Dr. Jann Adams
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Associate Vice President for Leadership Initiatives and Lead Director of the AYCGL
Jann H. Adams, Ph.D., is the Associate Vice President for Leadership Initiatives and Lead Director of the Andrew Young Center for Global Leadership. Her primary responsibilities include envisioning, oversight, and implementation of the Andrew Young Center for Global Leadership, including the development of multiple student and faculty initiatives to advance leadership and social justice initiatives at the College, nationally and internationally. Adams also is responsible for establishing a new Office of International Education and implementing a strategic plan to internationalize the curriculum and increase faculty involvement and student engagement in education abroad. Adams also serves as the director of the Morehouse College Oprah Winfrey Program, a flagship scholarship program at the college for 30 years.
Adams is a tenured, full professor in the Department of Psychology where she served as chair from 2003 – 2007. Throughout her career Adams has remained committed to research and to building training programs for students in the sciences. Adams wrote three National Institutes of Health (NIH) Morehouse College MBRS RISE Program applications that were funded July 2004, 2008 and 2016. She wrote and directed the first NIH MARC-U*STAR Program awarded to Morehouse College. Adams is published in the areas of stress reactivity and John Henryism and has published chapters on feminist views of child sexual abuse and historical views of the sexual harassment and abuse of African American women. More recently, Dr. Adams’s research efforts have focused on enhancing knowledge of variables associated with increased production of African American Ph.D.’s in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and on pedagogical interventions to enhance academic outcomes of students in the sciences.
Adams serves as a faculty member for the Association of American Colleges and Universities Institute on Integrative Learning and provides training in several areas, including faculty and administrator leadership of integrative learning and community based learning approaches.
Adams received her B.A. in Psychology from Oberlin College and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Indiana University.