Education Advisory Council

School of Education and Social Sciences
Education Advisory Council 2023-2024

The purpose of the Education Advisory Council is to leverage the expertise and knowledge of its members to contribute to the success and vitality of the Department of Education. The individuals on the council are recognized experts in their respective fields, bringing a wealth of experience and insights to the table.

The primary objectives of the Education Advisory Council are as follows:

  1. Expert Guidance: Council members provide expert guidance and advice to the Department of Education. They offer valuable perspectives on emerging trends, research, and best practices in the field of education, which helps inform decision-making processes and program development.
  2. Program Improvement: The council collaborates with the department to identify areas for improvement in existing programs. They contribute their expertise to enhance curriculum design, instructional strategies, assessment methods, and other aspects of program delivery. Their input helps ensure that the department’s programs align with industry standards and meet the evolving needs of students.
  3. Industry Relevance: By staying abreast of current trends and advancements in education, the council members help the department maintain its relevance in the field. They offer insights into changing workforce demands, emerging technologies, and pedagogical approaches that can enhance the department’s offerings and prepare students for successful careers in education.
  4. Networking and Collaboration: The council facilitates networking opportunities and collaborations between the department and external organizations. They help establish partnerships with schools, community organizations, and other stakeholders in the education sector. These connections provide valuable resources, internship opportunities, and community engagement initiatives that enrich the educational experience of students.
  5. Advocacy and Promotion: Council members act as advocates for the department, promoting its mission and goals within their professional networks. They contribute to the department’s visibility and reputation by participating in conferences, events, and professional associations. Their support and endorsement help enhance the department’s profile and attract talented students, faculty, and resources.

In summary, the Education Advisory Council harnesses the expertise and influence of its members to contribute to the success and vitality of the Department of Education. Through their guidance, program improvement efforts, industry insights, networking, and advocacy, they strengthen the department’s position as a leader in education and ensure its programs align with the needs of students and the broader educational community.

Tyffany White

Dr. Tyffany White
Affliation: Florida Memorial University
Director of Teacher Education and Graduate Studies
Area: Education

Ariel Edwards-Shinhoster
Mrs. Ariel Edwards-Shinhoster
Affiliation: Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Title: Executive Director, Division of Academic Support
Area: Education

Tracey Abner

Ms. Tracey Abner
Affiliation: Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Title: Assistant Superintendent
Area: Education

Lavetta Henderson

Dr. Lavetta Henderson
Affiliation: Florida A&M University
Title: Associate Professor of Educational Leadership
Other Roles: Retired Associate Superintendent
Area: Education

Roshunda Harris-Allen

Dr. Roshunda Harris-Allen
Affiliation: Tougaloo College
Title: Associate Professor of Education
Other Roles: Director of the Institute for the Study of Modern-Day Slavery
Area: Education


Chaz Gipson

Dr. Chaz Gipson
Affiliation: US Department of Education
Title: Senior Education Program Manager
Area: Education and Community

Whitney McDowell-Robinson
Dr. Whitney McDowell-Robinson
Affiliation: Brenau Univeristy
Title: Vice-President of Student Development & Engagement
Other Roles: Former National Association of Colleges and Employers Board Member; Director of Career Services
Area: Education, Employment, and Training

Johnathan Spikes

Dr. Johnathan Spikes
Affiliation: Affirming Youth
Title: Executive Director
Area: Community

Alegina Lora

Ms. Alegina Lora
Affiliation: Florida Memorial University
Title: Graduate Student
Area: Student