Associate and Assistant Provosts
Kenneth Anderson, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies
Dr. Kenneth Alonzo Anderson, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies, earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction, with a minor in Educational Research and Policy Analysis from North Carolina State University. While at Howard University, Anderson has served in multiple roles such as Department Chair and two Associate Deanships in the School of Education. Anderson holds a faculty appointment, at the rank of full professor, in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Anderson’s research employs statistics and data science for school improvement in areas such as school safety and education policy. Anderson has a strong history of school-university partnerships and has served as Principal Investigator, Co-Principal Investigator, or Senior Personnel on a host of externally funded projects. His work has been featured in peer-reviewed outlets such as the Journal of Teacher Education, Teachers College Record, Urban Education, and Teaching and Teacher Education. Anderson recently co-authored a policy brief on school safety and SROs and his research has appeared in popular press outlets such as NBC.com, Brookings Institution, The Root, and more.
Daphne Bernard, R.Ph.
Associate Provost for Institutional Accreditation & Assessment
Dr. Bernard oversees university and specialized program accreditation, assessment and institutional research for Howard University and oversees the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (IRA). She also serves as the Middle States Commission on Higher Education Academic Liaison Officer for the university. Prior to being appointed as an Associate Provost, Dr. Bernard served as Interim Dean of the College of Pharmacy at Howard University where she is also an Associate Professor. With ten years as an academic administrator and twenty-one years as a faculty member, Dr. Bernard is considered a leader in academic assessment and accreditation with a commitment to academic excellence, continuous improvement and institutional effectiveness. Dr. Bernard received her Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from the Howard University College of Pharmacy. She was a fellow in the Academic Leadership Fellows Program of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. As a licensed pharmacist in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, she continues to provide care to patients on anticoagulant therapy. She has been an invited presenter at numerous annual meetings including the Association of Institutional Research Annual Meeting, American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Clinical Midyear Meeting, the Nonprescription Medicines Academy, and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Dr. Bernard is the immediate past Chair of the District of Columbia Board of Pharmacy where she was appointed by the mayor and served for seventeen years. She also served for three years as the District 2 Chair of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy representing 8 state pharmacy boards and 28 schools and colleges of pharmacy.
Melanie Carter, Ph.D.
Associate Provost and Director of HBCU Center for Research
Dr. Melanie Carter is Associate Provost and Director of the Howard University HBCU Center for Research. Dr. Carter leads the collaborative initiative to develop comprehensive research on higher education institutions that serve people of color. Dr. Carter served previously as the University’s inaugural Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies since January 2014. In this role, Dr. Carter provided strategic and visionary leadership to the Office of Undergraduate Studies (OUS). From 2007 – 2012, Dr. Carter served as Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Student Affairs in the Howard University School of Education including one year as Acting Dean (2010-2011). Dr. Carter is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Her research focuses include the history of higher education institutions, specifically HBCUs and pre-desegregation Black professional organizations, the accreditation of HBCUs, race and social equity and justice issues that impact postsecondary access and opportunity and factors related to undergraduate academic success.
In 2001, Dr. Carter was awarded a prestigious Spencer Fellowship to serve as a Scholar-in-Residence at Emory University and in 2002 received the Henry C. McBay Research Fellowship from the United Negro College Fund. Dr. Carter has served as a peer reviewer for Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and currently serves as a peer reviewer for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). In the summer of 2019, Dr. Carter served as a Fulbright Specialist at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein South Africa where she provided guidance in the development and implementation of a student academic success plan.
Prior to her appointment at Howard, Dr. Carter was a faculty member (1998-2007) and chair (2004-2006) in the Department of Educational Leadership at Clark Atlanta University. Having served at public and private institutions including The Ohio State University and Spelman College, she has more than 30 years of experience as an administrator in academic and student affairs leading and developing academic and academic support programs that foster student success and retention. She currently serves as co-principal investigator for a Lumina funded project, the HBCU Student Success Project: a three-year initiative to improve retention and degree completion and to decrease attainment gaps at three HBCUs.
Dr. Carter earned a B.A. in English Literature and Language from Ohio University, a M.A. in English Education from Atlanta University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership from The Ohio State University. She is also a 2008 graduate of the HERS Higher Education Leadership Institute at Bryn Mawr College.
