Dr. Meigan Fields, FVSU

Dr. Meigan M. Fields, Ph.D.

  • College: College of Arts and Sciences
  • Department: Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Title: Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Honors Program
  • Associated Majors and Graduate Programs: Political Science (Traditional or Online)
  • fieldsm@fvsu.edu
  • 478-825-6634

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Dr. Meigan Marie Fields has more than 15 years of progressive experience in higher education. She is currently an associate professor of political science and the founding director of the Honors Program at Fort Valley State University. Dr. Fields also founded the FVSU Women’s Learning Community and was a Principal Investigator and Director for the African American Male Initiative at FVSU. Dr. Fields has a solid record of proven effective engagement in grantsmanship with nearly 10 grants totaling more than two million dollars.

A native of Pennsylvania, Dr. Fields has a myriad of experiences ranging from her work with the Georgia Department of Education in the Governor’s Internship Program under Governor Joe Frank Harris. She was also a Public Management Intern with the New York State Department of Civil Service under Governor Mario Cuomo. Dr. Fields progressed through the competitive process in the New York State Management program to become a Senior Personnel Administrator. Utilizing her management experience, Dr. Fields served as the Director of Student Life at The Chicago International Charter School in Illinois where she also worked as the Assistant Director of the school. These experiences coupled with her dedication to helping to enrich the lives of young adults led Dr. Fields to move into higher education. She began her professorial career in academia at Tuskegee University as an Assistant Professor of Political Science. Additionally, her experience and grantsmanship enabled her to receive a Fellowship Award with the National Center for Bio-Ethics.

Dr. Fields received the Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from California University of Pennsylvania, the Master of Public Administration from The Atlanta University. Her terminal degree, the Doctor of Philosophy, was earned from Clark Atlanta University in International Affairs and Development with cognates in International Relations and International Development Education.

Dr. Fields received the John W. Davison Outstanding Faculty Award in May 2011 and the President’s Trailblazer Award in May 2012 at Fort Valley State University. She was awarded the Citizen of the Year in 2013, a recognition from the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated in Fort Valley. Dr. Fields’ professional and social affiliations have included memberships in the American Society for Public Administration, Conference of Minority Public Administrators, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in the Social Sciences (Life Member).

MEIGAN M. FIELDS, PH.D.

Assistant Professor
Fort Valley State University
Department of History, Geography, Political Science, and Criminal Justice
HM Bond 228
Fort Valley, Georgia 31030
FieldsM@FVSU.edu
Phone: (478) 825-6634

EDUCATION

Doctor of Philosophy, International Affairs & Development (International Development Education), 1999
Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA

Master of Public Administration, Human Resources Management, 1987
Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA

Bachelor of Arts, Speech Communications, 1985
California University of Pennsylvania, California, PA

EXPERIENCE

Assistant Professor, Political Science
Department of History, Geography, Political Science, and Criminal Justice
Fort Valley State University, Ft. Valley, GA
August 2006 – Present

Courses Taught:

  • FVSU 0100: Orientation to the University POLS 3350: Seminar in Politics (Politics and the Media)
  • POLS 1101: American Government POLS 3305: Women and Politics
  • POLS 3185: Public Administration POLS 4403: Comparative Politics
  • POLS 4405: International Politics POLS Independent Study Course: State & Local Government

Adjunct Professor, Political Science
Department of Political Science
Columbus State University, Columbus, GA
August 2006 – Present

Courses Taught:

  • POLS 1101: American Government
  • POLS 3185: Public Administration

Assistant Professor, Political Science
Department of History and Political Science,
Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL
August 1999 – May 2006

Courses Taught:

  • POLS 200: Introduction to Political Science POLS 201: American Government
  • POLS 202: African American (Black) Politics POLS 204: Politics and the Media
  • POLS 311: Modern Political Theory POLS 330: Comparative Politics
  • POLS 321: International Organizations POLS 461: Readings in Political Science
  • POLS Independent Study Course

Instructor, Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies Program
Continuing Education Program
Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL
June – July 2005

Instructor, SAT/ACT Standardized Test Preparation
Continuing Education Program
Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL
June – July 2005

Summer Youth College Program
Extension Services Program
Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL
June – July 2002 – 2004

