Teaching Faculty

This is the list of ‘Available Teaching Faculty’ at the Atlanta University Center complex of schools. Fellows are encouraged to contact potential teaching mentors listed on their own. Since not all faculty at the AUC are considered appropriate teaching mentors for this program, only those faculty on the list or those approved in writing by a member of the FIRST Executive Committee as well as the proposed mentor’s Chairman should be contacted by FIRST fellows. FIRST will also arrange for fellows to visit institutions as a group. By mid-February, fellows and mentors will submit a list of their top three choices and, based on those lists, the optimal fellow-mentor match will be made.

  • Dolores V. Bradley, Ph.D., Spelman College, Department of Psychology (Areas of interest include brain and behavior, sensation and perception and learning and memory and quantitative methods)
  • Karen Brakke, Ph.D., Spelman College, Department of Psychology (Courses Taught: General Psychology. Areas of Interest include animal behavior, developmental psychology, statistics and methodology, and language)
  • Tina Chang, Ph.D., Morehouse College, Department of Psychology (Teaching Interests: Research Methods, Statistics, Learning, Animal Behavior)
  • Teaniese Latham Davis, Morehouse College, Department of Psychology (Research Interests: STD and HIV prevention among adolescents and young adults; Intervention development to increase healthy and protective sexual behaviors) **Former FIRST Fellow
  • J. K. Haynes, Ph.D., Morehouse College, Department of Biology (Courses Taught: Cell Biology; Biological Research I and II; Senior Seminar in Biology)
  • Valerie Haftel, Ph.D., Morehouse College, Department of Biology (Courses Taught: General Biology and General Biology Laboratory for Science Majors; General Biology Lab-Honors) **Former FIRST Fellow
  • Shani Harris, Ph.D., Spelman College, Department of Psychology (Courses Taught: Psychology 423: Health Psychology) **Former FIRST Fellow
  • Triscia Hendrickson, Ph.D., Morehouse College, Department of Biology (Courses Taught: General Biology lecture and lab (freshman bio majors); Cell Biology lab (usually sophomore bio majors); Biological Research (usually junior and senior bio majors); Introduction to Research (usually sophomore science majors)) **Former FIRST Fellow
  • Lisa Hibbard, Ph.D., Spelman College, Department of Chemistry (Courses Taught: CHE 111/112-General Chemistry I & II and CHE 345/346-Physical Chemistry I & II)
  • Jennifer Kovacs, Ph.D., Spelman College, Department of Biology (Courses Taught: Animal Behavior ; Field Biology; Evolution in Action) **Former FIRST Fellow
  • Mark Lee, Ph.D., Spelman College, Department of Biology (Courses Taught: General Biology BIO 111; Biomolecules BIO 470; Senior Seminar BIO 485)
  • Mark Maloney, Ph.D., Spelman College, Department of Biology (Courses Taught: Immunology; Bioinformatics; Parasitology; General Biology; Microbiology; Interdisciplinary Science Course)
  • Juana Mendenhall, Ph.D., Morehouse College, Department of Chemistry (Areas of Expertise: Polymer Chemistry, Biomaterials, Nanotechnology, Tissue Engineering, Energy Harvesting)
  • Kai McCormack, Ph.D., Spelman College, Department of Psychology (Courses Taught: Statistics II, Brain and Behavior, and Research Methods) **Former FIRST Fellow
  • Valerie Odero-Marah, Ph.D., Clark Atlanta University, Department of Biological Sciences (Teaching Interests: Genetics)
  • Tiffany Oliver, Ph.D., Spelman College, Department of Biology (Courses Taught: Cell Biology + Lab; From Mendel and Beyond (Genetics); Research in Genetics). **Former FIRST Fellow
  • Aditi Pai, Ph.D., Spelman College, Department of Biology (Courses Taught: Ecology)
  • Alexandra Peister, Ph.D., Morehouse College, Department of Biology (Reserach Interests: Evaluation of stem cell sources for engineering 3D bone, fat, cartilage and muscle.)
  • Joann Powell, Ph.D., Clark Atlanta University, Department of Biological Sciences. **Former FIRST Fellow
  • Wallace Sharif, Ph.D., Morehouse College, Department of Biology (Research Interests: Cellular and Molecular Biology; The Biology of Aging)
  • Lance Shipman-Young, Ph.D., Morehouse College, Department of Chemistry. (Areas of Expertise: Structural Biology, Protein X-Ray Crystallography, Protein Chemistry, Biochemistry) **Former FIRST Fellow
  • Albert N. Thompson, Jr., Ph.D., Spelman College, Department of Chemistry, (Courses Taught: General Chemistry 111 & 112; General Chemistry Lab 111 & 112; Undergraduate Seminar in Chemistry 429)
  • Elethia Tillman, Ph.D., Spelman College, Department of Biology. (Courses Taught: Scientific Communication 
    Biology of Women + Lab; Organismal Biology + Lab) **Former FIRST Fellow
  • Sinead Younge, Ph.D., Morehouse College, Department of Psychology. **Former FIRST Fellow