OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR
The Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) creates, supports, and enhances a student-centered academic environment that supports Philander Smith College’s mission and vision to “graduate academically accomplished students who are grounded as advocates for social justice, determined to intentionally change the world for the better.” It is the administrative center which drives the academic environment at PSC. The VPAA oversees curricula within five academic divisions, enforces academic standards, and maintains academic records.
This office also oversees the accreditation and
re-accreditation process of academic programs, representing the college at conferences and meetings addressing academic and higher
education issues. This office also supervises operations of
the library, research and assessment, freshmen advising, Faculty Development and the Academic Success Program (Developmental Studies and Retention).
The philosophy of the VPAA is to develop and maintain what is best for the students and what is best for the institution. This office reports to the president of the college as it serves four primary roles including:
Leading: The Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs works with academic division chairs and faculty, articulates an academic vision for the college, sets the overall academic direction of the college, and establishes the academic agenda for the future.
Facilitating: The VPAA facilitates the accomplishment of the college’s mission and its academic goals through the development and maintenance of academic programs, procedures, and standards; in the selection, evaluation, and development of faculty and staff; in the review of academic programs; in the allocation of funds; and in the provision of information to the college community.
Collaborating: The VPAA collaborates with Division Chairs who make recommendations to him for appointments of new faculty members and their support staff. The VPAA collaborates with the President for final approval of new faculty members and their support staff.
Coordinating: The VPAA maintains a broad and coherent college perspective to meet the needs of the college community; the needs and character of the academic programs; and offers a quality learning environment for the college’s various academic divisions, programs, and services.
Dr. Frank A. James
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Myer L. Titus Building, Suite E
Office – 501.370.5276
Fax – 501.370.5399
Dr. Frank James was named Vice President for Academic Affairs in January 2007. In his nearly 30-year-career at PSC, Dr. James has served in various capacities, including Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs (October 2006-January 2007); Chairman of Mathematics and Computer Science (1988-2006); and Director of Computer Information Services, Professor of Mathematics (1999-Present).
He supervises the daily operations of the college’s
Academic Affairs Division, a team of professors and professionals who
offer curricula that generate more than 15 degree programs in five
academic divisions. He oversees the administrative processes of the Academic Success Center, Retention Czar, academic advising, TRIO-Upward Bound, Faculty Development, Donald W.
Reynolds Library Center & Technology Center, Institutional Research
and Assessment, as well as accreditation, sponsored programs and grants.
Dr. James earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics from Philander Smith College in 1961. He holds a master's degree in mathematics from the University of Arkansas, and a doctorate degree in mathematics from New York University. He joined the Philander Smith faculty in 1999 after serving as director of graduate studies and professor of mathematics at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (1985-1999). His other professional experiences include having served as a lecturer at Queens College in Flushing, New York (1970-1971) and assistant professor of mathematics at Grambling University (1965-1970).
Dr. James looks forward to serving students. All his efforts reinforce his goal—to work with his colleagues in providing PSC students with a quality education, critical thinking skills, and current technology so that they can develop their own leadership abilities as social justice advocates and contributing members of society.
Dr. Annie Winkler Williams
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
Associate Professor of Business (Tenured)
B.A., Philander Smith College
M.S., University of Wisconsin at Madison
Ed.D., University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
Myer L. Titus Building, Suite E
Office - 501.975.8506
Fax - 501.370.5399
Within the Office of Academic Affairs, her current duties are as follows:
- Scheduling Academic Appeals
- Change of Grades
- Transient Forms
- Curriculum Issues
- Accreditation Issues/Reports
- Academic Calendar
Director of Research and Assessment
International Student Advisor (PDSO)
Title II Coordinator
B.S. Mathematics & Secondary Educ., University of Arkansas at Little Rock
M.B.A. Information Systems Management, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Myer L. Titus Building, Suite E
Office – 501 370-5280
Fax – 5012 3470-5211
Within the Office of Academic Affairs, her current duties include:
Federal Reporting (IPEDS Key holder)
Coordinate Title II Activities
Administer Compass, Rising Junior and Major Field Test Assessments
Administer Surveys: Student Elections, CIRP, NSSE, and Course Evaluations
Respond to data inquiries from: UNCF, Black College Fund, Independent Colleges of Arkansas, Higher Learning Commission, etc.
Provide internal data reports
Respond to requests from external sources such as magazine surveys
Advise International Students (PDSO)
Office - 501.370.5216
Fax - 501.370.5399
Tia L. Hickman
HBCU-Up Program Manager
ARK-LSAMP Data Collector/Assistant Coordinator
Office - (501) 975-8549
Fax - (501) 370-5399
Philander Smith College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate degrees. The organization can be reached at www.higherlearningcommission.org.
Philander Smith College is approved by:
§ Arkansas Department of Education
§ University Senate of the United Methodist Church
Philander Smith College has programmatic accreditation for the following academic programs through the following organizations:
§ Division of Business and Economics:
§ Division of Education:
NCATE 2012 PSC Accreditation Report
§Division of Social Sciences, Social Work Department:
The International Student Organization is comprised of 25 students representing several African countries as well as the Bahamas. With an aggressive recruiting campaign in the Bahamas and as a member of the Rwanda Presidential Scholars Program, these students attend Philander Smith College on F1 visas.
Marcia Johnson, a senior from Nassau, Bahamas, is the president of the organization, which she says plans to host International Student Appreciation Week in the Spring 2012. Johnson is majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting.
For more information about the ISO, contact Johnson at (501) 779-5076.
Philander Smith College International Students
With an aggressive recruiting campaign in the Bahamas and as a member of the Rwanda Presidential Scholars Program, 36 students on F1 visas from foreign countries are studying with us during the 11/12 academic year. Enrolled are 26 students from the Bahamas , seven from Rwanda and one student from China. In addition we have students, faculty and staff from China, Haiti, Kenya, Liberia, Mexico, Namibia, Sierra Leone, and Spain, Jamaica, Nigeria, Cameroon, Trinidad-Tobago, Palestine and South Korea.
The Rwanda Presidential Scholars Program was started by President Paul Kagame in 2006. The concept is that Rwanda would identify its best and brightest students in the sciences and arrange to have those students educated abroad in other countries. These students would be offered scholarships, earn a degree in the U.S. and then return home to help rebuild their country, which lost many of its leading minds in the genocide. The scholarships are sponsored by the Rwandan Government in agreement with several Arkansas and other U.S. colleges and universities. An important second phase is to allow a small group of students from these 12 higher education institutions to study, work, and engage in Rwanda and the region. Philander Smith had two students participating in the Rwanda and Uganda Study Abroad and Internship Program during the spring 2010 semester.
The International Student Advisor is Ms. Beverly Richardson. She is assisted by the Registrar, Ms. Bertha Owens.