Okianer Christian Dark, JD
Associate Provost for Faculty Development
Okianer Christian Dark is the Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Professor of Law at Howard University in Washington, D.C. In her role as Associate Provost, she established the Office of Faculty Development (OFD) in 2015 to provide oversight of and programming for the ongoing professional development of faculty at all ranks throughout the University and in all 13 Schools and Colleges. At Howard Law School, she has also served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Interim Dean of the School of Law. At Howard Law, she specializes in Torts, Products Liability, and Health Law. She was formerly a full Professor of Law at the University of Richmond School of Law in Richmond, VA for over 10 years where she specialized in Antitrust, Torts and Women and the Law. Also, she is widely regarded as an expert in Fair Housing Law because of her personal experience with housing discrimination. Her research primarily focuses on the use of Tort Law to address issues that impact marginalized communities. Associate Provost Dark is experienced litigator. Associate Provost Dark actively volunteers in the community where she lives and works. Presently, she is serving as Vice Chair of the Montgomery County Commission on Human Rights, Liaison to the Montgomery County Commission on Remembrance and Reconciliation and Chair of the Domestic Violence Conference for her church, Peoples Community Baptist Church, Silver Spring, MD. She received her B.A. magna cum laude from Upsala College, East Orange, NJ and her J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey. In November 2018, she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Rutgers University School of Law. She is a member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bars.
Angela Cole-Dixon, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
Angela P. Cole Dixon, Ph.D. is Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Professor of Psychology at Howard University. . In her role as Associate Provost, she is responsible for guiding academic planning, program review and development efforts; ongoing review and development of academic policy and administrative procedures, with specific emphasis in academic and student affairs; and providing direction and guidance in the area of faculty affairs. A proud Howard and Stanford alumna, Dr. Angela Cole Dixon joined the Howard University Department of Psychology faculty in 2001, studying cognitive and social factors that impact decision making, teaching undergraduate and graduate statistics and methodology courses, and chairing the department from 2014-2017.
Barron Harvey, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Academic Innovation & Strategic Initiatives
Dr. Harvey was appointed Associate Provost for Academic Innovation and Strategic Initiates, Office of the Provost, Howard University, effective July 1, 2020. His portfolio includes, New Academic Program Approval Review, Online Programs and Strategy, Strategic Partnerships and Innovation Projects and Programs. Dr. Harvey previously served as Endowed Professor of Accounting and Dean of the Howard University School of Business. Dr. Harvey served as head of the School of Business for 26 years. Under his distinguished leadership the Howard University School of Business continued to make strides in its ongoing quest to maintain excellence in its academic programs. In addition, to this prestigious position, Dr. Harvey is a tenured member of the faculty and has served as a full professor in the Department of Accounting for over 25 years. In fall 2007, Dr. Harvey became the first endowed professor in the School of Business when he was named Frank Ross/KPMG Endowed Professor in Accounting. He has twice been named “Educator of the Year” by the National Association of Black Accountants Inc. (NABA). During his academic career he has held numerous other administrative positions at the University, including Director of Graduate Programs, Departmental Chairperson, and Interim Dean. Additionally, he held other faculty appointments at the University of Nebraska, University of Miami and Georgetown University. Dr. Harvey earned an MBA degree in Accounting in 1975 and a Ph.D. degree in Organizational Behavior and Management Theory in 1977, both degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is a Certified Public Accountant, holding certifications with the District of Columbia and the State of Maryland. Currently, Dr. Harvey serves on numerous boards and committees including the Board of Directors of AACSB-International. He previously served as Chairman of the Board for the Fort Washington Hospital and was a member of the Research Committee of the Graduate Management Admission Council.
Kimberly Jones, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs
Kimberly Jones, Ph.D., is Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs. As Associate Provost, she reviews and evaluates applications for tenure line, career status and temporary appointments; promotion and tenure recommendations; sabbatical leave and leave without pay. She ensures that faculty appointments, promotions, tenure and leave adhere to the processes set forth in the Faculty Handbook and that they are in alignment with the bylaws of the respective schools/colleges. Her responsibilities also include supervising the maintenance of faculty academic data (tenure status, title, rank, academic home, etc.) and addressing other matters pertaining to the faculty, including grievances that are brought to the attention of the Office of the Provost. As a part of the Howard Forward strategic plan, she leads the Faculty Workload and Course Offerings Optimization initiative.
