The Andrew Young Center for Global Leadership (AYCGL)

Jann H. Adams, PhD

Jann Adams is the Associate Vice President for Leadership Initiatives and Lead Director of the Andrew Young Center for Global Leadership at Morehouse College. Jann’s primary responsibilities include planning, implementation, and oversight of the Andrew Young Center for Global Leadership, including the development of multiple student and faculty initiatives to advance leadership and social justice training and research at the College. The re-envisioned AYCGL includes four institutes: The Institute for Research, Civic Engagement, and Policy; the Leadership Studies Program; the Institute for Social Justice Inquiry and Praxis; and the Institute for International and Experiential Education, for which Jann is director. Jann is responsible for establishing a new Office of International Education which oversees the internationalization of the curriculum and works to enhance and increase study abroad programming at the College. Finally, Jann serves as the director of the Morehouse College Oprah Winfrey Program, a flagship scholarship program that has existed at the college for 30 years.

As Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs from 2014 – 2017, Jann led a number of Academic Affairs initiatives, including reform of faculty evaluation and development, tenure and promotion procedures, and training and development of departmental chairs. In August 2016 Jann’s responsibilities were broadened to include oversight of General Education reform, updating of the course catalog, development and implementation of curricular innovation at the College (including J-Mester, online and hybrid courses), and oversight of study abroad programs. Some accomplishments included restructuring of faculty positions and establishing a reformed non-tenure track rank at the College; implementation of a new commencement participation policy and process; enhancement of faculty utilization of classroom technology, increasing utilization of the Blackboard platform from approximately 35 to 95% of faculty; enhancement of intellectual engagement and recognition of faculty, including establishment of the faculty “Research Café”, featuring pedagogical and research presentations; and the granting of teaching awards for exceptional faculty.

As Associate Dean of the Division of Science and Mathematics from 2008-2012, Jann spearheaded efforts to enhance the productivity and promotion of women faculty, led strategic planning efforts, led a division-wide leadership initiative, division-wide implementation of Peer Led Team Learning, and developed a division evaluation assessing the academic success and graduate school entrance of Morehouse science majors, as well as an evaluation of the impact of division programs, research training and international experiences. 

Jann is a tenured, full professor in the Department of Psychology where she served as chair from 2003 – 2007. While Adams served as chair, the Department of Psychology completed substantial revision of the psychology curriculum, established of faculty performance benchmarks, revised tenure and teaching evaluation procedures, and participated in preparation for SACS re-accreditation.

Throughout her career Jann has remained committed to research and to building training programs for students in the sciences. Jann wrote three National Institutes of Health (NIH) Morehouse College MBRS RISE Program applications that were funded July 2004, 2008 and 2016. She directed the RISE Program for 10 years. Similarly, in collaboration with STEM faculty, Jann wrote and directed the first NIH MARC-U*STAR Program awarded to Morehouse College. The MBRS RISE and MARC-U*STAR Programs enhance the research infrastructure, science curriculum and research training of students in the Division of Science and Mathematics. Jann is published in the areas of stress reactivity and John Henryism, and also 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, Jann’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.

Jann serves as a faculty member for the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Institute on Integrative Learning and provides training in faculty and administrator leadership of integrative learning and community- based learning approaches. 

Jann received her B.A. in Psychology from Oberlin College and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Indiana University.