Columbia State's DeMarcus Jackson Named Maxine Smith Fellow

(COLUMBIA, Tenn. – June 23, 2016) - - - Columbia State Community College’s DeMarcus Jackson has recently been selected for the 2016 Maxine Smith Fellows Program by the Tennessee Board of Regents.

“Jackson is known as an educator who cares about his students and works with them to achieve success in their studies,” said Dr. Janet F. Smith, Columbia State president. “Jackson is well respected by his peers. His commitment to student growth is exemplified by his teaching and continuous leadership in extracurricular lectures, workshops and student organizations.”

Jackson, Columbia State associate professor of psychology, has taught at the college since 2006. In 2009, he was the recipient of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Teaching Excellence Award.

The Maxine Smith Fellows program is a TBR initiative designed to provide opportunities for underrepresented employees, allowing them to participate in a working and learning environment that enhances work experience and career development. The program is a tool to increase the diversity of ideas, thoughts and experiences that enhance the educational environment at TBR institutions.

Expected to enhance the marketability and employment potential of all fellows, the competitive program is also designed to help increase the number of qualified candidates considered for senior level administrative positions at TBR institutions.

During his tenure at Columbia State, Jackson has held multiple roles, including Faculty Senate president and vice president, faculty adviser for Columbia State’s Gay-Straight Alliance and has been a member of several institutional committees.

In addition to his many roles at the college, Jackson is a member of the American Psychological Association, Psychology Educators of Tennessee, American Humanist Association and the Human Rights Campaign.

Jackson holds a master’s degree in educational psychology from Capella University, a post-master’s certificate in general psychology from Northcentral University and is currently pursuing a doctorate of psychology from Touro College & University System.

“I am honored and humbled that I was selected as Columbia State’s representative in the Maxine Smith Fellows program,” Jackson said. “This program will allow me to further evolve my passion for teaching and for students by extending this passion into the realm of higher education administration and policy making. I will try my best to embody the highest principles of Maxine Smith’s life and legacy.”

Jackson would like to thank Dr. Janet F. Smith for the nomination into the Fellows program.

“As a faculty member of Columbia State for nearly 10 years, I know that the Maxine Smith Fellows program will be a meaningful experience that will enhance my professional development,” Jackson said. “I know the program will nurture the growth of new skills and abilities that may help future advancement within Tennessee’s higher education system.”

DeMarcus Jackson Smiles
Photo Caption: Hopkinsville, Kentucky native, DeMarcus Jackson, is an associate professor of psychology at Columbia State's Lawrence Campus.

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