Dr. Loretta A. Moore appointed Associate Vice President for Research and Scholarly Engagement


July 27, 2012

Dr. Loretta A. Moore

(JACKSON, Miss.) – Dr. Loretta A. Moore, who since 2011 has served as interim associate dean for the College of Science, Engineering and Technology at Jackson State University, has been appointed Associate Vice President for Research and Scholarly Engagement.

In this new role, Moore will lead JSU’s new Academy for Research and Scholarly Engagement, which will work to enhance the scholarly careers of JSU faculty members. As a part of the academy, she will also lead the Jackson State’s Center for University Scholars.

“The academy will be targeted toward junior faculty members who have yet to establish a strong grantmanship record and people at the associate or full professor level who are trying to reemerge with a new or different research focus,” Moore said. “Having the opportunity to work campus wide with all five colleges is very exciting. It will allow me to use some of my strengths to help our faculty identify funding for research and scholarly endeavors.”

Moore’s new role parallels nicely with the ongoing efforts of the National Science Foundation funded JSUAdvance project, for which she serves as principal investigator. That project focuses on advancing the careers of female faculty members in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and Social and Behavioral Science (SBS) disciplines.

The new academy and the Center for University Scholars will be housed in the Division of Research and Federal Relations.

“We expect this new academy to help foster even more research and innovation among our faculty,” said Dr. Felix Okojie, vice president for Research and Federal Relations. “We look forward to having Dr. Moore on our team.”

Moore joined JSU’s faculty 14 years ago as professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science.  She has held positions at Auburn University, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Army Research Laboratory, NASA Kennedy Space Center and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. Moore’s current research is in the area of computational thinking and in the application of intelligent techniques to cyber security, visual analytics and visualization.  She has received funding from agencies including the National Science Foundation, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of Energy – Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Army Research Laboratory, NASA Kennedy Space Center, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA Headquarters, and Jacobs Technology.  Moore serves as a commissioner for the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.  Dr. Moore is a member of the Board of the Association of Departments of Computing at Minority Institutions (ADMI); she also holds membership in ACM, IEEE, and AAUW organizations.  She previously served as a member of the U.S. Army Science Board.  She is active in the recruitment, retention, and promotion of African-American computer scientists. Moore received her B.S. degree in Computer Science from Jackson State University and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

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Jackson State University, founded in 1877, is a historically black, high research activity university located in Jackson, the capital city of Mississippi. Jackson State’s nurturing academic environment challenges individuals to change lives through teaching, research and service. Officially designated as Mississippi’s Urban University, Jackson State continues to enhance the state, nation and world through comprehensive economic development, health-care, technological and educational initiatives. The only public university in the Jackson metropolitan area, Jackson State is located near downtown, with three satellite campuses throughout the city. For more information, visit www.jsums.edu.

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