Dr. Carleitta Paige-Anderson is the Director of the Center for Undergraduate Research (CUR) and faculty in the Department of Natural Science. As the CUR Director, she is charged with providing leadership and direction for all undergraduate research and creative inquiry endeavors. The Center is a university resource to support all stakeholders in the research process, to include faculty mentors, student skill development, course-based research experiences and community partnerships.
Since 2010, Dr. Paige-Anderson has worked diligently to integrate research skills into the academic curriculum and catalyze the use of this pedagogical practice to all campus disciplines. As an infectious disease biochemist, she has used her background in studying pathogenic bacteria as a basis for teaching basic science principles. In addition, she implemented this novel teaching paradigm at Universitas Airlangga in Surbaya, Indonesia as a 2013-2014 Senior Fulbright Scholar.
Her commitment to undergraduate research and Virginia Union University (VUU) is very personal. A 2003 VUU alumna, Dr. Paige-Anderson participated in the Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. She attributes her professional success to the experiences afforded by the MARC program and believes that all students can benefit from similar opportunities.
Dr. Paige-Anderson earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Wake Forest University, completed a post-doctoral research appointment at the Johns Hopkins University in the Center for Tuberculosis Research, and has on two independent occasions served as the faculty-lead for Department of Homeland Security Summer Research teams.
Kimberly Johnson is the Research Assistant in the Center for Undergraduate Research (CUR). As the Research Assistant, she is responsible for aiding in the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of undergraduate research and creative inquiry projects.
Kimberly earned her Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) with a minor in Sociology from Bennett College. While attending Bennett College, she, by way of a required research methods course, had the opportunity to engage in undergraduate research. Kimberly attributes this experience, and the not-so-gentle coaxing of her faculty mentor, to her decision to become a social science researcher. She is currently working to complete her Master of Science in Sociology at Virginia Tech. Her thesis examines the influence of on-campus support systems on the post-graduation decisions and outcomes of African American females.
Kimberly recognizes the unique skills and endless opportunities engaging in the research and creative inquiry process can offer students. As such, she is excited an eager to assist with implementing the mission and vision of the CUR at Virginia Union University.