Dr. Clara Young

Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs

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Dr. Clara Young currently serves as the Interim Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs. She is originally from Madison, IL, and pursued her degrees at Illinois State University and Webster University. She began her career in higher education at Mississippi State University in 1994.  Dr. Young continued her career at Auburn University Montgomery (Alabama) until 2015.  In 2015, Dr. Young accepted a faculty position in the Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education at Tennessee State University. During her tenure in the College, she has fulfilled her desire to work at an HBCU.  God rewards faithfulness.

Dr. Young has been an Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and presently, a Professor.  In addition, she has served as Faculty Senate Chairperson, Faculty Senator, has been a member of the Research Association of Minority Professors since 1995 where she served as President 2015-2017 and has served as chairperson of the annual conference in 2009 and 2017.  Dr. Young has presented at several conferences such as American Educational Research Association, Association of American Colleges for Teacher Education, Research Association for Minority Professors and National Society of Black Engineers.  She also serves as the Editor of the Journal of the Research Association of Minority Professors (JRAMP).  Dr. Young’s area of research focuses on Mentoring and Retention of Students in Education.  She has also had the opportunity to conduct numerous workshops related to Instructing and Managing African American Students and Parenting.  She is an advocate for First-Generation college students.

Dr. Young is from a family of eight children and the mother of one son, Nickolaus Rashad (Kadawn).  She has two grandchildren, Madison Young and Camille Russell.

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