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Jonathan T. Smalls, Ph.D.

Higher Education Administrator 

Dedicated higher education administrator eager to resume a career in higher education. Self-directed, resourceful, and enthusiastic professional with a genuine interest in fostering students’ growth and increasing institutions’ effectiveness via fundraising, scholarship, research, strategic planning, and support services. 

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Gallup Strengths Finder 2.0: *Achiever *Learner *Connectedness *Input *Context 

MBTI Assessment (ESFJ): *Caring *Harmonious *Organized *Traditional 

 

Education 

Executive Ph.D. in Urban Higher Education Administration- Jackson State University, 2019 

Dissertation: The Theory of Hypermasculinity as a Predictor of Retention among Black Male Undergraduates 

Master of Arts in Christian Education - Interdenominational Theological Center, 2009 

Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Philosophy- Benedict College, 2007 

 Professional Experience 

 

Associate Vice Provost of Sponsored Programs and Research: Claflin University- 9/2022- Present 

  • Provides leadership and oversight for growing Claflin’s sponsored program portfolio. 

  • Supervise the pre-award proposal development and submission process. 

  • Manage award acceptance and contract negotiations, and post-award management and compliance. 

  • Manage activities, programs, budgets, operations, and personnel. 

  • Lead the development, implementation, and maintenance of grant-related policies and procedures. 

  • Serve as a liaison with the Office of the Vice President for Fiscal Affairs for grant accounting. 

  • Develop a comprehensive strategic plan to increase external funding which aligns with Claflin’s overall Strategic Plan 

  • Serve as the Authorized Organizational Representative; and create a culture that supports compliance and the expansion of sponsored research activities. 

Director of Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program (University College): Johnson C. Smith University- 10/2017- Present 

  • Supervise and evaluate core personnel to ensure program efficiency and effectiveness. 

  • Design curricula in research and scholarly activities to increase the number of low-income, 1st generation, and underserved students who attain graduate and doctoral degrees. 

  • Created a McNair Multipurpose Research Hub to engender a sense of belonging, camaraderie, and innovation. 

  • Develop standard operation procedures (SOPs), handbooks, schedules, and marketing materials. 

  • Create programs for tutoring, graduate school preparation (GRE, applications, and financial aid/literacy), leadership, mentoring, and cultural events. 

  • Manage Jr. McNair Outreach Initiative for first-year students. 

  • Advise and train students in research writing, protocols, and procedures. 

  • Develop and manage budgets to ensure allowable cost and cost-effectiveness. 

  • Coordinate formative and summative evaluation components to assess performance measures, fidelity, and effectiveness. 

  • Appoint and facilitate advisory committee to generate evaluations and continuous improvement plans. 

  • Train McNair staff, faculty mentors, and tutors in program SOPs and regulations. 

  • Develop program policies and procedures to align with federal regulations. 

  • Generate federal and institutional reports- assessments for SACSCOC and U.S. Department of Education. 

  • Train faculty and staff in University College’s (First-Year Experience) Student Success Model using metacognitive and non-cognitive variables. 

  • Assist students with research publications. 

  • Coordinate undergraduate research conferences for faculty and students. 

  • Facilitated recruitment session in Nassau, Bahamas at Aquinas College. 

  • Produce marketing materials to recruit eligible students and faculty mentors. 

  • Coordinate the 21st Century Evidence-Based Research Mentoring for Student Success and Persistence Conference- faculty and staff professional development opportunity. 

 

Notable Achievements 

  • 70% of students served engaged in research and scholarly activities 

  • 76% of students presented research at conferences- California, New Mexico, New York, Texas, Florida, Georgia, Dubai, etc. 

  • 25% of seniors published in a peer-review journal 

  • 95% student satisfaction rate 

  • 60% of seniors placed in graduate school- New York University, Johns Hopkins, Syracuse University, Georgia State University, Morehouse School of Medicine, etc.

Research and Grant Award Specialist: Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, NC -3/2014-12/2017

  • Provided overall leadership and served as a support for researchers and administrators in all aspects of proposal development. 

  • Researched grant resource opportunities from various federal, state, and local agencies to secure extramural funding to support university instruction, research, and service efforts. 

