The Minority Achievement, Creativity, and High Ability (MACH-III) Center: Researching the Status of Minority Populations across the P-20 Education Spectrum in the U.S.
Dr. Fred A. Bonner II; Dr. Stella L. Smith; and Dr. Kamala V. Williams
Minority Achievement, Creativity and High Ability Center (MACH-III); Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling; Prairie View A&M University, USA
 
                          
 
Under the direction of Dr. Fred A. Bonner II, professor and endowed chair at Prairie View A&M University, the mission of the Minority Achievement, Creativity, and High-Ability (MACH-III) Center is to produce cutting-edge best-practices and scholarship that will speak to the contemporary issues impacting our target populations across the P-20 spectrum and beyond into critical workplace contexts. The tripartite focus of the MACH-III Center among critical populations is administration, faculty, and students.  The Center serves as a crucible that will facilitate the combinations of key elements from multiple disciplines and fields.  The contributions of the MACH-III Center to the knowledge base will be operationalized primarily through six strategic foci that are referred to as vectors.  This presentation will provide an overview of the Minority Achievement, Creativity, and High-Ability Center (MACH-III) Center, our unique positionality within the U.S. educational context, and our six strategic areas of research focus.
 
Short Biographies
 
 
Dr. Fred A. Bonner, II is Professor and Endowed Chair in Educational Leadership and Counseling at Prairie View A&M University.  He is formerly the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Endowed Chair in Education in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University and an esteemed expert in the field of diversity in education. Prior to joining Rutgers, he was Professor of Higher Education Administration and Dean of Faculties at Texas A&M University-College Station. He earned a B.A. in chemistry from the University of North Texas, an M.S. Ed. in curriculum and instruction from Baylor University, and an Ed.D. in higher education administration & college teaching from the University of Arkansas.  Bonner has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Association for Higher Education Black Caucus Dissertation Award and the Educational Leadership, Counseling and Foundation's Dissertation of the Year Award from the University of Arkansas College of Education.  His work has been featured nationally and internationally. He is the author of the recently released book, Building on Resilience:Models and Frameworks of Black Male Success Across the P-20 Pipeline.
 
 
Dr. Kamala V. Williams is the Editorial & Creative Services Specialist for the MACH-III Center, Whitlowe R. Green College of Education, Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling, Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas. She is an adjunct professor and member of the graduate faculty at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Dr. Williams also serves as the Managing Editor of the National Journal of Urban Education and Practice. The former Coordinator for the Center for Urban School Partnerships, a center that focuses on school and community partnerships, Dr. Williams conducted numerous professional development sessions with teachers across Texas. Dr. Williams coordinated the Student Teaching in Urban Schools Program for clinical teachers interested in teaching in urban schools. Her research centers on urban education and she maintains a key focus on issues affecting marginalized populations.  She has presented at both national and international conferences. She has several publications: peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters,  and is co-author of a professional development manual used for professional development in several urban school districts.
 
 
Dr. Stella L. Smith is the Associate Director for the Minority Achievement, Creativity and High-Ability Center in the Whitlowe R. Green College of Education Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling at Prairie View A&M University.  In this role, Dr. Smith provides strategic leadership and oversight of the MACH-III Center operations including financial, programmatic, research and assessment activities. Dr. Smith previously served as the Associate Director for the Longhorn Link Program, a federally funding TRIO student support program in the Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence (LCAE) in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin. A qualitative researcher, her scholarly interests focus on several areas including the experiences of faculty and administrators of color in higher education; African American females in leadership in higher education; access and inclusion of underserved populations in higher education, and P–20 educational pipeline alignment. An experienced higher education administrator, prior to this position Dr. Smith served as the Executive Director for Administrative Services where she oversaw the development, implementation and management of administrative services (financial processing and human resource management) for more than 200 employees in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement.
 
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Dr. Fred A. Bonner II; Dr. Stella L. Smith, and Dr. Kamala V. Williams;
Minority Achievement, Creativity and High Ability Center (MACH-III);
Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling;
Whitlowe R. Green College of Education;
Prairie View A&M University;
W.F. Delco Room 229; P.O. Box 519, Mail Stop 2420; Prairie View, Texas 77446, USA.
Phone: 936.261.3656; Fax: 936.261.3617
 

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