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Welcome to The OSI

The Office of STEM Initiatives (The OSI) looks to strengthen workforce readiness of the University’s STEM students. In addition, The OSI aims to enhance the professional identity of Harris-Stowe STEM students, heighten student employability, strengthen student marketability, and showcase the professional competencies of HSSU STEM students. 

Freddie E. Wills, Jr., Ph.D., Vice President for STEM Initiatives and Research Partnerships

Freddie E. Wills, Jr., Ph.D. is a higher education professional knowledgeable about theories and practices that meet at the intersection of secondary and post-secondary education. Dr. Wills serves as the Vice President for STEM Initiatives and Research Partnerships at Harris-Stowe State University. In this capacity, he works to develop and implement institutional partnerships that advance HSSU’s STEM agenda and support student success. In addition, serving as a Principal Investigator, Dr. Wills provides leadership for the operation of three National Science Foundation grants awarded to HSSU. Dr. Wills is a visionary leader, who is passionate about student development, organizational culture and structure, diversity & inclusion, and excellence in academics. Dr. Wills, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications (Southwest Baptist University), a Master of Arts degree in Media Communication (Webster University), and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Saint Louis University.

Tommie Yvette Turner, Ph.D., Director of the Institute for Science and Mathematics

Dr. Tommie Yvette Turner is the Director of the Institute for Science and Mathematics at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis. She was acknowledged nationally by Insights into Diversity Magazine as an Inspiring Women in STEM Award recipient. Dr. Turner was selected for the first cohort of Opportunities for Underrepresented Scholars (OURS) sponsored by the National Science Foundation and has received Postgraduate Academic Leadership certificates from Fielding Graduate University and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Turner earned her Ph.D. in pharmaceutical science/environmental toxicology from the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Florida A&M University, her Master of Science degree in chemistry from Missouri University of Science and Technology and her Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry (cum laude) from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Naana Wilson, MA, Assistant Director of the Missouri Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (MOLSAMP)

Ms. Naana Wilson is the Assistant Director of the Missouri Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (MOLSAMP) at Harris-Stowe State University. Her role at the university is dedicated to supporting student learning and faculty development by providing programs and activities that advance student success. Ms. Wilson earned both, her bachelor’s degree in Biology with an emphasis in Ecology and a master’s degree in Nonprofit Administration, from Lindenwood University located in St. Charles, Missouri. While obtaining her master’s in 2019 at Lindenwood, Ms. Wilson also served as a graduate assistant for the Dean of Students and worked closely with the Black Student Union and Black Student Excellence and Enrichment program on campus. She is a proud Fall 2015 initiate of the Alpha Omega Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc and looks forward to continuing her work in assisting underrepresented minority groups navigate their undergraduate academic journey in any capacity that she can.

Rhonda S. Wesley, Esq., Coordinator of STEM Learning Resources

As a citizen-scientist, Ms. Wesley is interested in most areas of STEM study and research. Her prior STEM experience is in the areas of administration and support for hospital Institutional Review Boards, and health advocacy for patients while in a hospital setting. A motto Ms. Wesley lives by is, “One interested mentor today, can create multiple change agents tomorrow.”

Shenna Woods, Ed.D., Director, Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Dr. Shenna M. Woods serves as the Director for the Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Harris-Stowe State University. Dr. Woods possesses expertise in building and managing teams, programmatic and institutional strategic planning, curriculum development, and classroom education. Dr. Woods also possesses over 10 years of event planning, software data, social media content creation, and collaborative team engagement curating innovative ideas and provoking consumer engagement. Dr. Woods’ academic background includes a biology degree from Spelman College, a master's degree from UMSL in Curriculum and Instruction, a master's in educational administration and a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Maryville University. Dr. Woods’ research “The Effects of Post-Secondary Opportunities on Student Success,” focuses on how exposure to post-secondary options affect student career readiness despite socioeconomic differences. Dr. Woods is the proud founder of the Smith Scholarship Organization and has proudly served as a part of the Women in Leadership Program, The St. Louis Internship Program Alumni Network, and the Koran Bolden Mentorship Collaborative.



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