  • Collaborated with executive management and institutional advancement to ensure foci of funding sources to enhance the university’s goals for capital growth and community relations. 

  • Served as the lead in providing training to faculty and staff as appropriate to educate, interpret or explain institutional and governmental policies, regulations, and rules on proposal development, grant administration, and program compliance. 

  • Assisted students who are seeking support from extramural agencies offering undergraduate research opportunities. 

  • Established and coordinated the Carolina Alliance for Success in Education (C.A.S.E.) Summit each year for HBCUs in North Carolina and South Carolina. 

  • Facilitated a Grant Development Institute each year. 

  • Collaborated with Smith Institute for Applied Research to conduct research development activities. 

  • Instrumental in developing the HBCU Clean Energy Coalition- a partnership between HBCUs and the U.S. Department of Energy. 

  • Assisted students in developing research posters presented to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). 

  • Assisted the Office of Institutional Effectiveness with strategic planning and assessment for reaffirmation (SACSCOC). 

  • Developed marketing materials to disseminate to potential funders, partners, and other stakeholders. 

 

Notable Achievements 

  • Moved the needle in extramural funding to $4.5 million in sponsored programs 

  • Established the Carolina Alliance for Success in Education (CASE) among HBCUs 

  • Developed and implemented the Grant Development Institute (GDI) 

  • Increased grantsmanship by 60% 

Higher Education Consultant: Denmark Technical College 8/2015-8/2018 

  • Developed grant proposals for the National Science Foundation and the Department of Education. 

  • Provided grant development and program assessment/evaluation training. 

 

Notable Achievement 

  • Awarded Upward Bound Program by Department of Education- $1.1 million 

 

Curriculum Enhancement and Evaluation Consultant: Denmark Technical College 7/2014- 10/2014 

  • Conducted external evaluations for curriculum enhancement in Engineering and Industrial Related Technologies Programs employing logic modeling and context, input, processes, and products (CIPP) model. 

  • Enhanced curriculum for the Division of Engineering and Industrial Related- Technologies to align with the National Center for Construction Education and Research’s standards. 

Grants Administrator: Denmark Technical College, Denmark, SC –1/2012- 3/2014 

  • Assisted Director of Title III/ Grants and Contracts with developing and managing programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education Title III B Program. 

  • Each year, wrote and managed the South Carolina Department of Education Perkins’ IV Program- S.C. Technical College System. 

  • Generated Perkins IV project quarterly and annual performance/budget reports. 

  • Solicited potential funding opportunities from alumni, private, public, and governmental agencies for the Office of Title III/Grants and Contracts. 

  • Researched quantitative and qualitative data for grant proposals and applications. 

  • Developed and wrote grant proposals, applications, and budgets for the Office of Title III/ Grants and Contracts. 

  • Assisted the Office of Title III/ Grants and Contracts Director with managing institutions’ grants and contracts. 

  • Developed and implemented the Institutional Review Board (IRB) policies and procedures. 

  • Generated quarterly and annual reports to private and governmental grant funding agencies. 

  • Coordinated with Principal Investigators who manage programs sponsored by public, private and governmental agencies. 

  • Conducted workshops to promote the awareness of services, program rules, and conditions of funds granted to the institution’s stakeholders. 

  • Attended meetings with public, private, and government agencies that sponsor programs at the institution. 

  • Developed policies and procedures for Title III/ Grants and Contracts 

  • Worked directly with the President in developing policies, procedures, and strategic plans to reframe the institution’s Transitional Studies Program. 

  • Worked directly with the President in developing a Default Management Plan to submit to the U.S. Department of Education regarding Title IV. 

  • Established Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) and Articulation Agreements with high schools and 4-year institutions. 

  • Assisted Enrollment and Financial Aid Offices with registration processes (e.g., evaluate transcripts and FAFSA completion). 

  • Coordinated Math and Science Summer Institute for middle school students (Department of Energy) 

  • Coordinated the Creating Pathways for High School Minorities in STEM Program (dual enrollment program). 

  • Managed the STEM Scholarship Program sponsored by the Department of Energy. 

