Cassandra Hawkins

Cassandra Hawkins, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Rural Public Policy
Rural Public Policy and Planning
Department of Social Sciences
W.A. Butts Social Science Building Rural Public Policy Office
Office Phone: 662-254-3361
Email: cassandra.hawkins@mvsu.edu 

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Biography

Dr. Cassandra Hawkins is an Assistant Professor of Rural Public Policy and Planning in the Department of Social Sciences at Mississippi Valley State University. Her research interests include student pedagogy, American literature, agriculture policy, rural policy, socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, and food insecurity in Mississippi. Her dissertation, entitled “The Prevalence of Food Insecurity in Mississippi,” used secondary data from the Current Population Survey: Food Security Supplement over a ten-year period (2006-2016) to examine food insecurity in Mississippi. Her research interests include student pedagogy, American literature, agriculture policy, rural policy, socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, and food insecurity in Mississippi. Her research efforts regarding African American farmers’ participation in USDA programs won Best Overall Faculty/Staff Oral at the 4th Annual Centers for Research Excellence Symposium: Research Seminar Series – Alcorn State University.  Dr. Hawkins is a member of the Golden Key Honour Society, Beta Kappa Chi National Scientific Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society, and National Scholars Honor Society. Dr. Hawkins serves in numerous capacities, including serving on the Mississippi Food Policy Council Executive Board and as Chair-Elect 2018-2019 for the Rural Sociological Society Rural Poverty Research Interest Group

Educational Background

PH.D.              Public Administration, Jackson State University (2018)

M.A.                English, Jackson State University (2009)

B. S.                Psychology, Minor: Political Science, Jackson State University (2004)

Positions Held

Assistant Professor, Public Administration and Rural Public Policy. Department of Social Sciences, Mississippi Valley State University, August 2018 – present. 

Adjunct Instructor, Department of English, Modern Foreign Languages, and Speech Communication, Jackson State University, 2018 – present.

Agriculture Policy Research Analyst, Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Policy Research Center, Alcorn State University, 2016 – 2018.

Instructor of English, University College and Department of English and Modern Foreign Languages, Jackson State University, 2010 – 2016.

Online English as a Second Language (ESL) Instructor, Blue Sky English, 2016 – 2017. 

Assessment Writer and Content Reviewer, Glynlyon, Inc., 2015 – 2017. 

Community Enrichment Instructor, Millsaps Community College, 2011 – 2015.

Adjunct Instructor of English, Department of English, Holmes Community College, 2010 – 2012. 

Instructor of English, Title III and Department of English, Hinds Community College, 2010 – 2011.

Special Education Teacher, Jackson Public Schools, 2008-2011.

Special Education Teacher, Scott County Public Schools, 2006-2007.

Special Education Teacher, Jackson Public Schools, 2005-2006.

Scholarly Presentations

Presentations as Lead Author and Presenter

  • Examining the Participation of African American Farmers in USDA Programs. 81stAnnual Meeting Rural Sociological Society. Portland, OR. 2018.
  • An examination of colorism in The Darkest Child. Mississippi Philological Association. Jackson, MS. 2018.
  • Factors that Contribute to African American Farmers’ Participation in USDA Programs. 4th Annual Centers for Research Excellence Symposium: Research Seminar Series – Alcorn State University –Lorman, MS. 2018. 
  • Focusing on Policy Research that Impacts Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers – Mississippi Minority Farmer’s Alliance Saving Rural America Annual Conference. 2018.
  • Examining the Participation of African American Farmers in USDA Programs – 75thAnnual Professional Agricultural Workers Conference (PAWC) Tuskegee University, Tuskegee AL. 2017.
  • Women in Agriculture Lecture Series, School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences. Alcorn State University. – Lorman, MS 2016.
  •  Agriculture Lunch and Learn. Hinds Community College, Utica, MS. 2016.
  • Community Engagement: Service Learning in the Higher Education Classroom. National Association of African American Studies Annual Conference. Baton Rouge, LA. 2015.
  •  Children’s Access to Mental Health Care in Mississippi. Public Policy Student Symposium. Jackson State University. Jackson, MS. 2014.
  • Assessing Students Using Polldaddy. Mississippi Association of Developmental Education. Raymond, MS. 2014.
  • Children’s Access to Mental Health Care in Mississippi. Southeastern Conference for Public Administration. Atlanta, GA. 2014.
  • Connecting Academics and Pedagogy with Hip Hop.” Southwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association Annual Meeting. Albuquerque, NM. 2014.
  • Teaching with Technology Pedagogy.” 2014 Cyberlearning Summit. Jackson, MS. 2014.
  • Northwest Community College Authors Rodeo. 2014.
  • Implementing Digital Storytelling in University Success with students from University Success for the University Success QEP section.” Jackson State University. Jackson, MS.
  • Using Technology to Bridge the Gap Between Advisor and Advisee.” Mississippi Advisor’s Annual Meeting. Jackson, MS. 2013.
  • Where Did the Time Go? The Importance of Implementing Time-Management Strategies in Higher Education. Jackson State University Summer Developmental Program Annual Meeting. Jackson, MS. 2013.
  • The Relevancy of The Souls of Black Folk in the 21st Century. National Association of African American Studies Annual Conference. Baton Rouge, LA. 2013.
  • The Relevancy of The Souls of Black Folk in the 21st Century. Du Bois and the Wings of Atlanta 50th Anniversary Commemorative Conference. Atlanta, GA. 2013.
  •  The Relevancy of The Souls of Black Folk in the 21st Century. Mississippi Philological Association. Hattiesburg, MS. 2013.

Publications

A.    Books

B.    Digital Books

  • Hawkins-Wilson, C. and Moore-Boyd, E. 2014. Intermediate Reading: Introduction to English. iBook designed specifically for Developmental Reading courses being taught using an iPad at Jackson State University after Pedagogical Redevelopment of Instructional Design. 
  • Hawkins-Wilson, C.2013. Writing for Everyone. iBook designed specifically for Developmental English courses being taught using an iPad at Jackson State University. Published on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/writing-for- everyone/id970265555?mt=11
  • Hawkins-Wilson, C.2013.University SuccessiBook designed specifically for UNIV 100 GIFTS/QEP course being taught using an iPad at Jackson State University.

C.    Refereed Journal Articles

  • Shih, Jackson, Hawkins-Wilson, and Yaun. 2015. “Promoting Computational Thinking Skills in an Emergency Management Class with MIT APP Inventor.” Volume 6. No. 1. January-March 2015.
  • Hawkins-Wilson, C. 2014. “Dr. Chiplin Biopoem.” 2014 Publication of Mississippi Philological Association. POMPA: Publications of Mississippi Philological Association, Volume 31. 
  • Shih, Jackson, Hawkins Wilson, and Yaun. “Using MIT app inventor in an emergency management course to promote computational thinking” Age. Volume 24.
  • Hawkins-Wilson, C.2014. “The Relevance of The Souls of Black Folk in the 21stCentury.” POMPA: Publications of Mississippi Philological Association, Volume 30.

D.    Book Chapters

E.    Book Reviews

F.     Refereed Journal Articles and Book Chapters -UNDER REVIEW

  • Hawkins-Wilson, C.and T. Harrington. An Uphill Journey: Experiences in Teaching at a Historical Black University. Relevancy from Within: A Collection of Essays and Articles, which Provide an Insider View on the Relevancy of HBCUs. Monica G. Flippin Wynn 

G.           Posters