Dr. Sharlette A. Kellum Wins 2011-2012 McCleary Teaching Excellence Award

Dr. KellumDr. Sharlette A. Kellum, assistant professor in the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs (BJML SPA), Department of Administration of Justice at Texas Southern University, recently earned the distinction of winning the 2011-2012 McCleary Teaching Excellence Award for her “Excellence in Teaching.” A tenure-track professor, Dr. Kellum was recommended by BJML SPA Dean Dr. Robert Bullard for her creative instruction, ideas on retaining and recruiting students, caring beyond the classroom, online/distance learning instruction, along with her kind character and her positive working relationship with her colleagues.

Kellum’s accomplishments include: organizing and directing the first ever BJML SPA career fair and internship fair in which over 100 recruiters and approximately 400 students attended and signed up for future opportunities; taking the first round of Administration of Justice  students to the chambers of Houston City Hall where they presented proposals to council members on solutions to domestic violence in which the students were recognized on television and in newspapers; developing courses for the upcoming online degree program in the Department of Administration of Justice in which she is slated to teach several of the courses in fall 2012. Her next goal is to bring the first ever, “Parenting Conference” to the BJML SPA in collaboration with State senators to hopefully produce legislative policy proposals that will aid Texas Southern students and the surrounding community.

A certified middle and high school teacher, Dr. Kellum has been teaching at the collegiate level for over 12 years. She joined Texas Southern University and the BJML SPA in the fall of 2008. Since joining the BJML SPA, she has placed over 400 Department of Administration of Justice (DAJ) students in prominent internships throughout the Houston area, as the DAJ Internship Coordinator. She has also formed a partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Houston and often requires her students to serve as weekly volunteers at a club in their area.

Students enrolled in her fall 2008 domestic violence course were able to interview random participants in and around the Houston area regarding their experiences with domestic violence and abuse. The students later developed a domestic violence prevention brochure that has been distributed to over 2,000 people…and is still being distributed today.

Dr. Kellum has published twice in a journal created by her alma mater, Journal of Knowledge & Best Practices in Juvenile Justice and Psychology. She serves on several committees at Texas Southern University, including the University Admissions Council Committee and the DAJ Graduate Faculty Committee. She is also a Graduation Marshall for BJML SPA and a Senator for the Graduate School in the University Faculty Senate. She holds several professional memberships, including the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the African Criminology and Justice Association. She attends and speaks at several different professional conferences every year, including The American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting. Dr. Kellum is also a freelance writer who has won several paper competitions. Her primary areas of research are juvenile offenders and aftercare, domestic violence, and serial killers. She has two forthcoming publications (one book and one journal article).

Dr. Kellum earned her Ph.D. in Juvenile Justice from Prairie View A&M University