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Faculty and Staff

Graduate and Extended Programs Faculty and Staff


Kelly Ball, Assistant Dean of Graduate and Extended Programs

Kelly H. Ball is assistant dean for graduate and extended programs and assistant professor of women’s studies at Agnes Scott College. Ball holds a B.A. from Transylvania University and an M.A. from The Ohio State University. She earned her PhD from Emory University in 2014. Her research interests include gender, race, and sexuality in human development, childhood and adolescence, and trauma and post-traumatic growth. She is the recipient of the 2014 Laney Development Council’s Leadership Award.


Aise Cannon, Director of Graduate Admission

Aise Cannon is the inaugural Director of Graduate Admission at Agnes Scott College. She brings with her over 7 years of higher education experience. Aise graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s of science degree in biomedical science. She earned her Master of Arts in Teaching from Mercer University. She has also served in the United States Army for 20 years.

Na'Taki Osborne Jelks, Director of Evaluation and Assessment Methods Graduate Program

Professor Jelks is an environmental health justice and community science practitioner with expertise in the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative, community-based environmental protection initiatives that empower low-income and communities of color to increase knowledge, social capital, and skills to reduce exposure to environmental health hazards. To date, her research, practice, and volunteerism have collectively advanced community-level partnerships between urban residents, academia, government agencies, and decision makers to impact structural and environmental initiatives that improve water quality, the built environment, and health in underserved communities.

Currently she investigates the intersection of socio-contextual and built environment determinants of health, environmental health disparities, and community engagement to develop effective community-based interventions that revitalize toxic, degraded spaces into healthy places and improve health and quality of life, particularly in low-income and communities of color.  Her research interests encompass environmental justice and environmental inequality; cumulative environmental risks and impacts in urban communities; the health impacts of climate change on low-income and communities of color; wastewater infrastructure, and policy; green infrastructure; food justice, participatory evaluation, and connecting to nature as a tool for health promotion.


Christine S. Cozzens, Charles A. Dana Professor of English, Director of the Center for Writing and Speaking

Christine S. Cozzens is Charles A. Dana Professor of English and director of the Center for Writing and Speaking at Agnes Scott College. She received her BA and MA from Stanford University and her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. Before coming to Agnes Scott in 1987, she taught at Harvard University, Wheaton College (MA), and Emory University. She has been working in writing centers since 1975, first as a tutor, later as a faculty adviser, and at Agnes Scott as director. Cozzens teaches a variety of writing courses, including the nonfiction sequence in the creative writing program, nineteenth-century British literature, and Irish literature and film. She has led program reviews and conducted workshops for faculty and students on writing, writing across the curriculum, and creative writing at many colleges and universities. Her essays about travel, writing, and other subjects have appeared in The New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Baltimore Sun, Cara, Ireland, and the Agnes Scott Alumnae Magazine, among other publications, and her blog The View From Here about Irish literature, culture, and landscape drew thousands of readers. Cozzens was the founding editor of Southern Discourse: Publication of the Southeastern Writing Center Association from 1998 to 2014. She has been an SWCA member since 1989, served on the board for twenty-five years, and was the recipient of the Southeastern Writing Center Association Achievement Award in 2003 and recognition for distinguished service in 2014.