came with swift changes and challenged our mental, social and emotional state.
Business as usual looks differently at many institutions of higher learning. Having to face the realization that normalized learning was on the verge of changing its persona and wondering if black and brown students would be able to pivot and remain connected was in question. Recognizing HCBUs have always been havens of resilience, being a beacon of hope for "people of color," this pandemic would not change her position. The times would transform, but her glory would not fade. She would continue to move in haste focused on her mission.