Dr. Edward Vaughn appointed to JFYESIT Editorial Board

Dr. Edward Vaughn appointed to JFYESIT Editorial Board

Dr. Edward Vaughn 

Dr. Edward L. Vaughn, director of Academic Support at Alcorn State University, was recently appointed to the Editorial Board of the Journal of The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. The appointment is for a three-year term ending December 31, 2015, with the possibility of reappointment for an additional three-year term.

According to Dr. Paul A. Gore, editor, and Dr. Tracy L. Skipper, assistant director for Publications, the Board “received an overwhelming number of highly qualified nominations, but Dr. Vaughn’s past experience and dedication to student transition and success set him apart.”

“It is an honor to be appointed to serve on the Board of a journal of such great importance,” said Dr. Vaughn. “I am proud to use this opportunity to expand the knowledge that might contribute to student success.”
Dr. Vaughn brings an extensive background of involvement in the evaluation and publication of a wide variety of manuscripts pertinent to various aspects of higher education. From 1991 to 1994, Dr. Vaughn served as a member of the Editorial Board of the National Associational Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) Journal of Student Financial Aid.

In 1992, the NASFAA national chair selected Dr. Vaughn to serve as one of four commission directors who function as non-voting members of the Board of Directors. In his capacity as commission director for Association Relations, Dr. Vaughn supervised the work of the NASFAA Journal of Student Financial Aid, the Research Committee, Membership Development Committee and the training workshops.

His interest in research at the national level began early when he became a member of the NASFAA Research Committee in 1988-89 and again in 1992-93. Between those periods of service he also became a member of the National Student Employment Association (NSEA) Research Committee from 1989-1991 ascending to co-chair the committee from 1992-93. His most significant achievement was the establishment of proposal review and grants management review policies and procedures for both organizations. His efforts were instrumental in helping his committee win the NASFAA Committee of the Year Award in 1992.

Vaughn also maintains an active program of professional publication, research, and presentation. In 2009, he contributed a chapter in the book “HBCUs Models of Success: Successful Models for Effectively Retaining and Graduating Students” published by the Thurgood Marshall Fund Incorporated, and a review of the book “Strategic Financial Challenges for Higher Education: How to Achieve Quality, Accountability, and Innovation” published in the NACADA Journal, Volume (1) 29, Spring 2009. He will be one of several joint authors of the research paper “Comparative Gender Analysis of Retention Parameters in HBCUs: Application of Pilot Study Data” tentatively scheduled for release in late 2012.

Vaughn has maintained a wide range of other professional activities over the years. He has served as a field reader for the U.S. Department of Education for more than twenty years and has reviewed proposals for TRiO, Title V, Title III, Disability Services, GEAR UP and several others programs. His areas of interests include millennium students, first-generation students, factors impacting the success of African-American male students, strategic planning and developmental education.

He has served as a SACS reviewer as well as a management consultant over the years. He has also served as an adjunct faculty member in business and finance.

Dr. Vaughn holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Lincoln University, Pennsylvania. He received an MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University where he was awarded the Faculty Award for Distinguished Achievement. Vaughn received his Ph.D. in higher education and student personnel from the University of Mississippi.