Adrienne P. Stephenson serves as Assistant Dean in The Graduate School and Director of the Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards. In this role, she provides ongoing professional development and early career preparedness for graduate students through fellowship advising. Dr. Stephenson also serves as the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship Program Liaison and previously served as the FAMU Feeder Program Liaison. She plays a critical role in advocating for the overall success of all students with a particular interest in graduate education for those from underrepresented minority groups. She is passionate about mentoring, coaching and challenging the next generation of leaders.
She was awarded the Partner with a Purpose Award from the Division of Student Affairs in 2019 for her work with departments and offices all across campus. In 2018, she was awarded the Excellence in Teaching and Undergraduate Advising Award for her mentoring support of undergraduate students. In 2016 and 2018, she was awarded the William R. Jones Mentor Award and Dr. Tribble Award by the Florida Education Fund for her service to and mentorship of Black and LatinX doctoral students at Florida State University.
Prior to her current appointment, Dr. Stephenson served as STEM Center Director at Tallahassee Community College (TCC) where she managed the NSF FAMU-TCC Bridges to the Baccalaureate in the Biomedical Sciences, Florida Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (FGLSAMP) and NSF STEM Star Scholars Programs. She also served as a Science Specialist/STEM Coordinator at the Florida Department of Education for several years in the Bureau of Curriculum and Instruction and the Bureau of School Improvement.
She received her B.A. in Chemistry from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and a MS and PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology from Florida A&M University.
"I have been given this mountain to show others it can be moved.”
Brittney Dennis serves as the Graduate Assistant in the Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards and is a Doctoral Candidate in the Sociology Department at Florida State University. She received a B.A., Honors Distinction in Sociology from the University of Central Florida and a M.S. in Sociology from Florida State University. She most recently worked as a Graduate Assistant for Leadership and Identity Programs in The Center for Leadership and Social Change at FSU where she managed 6 student affairs programs in partnership with Program Coordinators to include Social Justice Ally Training, Diversity and Inclusion Certificate, and Women’s Leadership Institute.
She also served as the Founder and Graduate Student Representative of the Sociology Department Diversity and Inclusion Committee and served on the Executive Boards of Graduate Student Ambassadors and the Diversity and Inclusion in Research and Teaching Organization (DIRECTO). She firmly believes in leading with empathy, the power of telling our stories, and evidence-based practice. Her purpose is to create equitable opportunities for historically marginalized populations.