From the Student Services VP: New leaders promote proactive academic support services

I am pleased to announce two important additions to our Student Success & Analytics team.

Dr. Monique Johnson-Jones has been named executive director of learning support services, and Curtiss Stevens will serve as director of the Highland Campus ACCelerator.

Monique will oversee collegewide tutoring, Supplemental Instruction, and academic coaching. She will supervise Learning Lab managers, the ACCelerator director, and the Supplemental Instruction coordinator. She also will lead our efforts to develop proactive academic and learning support services. Curtiss will direct the daily operations of the ACCelerator and build upon the innovations taking place in the world’s largest computer lab.

Here is a little background on Monique and Curtiss:


Dr. Monique Johnson-Jones

Monique currently directs the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Center at Huston-Tillotson University, where she works with faculty and staff to strengthen and grow the STEM program. She also directs the Austin Pre-Freshman Engineering Program (AusPREP) and is a freshman seminar instructor for the engineering and computer science cohort of first-year students. Additionally, she is interim director of the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Before joining Huston-Tillotson, Monique served as director of freshman studies, associate vice president of academic affairs, and interim vice president of academic affairs at Lane College.

Monique holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Xavier University, a master’s degree in leadership and policy studies in higher education from the University of Memphis, and a Ph.D. in higher education leadership from Union University.


Curtiss Stevens

Curtiss is the assistant director of study abroad at the University of Texas at Austin, where he collaborates with college departments and international partners to provide academically relevant programs to students. He also has been a part-time assistant coordinator at the ACCelerator.

Curtiss has more than 20 years’ experience in higher education, including roles in admissions and financial aid, student affairs, international education, academic and life skills training, grants and fundraising, curriculum, and athletics. He previously worked at Valparaiso University, Western Michigan University, Indiana University, and Purdue University. In addition to teaching geography and geosciences as a professor and adjunct professor, Curtiss has been an executive director of a Boys & Girls Club and a TV personality.

Curtiss earned a bachelor’s degree in geography at Valparaiso University, a master’s degree in geographic education and research at Western Michigan University, and did doctoral studies in economic geography at Indiana State University.

Monique will report to Willie Martinez, associate vice president of student success & analytics, and Curtiss will report to Monique. Willie will work with both of them as they transition to their new roles. Monique and Curtiss begin September 19 and September 26, respectively, and will be located at Highland Campus.

Please join me in welcoming Monique and Curtiss to our Riverbat family.


Dr. Virginia Fraire
Vice President of Student Services





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