Dr. Kimberly L. Jones is a professor of Environmental Engineering, and former Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education at Howard University in Washington, DC. She holds a B.S in Civil Engineering from Howard University, a M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois in Champaign, IL and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Jones’ research interests include developing membrane processes for environmental applications, physical-chemical processes for water and wastewater treatment, remediation of emerging contaminants, global drinking water quality, environmental justice, and environmental nanotechnology.
Dr. Jones currently serves on the Chartered Science Advisory Board of the US Environmental Protection Agency, and as chair of the Drinking Water Committee of the Science Advisory Board. She has served on the Water Science and Technology Board of the National Academy of Sciences, and the Board of Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, where she was Secretary of the Board. She has served on several committees of the National Academy of Science and the Institute of Medicine. She served as the Deputy Director of the Keck Center for Nanoscale Materials for Molecular Recognition at Howard University. She also serves on the Center Steering Committee of the Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (CEINT). Dr. Jones has received a Top Women in Science Award from the National Technical Association, the Outstanding Young Civil Engineer award from University of Illinois Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, a NSF CAREER Award, an Outstanding Leadership and Service and Outstanding Faculty Mentor award from Howard University, and Top Women Achievers award from Essence Magazine. She also served as an associate editor of the Journal of Environmental Engineering (ASCE).
Cudore Snell, D.S.W.
Assistant Provost for International Affairs
Dr. Cudore Snell serves as the Assistant Provost for International Programs at Howard University. He coordinates the activities of the various units that are engaged in international affairs programming at the university. Dr. Cudore L. Snell has taught and conducted research at Howard University School of Social Work for the past 31 years. He joined the faculty of Howard School of Social Work in 1989 and has served in various capacities within the school including professor of a number of courses as well as Dean. As a Fulbright-Hayes Scholar, Dr. Snell conducted formative research on street youth in South Africa for comparative studies with youth living shared experiences in Washington, D.C. He served as Director of Global Initiatives for the School of Social Work. He has led the School’s International Service Learning Program to Cape Town, South Africa for the past 10 years. Additional research conducted by Dr. Snell has included topics related to HIV/AIDS, street youth, and the African American community among other areas. His international research centers on prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders among pregnant mothers who engage in risky drinking in the wine lands areas of South Africa. This is an ongoing collaborative project funded by the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA) on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in his hometown of Wellington, South Africa. He is well-published and has presented his research at the International AIDS conferences and International Association of Schools of Social Work across the world in countries like the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Italy, Ireland, Germany, Sweden, South Africa, Australia, Slovakia and Canada. Dr. Snell continues to serve as full professor and researcher in the School of Social Work.
Morris Thomas, Ph.D., PMP
Assistant Provost for Digital and Online Learning and Director of CETLA
Dr. Morris Thomas is responsible for providing visionary, strategic, and operational leadership for the Office of Digital and Online Learning and the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Assessment (CETLA). As Assistant Provost for the Office of Digital and Online Learning, Dr. Thomas provides oversight for the selection and implementation of digital learning tools as well as coordinate matters pertaining to online course and degree program development. This office will also facilitate the development and implementation of an effective and efficient digital learning infrastructure that supports the Howard Forward strategic plan. Dr. Thomas has an extensive background in facilitating learning across modalities (face-to-face, hybrid-blended, and online). Dr. Thomas employs Quality Matters, a global recognized, peer-review process used to ensure the quality of online and blended course design. He holds several Quality Matters certifications, including Master Reviewer, Peer-Reviewer and Quality Matters Coordinator. He is also certified to facilitate the Applying the Quality Matters Rubric workshop face-to-face and online. Dr. Thomas serves as a member of the Quality Matters Academic Advisory Council (QMAAC). Dr. Thomas is an established scholar, his research focuses on instructional dynamics which encompass instructional domains, design, and delivery. He has developed a conceptual framework called the E.N.H.A.N.C.E. Learning Model. This conceptual framework provides seven strategies to inform intentional course design and delivery. Dr. Thomas is also the creator of the framework, “The W.H.O.L.E. Experience,” a model to address Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in learning environments.
Dr. Thomas received his Ph.D. in higher education administration from Morgan State University, a M.A. in educational policy and leadership from The Ohio State University, a M.S. in instructional technology management from LaSalle University, a M.M. in classical vocal performance from New Jersey City University and a B.A. in music from Fisk University. He has completed post graduate studies at Cornell University and Georgetown University in project management and holds the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification with the Project Management Institute, Inc. (PMI). He has also completed the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate from the University of South Florida Muma College of Business.