Jim Black, III
Dean of Academic Engagement
Office Location: Fisher Hall - Rm 206
MA, Univ of Missouri Columbia
BA, Univ of Missouri Kansas City
Black leads the university's academic support services, promoting a strengths-based model designed to help students improve academic performance. With a background in writing instruction and tutoring, he understands the importance of peer-to-peer and individualized strategies in facilitating student learning.
He serves as the chair of the university’s Student Engagement and Retention Committee, which meets weekly to review systemic issues and recommend modifications that will foster student success. As a member of the Student Support Network, he investigates alerts about individual students and coordinates response to support them.
Black teaches Theory and Practice of Peer Education, a course he created that prepares students to work as educators in a wide variety of settings. He also serves as adviser to the Gender and Sexuality Alliance.