  • Conducted internal assessments/evaluations for HBCU Title III Program, Carl Perkins Program, National Science Foundation Program, and Department of Energy Program 

  • Developed marketing materials to disseminate to potential funders, partners, alumni, and other stakeholders. 

Notable Achievements 

  • Assisted in increasing enrollment to more than 2,500 (500 baseline) 

  • More than $15 million in sponsored programs for student service outcomes, institutional management, academic quality, and fiscal stability 

  • Developed and implemented the STEM Institute for middle and high school students (Department of Energy) 

  • Awarded the Advanced Technology Education (ATE) by NSF to support STEM pipeline 

  • Increased operating budget by more than $12 million by developing an unconventional access to college policy 

  • Implemented an IRB Board and policies 

  • Contributed to increasing 2013-2014 Fall to Fall retention to 33% (13% baseline) 

 

Research Coordinator: Denmark Technical College, Denmark, SC 1/2010- 1/2012 

  • Conducted external and internal environmental scanning for College’s strategic and operational planning. 

  • Conducted focus groups with businesses and industries in the tri-county service area. 

  • Assisted the Division of Institution of Research, Planning, and Development with developing SACS’ 5th-year Interim Report. 

  • Researched and aggregated qualitative and quantitative data for the College’s strategic and operational planning. 

  • Assisted the Director of Title III/Grants and Contracts with Strategic and Budget Plans. 

  • Researched potential grant opportunities funded by private, public, and governmental agencies for the Office of Grants and Contracts. 

  • Researched quantitative and qualitative data for grant proposals and applications. 

  • Developed and wrote grant proposals, applications, and budgets for the Office of Grants and Contracts. 

  • Generated quarterly, interim, and annual reports to grant funding agencies. 

 

Division of Enrollment Services Summer Internship: Denmark Technical College- Denmark, SC 6/2008-8/2009 (2 consecutive years-paid) 

▪ Assisted Dean of Enrollment Management with student enrollment and registration processes (i.e., enrollment and financial aid applications). 

Teaching Experience 

Biddle Institute Instructor: Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, NC 09/2020- Present 

  • Teach smith seminar and strengths course to sit lux and biddle students. 

  • Facilitate lectures on non-cognitive strengths to promote transition and persistence among first-year students. 

  • Create and distribute educational content (notes, summaries, assignments, etc.). 

  • Assess and record students’ progress and provide grades and feedback. 

  • Utilize Canvas Learning Management System as an e-learning tool to enrich, support, and connect every aspect of teaching and learning. 

McNair Leadership Seminar Instructor: Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, NC- 06/19- Present 

  • Provide instruction in leadership styles and theory to promote student leadership and engagement for undergraduate and graduate education. 

  • Integrate non-cognitive variables and strength framework into course content. 

  • Integrate college culture and function into course content to promote post-baccalaureate readiness-jungle, theater, machine, and family institutional typologies. 

  • Support McNair Scholars in research proposal development. 

  • Develop assessments and learning materials to measure student success. 

  • Create and distribute educational content (notes, summaries, assignments, etc.). 

  • Assess and record students’ progress and provide grades and feedback. 

  • Utilize Canvas Learning Management System as an e-learning tool to enrich, support, and connect every aspect of teaching and learning. 

 

McNair Research Seminar Instructor: Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, NC -01/2019- Present 

  • Provide instruction in research methods (qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods). 

  • Support McNair Scholars in research proposal development. 

  • Develop assessments and learning materials to measure student success. 

  • Create and distribute educational content (notes, summaries, assignments, etc.). 

  • Assess and record students’ progress and provide grades and feedback. 

  • Utilize Canvas Learning Management System as an e-learning tool to enrich, support, and connect every aspect of teaching and learning. 

 

Smith Seminar Instructor: Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, NC – 8/2018- Present 

  • Integrate student success model and strength framework into lesson plans. 

  • Develop assessments and learning materials to measure student success. 

  • Present lessons in a comprehensive manner and utilize technology to facilitate learning. 

  • Provide individualized instruction to each student by promoting interactive learning. 

  • Create and distribute educational content (notes, summaries, assignments, etc.). 

