JACKSONVILLE, FL. (August 3, 2018) – Having earned a distinctive reputation as a scholar-educator, a distinguished academician, and an accomplished higher education administrator, Dr. Monique L. Akassi has accepted an appointment as Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs at Edward Waters College (EWC).

Dr. Akassi will begin her tenure, effective August 6, 2018, and will provide leadership in support of the Office of the Provost and particularly its ongoing and continuous collaborative engagement with the college’s faculty. She will serve as a champion for the training and advancement of faculty throughout the college and will support the Provost in the achievement of the goals of the Division of Academic Affairs.

Monique L. Akassi, Ph.D.

“Dr. Akassi brings a wealth of contemporaneously relevant academic experience that will support Edward Waters College’s ascension into the next realm of scholarly achievement, particularly amongst the College’s faculty. In this transformative season in higher education, Dr. Akassi is poised to leverage the College’s academic strengths toward achieving even greater academic preeminence,” EWC Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Donna H. Oliver, stated.

Dr. Akassi will be expected to broadly influence the direction of faculty and Academic Affairs by leading and coordinating college-wide practices and policies associated with faculty work and Academic Affairs in general. Prior to joining the College, Dr. Akassi served in various faculty leadership roles, most recently as an Associate Professor of English and Chair of the Department of Languages and Literature at Virginia Union University, where she also served as a faculty senate officer. Prior to Virginia Union, Dr. Akassi served as an Assistant Professor of English and Director of the University Writing Center at Morgan State University after having served as a member of the faculty at Bowie State University where she founded the Africana Critical Composition & Rhetoric Association (ACCRA) and the Undergraduate Research & Writing Across the Curriculum Conference.  She has received various administrative and academic appointments throughout her higher education career and is a widely-published literary scholar, bringing critical research along with her varied publication experiences as the author/editor of seven books and two academic journals, including her latest publication with Cambridge, W.E.B. Du Bois and The Africana Rhetoric of Dealienation with a foreword written by Mr. Arthur McFarlane II, great grandson of W.E.B. Du Bois.

“I am eager and inspired to work in support of the continued scholarly achievements of the accomplished faculty and higher education professionals at EWC,” said Akassi “It is truly exciting to join the EWC community at such an evolutionary time, and I am convinced that EWC is poised to reach unprecedented academic prominence led by Provost Oliver and under the dynamic and visionary leadership of President Faison.

Akassi earned a Ph.D. from Morgan State University, an M.A. from Wright State University, and a B.A. from the University of Cincinnati.  In addition, she has completed and holds post-doctorate certifications in Management & Development and Educational Leadership from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and a post-doctorate certificate in Executive Leadership at Hampton University.

Akassi is married to Dr. Clément A. Akassi who is an Associate Professor of Spanish & French, and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Howard University. They have one son, Amaré, who enjoys mathematics, reading, writing and basketball. 

New Town Success Zone Back-To-School Event

New Town Success Zone Hosts its 10th Annual Back to School Giveaway

JACKSONVILLE, FLNew Town Success Zone in partnership with Edward Waters College (EWC) will host its 10th Annual Back to School Giveaway Event on Saturday, August 4th, 2018 at 9:00 am. There will be  over 75 vendors present addressing employment services, education, medical and behavioral health services, child development services, as well as housing.  Families will be able to receive FREE school physicals and immunizations from St. Vincent’s medical providers, book bags stuffed with back-to-school supplies and groceries to the first 300 families. JEA will be there for any questions about utilities or services.

City of Jacksonville, along with the Jacksonville Sherriff’s Office, will also be in attendance to share useful information that impact our communities. New Town Success Zone focuses on the two generational models to foster a positive impact on individuals, children, and families.  The 10th Annual Back to School event will not only positively impact the children of our community, but will benefit the entire family, also. This event will be held at the Adams-Jenkins Sports & Music Complex located at 1859 Kings Road, Jacksonville, FL. 32209.


George E. Maxey  

Executive Director

New Town Success Zone

Center for the prevention of Health Disparities

Edward Waters College

1401 Grunthal Street

Jacksonville, FL. 32209

Office: 904-470-8899


EWC Ribbon-Cutting

The EWC Ribbon-Cutting for the James Weldon Johnson (JWJ) Bldg. and Ground Blessing for the upcoming “Nat Glover Community Field and Stadium.”


Edward Waters College will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly acquired James Weldon Johnson building.  EWC supporters are invited to join EWC’s 29th President, Dr. Nathaniel Glover; the 115th Bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Church of the 11th District, Bishop Adam J. Richardson Jr.; and Jacksonville Mayor, Lenny Curry, for the JWJ ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Following the Ribbon Cutting, EWC officials will bless the grounds of the upcoming “Nat Glover Community Field and Stadium.”

The JWJ building was called the James Weldon Johnson Academic and Career Training Center, which was used as a school for kids who are behind in grade level with the Bridge to Success overage program. The Duval County School Board has since moved that program to another school. Today, the JWJ Building serves as the home for the Edward Waters College Department of Teacher Education and Urban Studies program.

The Nat Glover Community Field and Stadium is part of the $8.5 million upgrade given to EWC by the City of Jacksonville. It will serve as community filed because the community will have access to the walking track and community little league football games will be played here.