Meet the Team
Professional Education Faculty
Dwayne Smith, Ph.D., Acting Dean, Vice President of Academic Affairs
Odesa Weatherford-Jacobs, Ph.D. Educational Studies, Assistant Dean
Betty Porter Walls, Ph.D., Reading and Cross-Categorical Special Education
William Kerns, Ph.D., Middle/Secondary Education (Social Studies and English)
Julia Auch, Ph.D., Early Childhood Education
Janet Walker, Ed.D., Elementary Education
Statha Kline-Cherry, Ed.D., Middle/Secondary Education (Math/Science)
Dorothy Turner, M.E., Director of Clinical and Field Experiences
Jennifer Jackson, M.E., Data Entry Support Staff
Recognitions & Awards
U.S. News & World Report
On December 15th Newsweek highlighted Harris-Stowe State University in the "GREAT TEACHING SCHOOLS 2016" article. This piece stated, "central to the school's mission of producing caring and well-informed teachers is the philosophy that a holistic approach is necessary to properly educate a child." Harris-Stowe’s rigorous program ensures that aspiring teachers are ready to take on challenges of the urban educator.
Harris-Stowe ranked No. 28 among the 2016 Top HBCUs according to Niche.com, an online content provider or reviews and insights on more than 1,100 U.S. colleges.
Mo. Dept. of Higher Education and Diverse Issues
In 2014, Harris-Stowe ranked No. 1 in the state of Missouri and No. 47 in the nation in granting degrees in mathematics and statistics to African Americans according to Missouri Dept. of Higher Education and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, a news magazine that has ranked institutions conferring the most degrees to minority students for the past 30 years.