  • Assess and record students’ progress and provide grades and feedback. 

  • Collaborate with other faculty, staff, and stakeholders to facilitate transition and retention among first-year students. 

  • Utilize Canvas Learning Management System as an e-learning tool to enrich, support, and connect every aspect of teaching and learning. 

 

Adjunct Instructor for Religious Studies: Benedict College, Columbia, SC 8/2010- 3/2014 

  • Served as a part-time professor- provided classroom instruction, lectures, and training. 

  • Taught two to three courses each semester with an estimated 40 students per class. 

  • Facilitated adult learning and non-traditional teaching for Continuing Education Program 

  • Lectured and communicate effectively with a student from diverse backgrounds. 

  • Evaluated and critique assessments, papers, and presentations. 

  • Enhanced curriculum and syllabi with measurable student learning outcomes 

  • Created and implemented innovative pedagogy through technology integration 

Grants Awarded and Managed 

 

Advanced Technology Education Program (National Science Foundation) 

$200,000 

Title III (U.S. Department of Education) 

$2 million (annually) 

Carl Perkins Program (S.C. Department of Education) 

$200,000 to 500,000 (annually) 

Upward Bound Trio Program (U.S. Department of Education) 

$1.2 million 

Environmental Management (Department of Energy) 

$1.5 million 

Blazing the Trail through Technology (National Nuclear Security Administration) 

$4.5 million 

McNair Scholars Program (U.S. Department of Education) 

$1.2 million 

Home Depot Retool Your School Program (Home Depot) 

$10,000 

 

Awards 

 

Gold Jacket Award for Excellence in Project Management (2020) 

Johnson C. Smith University 

Advisor of the Year Award for University College (2019) 

Johnson C. Smith University 

Distinguished Lonnie T. Parker Pinnacle Award for Servant Leadership (2017) 

Johnson C. Smith University 

 

Publication 

 

Real Men Wear PINK (Purpose, Integrity, Nurture, and Knowledge): Demystifying Masculinity among Black Male Collegians 

Accepted by Fulton Books 

Presentations and Training

 

McNair Scholars at a Small Private HBCU: Faculty and Student Perceptions and Experiences; Mid-South Sociological Association Research Conference, 2020 

Crisis in the Village: Restoring Purpose, Innovation, Organization, and Branding Among Trio Practitioners; South Carolina Trio Conference, 2020 

Being Resilient in a Jungle Institution: Taking Learning to Task in New Student Orientation; 66th Annual National Association of Student Affairs Professionals Conference, 2020 

How to Navigate a Jungle, Theater, Machine, and Family Institution Using Non-cognitive Strengths; Biddle Institute Program at Johnson C. Smith University, 2019 

The Halo and Horn Affect: Branding Yourself for Graduate School, McNair 2nd Annual Senior Retreat, Johnson C. Smith University, 2019 

Institutional Fit Matters: Understanding the Typologies of Graduate Schools, McNair 2nd Annual Senior Retreat, Johnson C. Smith University, 2019

 

A Day Late and A Dollar Short: The Pitfalls of Financial Planning for Graduate School, McNair 2nd Annual Senior Retreat, Johnson C. Smith University, 2019 

Fanning Your Flame: Avoiding Fire Extinguishers in Higher Education, University College’s Senior Administration Retreat at Johnson C. Smith University, 2018 

The Theory of Hypermasculinity as a Predictor of Retention among Black Undergraduates (Dissertation), UNCC’s International Conference on Urban Education in Nassau, Bahamas, 2018 

Proposal Development and Logic Modeling, Grant Development Institute at Johnson C. Smith University, 2014-2017 

The Young and the Restless: Grooming Future Transformational Leaders at HBCUs, Carolina Alliance for Success in Education (CASE) Summit at Johnson C. Smith University, 2016 

NCCER Curriculum Enhancement Training for the Division of Engineering and Industrial- Related Technologies; Denmark Technical College, 2016 

Are You Smarter than a Perkins’ Administrator: Demonstrating an Innovative Technology for Perkins; South Carolina Technical College System’s Perkins Training, 2012 

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