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The Team

The Signature Experiences initiative is led by a Senior Faculty Associate, a Special Programs Coordinator, and a committee of leaders from across the University. Within the Office of the Vice Provost, the Signature Experience team also works on other Special Programs, including establishment of interdisciplinary degrees and contributions to Cooperative Education.


Cheri Kersey, Ph.D., Program Coordinatoor

Cheri Kersey, Ph.D., joined Georgia State University in 2014 as the Special Programs Coordinator. Under the supervision of the Senior Faculty Associate, she coordinates activities and communications and also manages data related to Signature Experiences, Co-Operative Education Programs, and University-level Interdisciplinary degrees. She earned her BA in Sociology from Furman University in 2003.

After obtaining her undergraduate degree, Cheri spent a year in Colorado as an AmeriCorps VISTA helping students who were homeless and their families with school enrollment and getting access to community resources. A few years later, Cheri attended the University of Georgia where she obtained a M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology as well as a Certificate in Non-Profit Management. Her research focused on interpersonal violence and romantic relationships. After graduating in 2012, Cheri worked in research as a data collector at Westat and then moved into higher education administration at Georgetown University in their Summer Programs Office.

Department Name Title Email
African American Studies Patricia Dixon Associate Professor
Applied Linguistics & ESOL Kris Acheson-Clair Director of Undergraduate Studies
Communication Douglas A. Barthlow Undergraduate Studies Director
Neuroscience Kyle Frantz Professor
Physics & Astronomy Brian Thoms Undergraduate Director
Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Julie Kubala Lecturer, Senior
Accountancy Galen Sevcik Director
Computer Information Systems Shuguang Hong Associate Professor, Clinical
Risk Management & Insurance Barry Wood Academic Professional
Nursing Michelle Nelson Assistant Professor, Clinical
Respiratory Therapy Chip Zimmerman Assistant Professor, Clinical
Social Work Brian Bride Director