Armstrong Atlantic State University recently promoted Dr. Donna Brooks to associate provost for academic affairs and graduate studies. In her new position, Brooks will chair the Institutional Review Board and provide oversight to graduate studies and to the offices of Grants and Sponsored Programs, Assessment, Online and Blended Learning, Institutional Research, Faculty Development and Faculty Information.
Brooks has a long history of excellence at Armstrong. Her experience dates back to 1995, when she began teaching speech-language pathology in the department of special education. She was named the department head of Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2006. Most recently, she served as the Assistant Dean of the College of Health Professions for five years.
Dedicated to the field of speech pathology and communication disorders, Brooks attended Hampton Institute, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology and a master’s degree for Communication Disorders. In 1990, she completed a Ph.D. in Audiology and Speech Sciences from Purdue University. The following year, she received a post-doctoral fellowship from the Department of Special Education at Purdue, where she specialized in augmentative and alternative communication.
A skilled speaker and writer, Brooks has presented papers and reports at various conferences and conventions. She also has published several articles in scholarly journals, the most recent of which appeared in the Journal of Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions. Brooks has secured more than $2 million in grants since 2010 and worked with RiteCare Center to establish a $100,000 scholarship fund.
Since beginning her career at Armstrong, Brooks has been heavily involved in service. She served on a number of committees, including the Committee on Minority Affairs, where she was chair. She has served also served as the chair of the executive committee of the USG Minority Advisement Program. As a faculty advisor to two student organizations, she earned Armstrong’s Outstanding Advisor Award in 2006. Brooks also served on the Presidential Search and Advisory Committee in 1999 and the Disability Services Committee from 2004 to 2006.
Brooks’ passion for her field of research has been rewarded multiple times. The Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions has honored her with the Leadership Development Fellow Award. She was also selected to participate in Armstrong’s first class of Leaders Among Us in and received a fellowship for the Advanced Faculty Leadership Program from the Summer Institute University of Oklahoma.
Brooks is a member of the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association; South Eastern University Clinical Educators; Phi Kappa Phi and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies; the National Council of Negro Women; and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.