Carl D

Academic Area:

Higher Education and Student Affairs, School of Education

I was born in Jasper, Alabama in 1984, moved to Huntsville, Alabama when I was 5, and remained in the Rocket City until I graduated from high school. Upon graduation at 17, I moved to Nashville, Tennessee to continue my education.

Undergraduate Institution:
Tennessee State University, Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science
College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science
Magna Cum Laude, University Honors

Research Interests:
• Historically Black Colleges and Universities Partnerships, Mergers, and Affiliations
• Predominantly white institutions’ recruitment and retention programming for African American students
• Student success and development at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

The Best Thing About Being a Graduate Student at IUB:
is that there are multiple libraries. Almost each school at Bloomington has its own library and the librarians are helpful. IUB is indeed conducive to research for graduate students.

Insider tip about living in Bloomington:

Recent Posts

Graduate Assistantships and Portable Funding

Funding graduate school

Finding funding is an integral experience of most graduate students’ post-baccalaureate endeavors. The majority of funded graduate students earn appointments as graduate assistants. In fact, some programs will not admit a student unless they secure a graduate assistant position. Similar to most other job searches, many graduate assistant positions require an application, record of previous employment, statement of skills, and an interview. GA positions, as they are commonly called, frequently appear in job listings as teaching appointments (as associate instructor or an adjunct), administrative work in a campus office, or research. Graduate Assistantships are often institution specific, some are even departmentally assigned. (For help finding Assistantships at IU, visit or contact the GradGrants center .)

A more flexible, and accordingly much more competitive, source of funding exist as portable funding. Portable funding refers to financial assistance that is not tied to a specific institution and thus may be used at any institution accepting the funding.

See the following list of websites to find and further explain portable funding:
* US News & World Report –
* Grad schools website has a page dedicated to portable funding –
* The National Science Foundation offers multiple fellowships each year –

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