Director, Student Life and Development
Chicago International Charter School
Chicago, IL August 1997 – June 1999

OTHER RELATED EXPERIENCE

Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL
June – August 2004
Project Director/Fellowship RAISE UP! (Raised Awareness Is Essential): An Educational & Physical Fitness Awareness Program, Project EXPORT – Public Health Bioethics Education & Training Core, Summer 2004 Fellowship Program

Tuskegee University, Continuing Education, Tuskegee, AL
May 2001 – August 2003
Program Coordinator REACH Program (Restructuring Employees’ Attitudes & Capabilities for Hiring)

Tuskegee University, Continuing Education, Tuskegee, AL
June 2000 – August 2001
Program Coordinator Alabama Satellite Childcare Program

RESEARCH AND SUPPORT (GRANTS RESEARCH & AWARDS)

(2004) Principal Investigator: Project RAISE UP! – Project Director
Program funded, $8,000.

(2004) Co-Principal Investigator: Assessing Childcare in Under-served Communities in Alabama Project $320,000, unfunded.

(2000 – 2003) Coordinator: Alabama Satellite Childcare Program
Program funded $450,000.

(2001 – 2003) Co-Principal Investigator: REACH (Restructuring Employees’ Attitudes and Capabilities forHiring) Training Skills Program
Program funded, $1.87 Million Dollars.

(2001) Co-Principal Investigator: Youth Educated and Energized for Success (YEES)
Project $416, 353, unfunded.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

American Political Science Association
American Society for Public Administration
Southeastern Conference for Public Administration
National Conference of Black Political Scientists

SERVICE AND OTHER MEMBERSHIPS OR COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

  • Fort Valley State University Banks-Pierro-Rutland-Bellamy Social Sciences Colloquium Committee
  • Fort Valley State University Conference on Youth Violence Committee
  • Fort Valley State University Orientation to University Course
  • Department of History, Geography, Political Science, and Criminal Justice Display Committee
  • Political Science Student Association, Faculty Advisor, Fall 2006 to Present
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • Tutor, Reading Program – Combined Communities of Southeast Columbus, Inc.
  • Board Member, Columbus Youth Football Program – Northeast Packers
  • Certified Member, National Youth Sports Administrators Association

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Tackie, N.O. and M. Fields. April 2005. “Education of Women as a Contributor to Economic Growth in Africa.” In Women in African Development: The Challenges of Globalization and Liberalization in the 21st Century, ed. S. Boko, M. Baliamoune-Lutz, and S. Kimuna. Trenton, NJ: African World Press/The Red Sea Press.

Tackie, N.O. and M. Fields. Accepted for publication. “A Comparative Analysis of Selected Development Indicators Between African Economies and the Black Belt and Distressed Counties of Alabama. In Land, Community and Culture: Building Coalitions for Sustainable Economic Progress, ed. N Baharanyi, R. Zabawa, and W. Hill. Tuskegee, AL: Tuskegee University.

Fields, M. and H. Findlay. In preparation. “Global Awareness: Perceptions and Relevance to African American College Students.”

Fields, M. In preparation. Racial Profiling and Homeland Security: Its Impact on African Americans After 9/11.

BULLETINS AND MANUALS PUBLISHED

Fields, M. “Raise Up! Raised Awareness is Essential: An Educational & Physical Fitness Program. Bulletin. June 2004.

Fields, M. “REACH news.” A newsletter bulletin prepared for Tuskegee University Continuing Education. July 2003.

Fields, M. REACH Policies and Procedures Manual. Developed for Tuskegee University Continuing Education. June 2002.

Fields, M. and J. Johnson. REACH Training Curriculum. Instructional manual developed for Tuskegee University Continuing Education. 2001.

Fields, M. and J. Johnson. Alabama Satellite Child Care Program: Trainer’s Manual. Developed for Tuskegee University Continuing Education. 2000.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

“Love, Lust, and Lies.” Presented at the Y.O.U.T.H. Beyond Violence Conference, October 2006, Fort Valley, GA.

Fields, M. M. 2004. “Health Disparities in African American Communities.” Presented at the Southeastern Conference for Public Administration (SeCOPA) Governance In a New Era of Cooperation. Charlotte, NC.

Fields, M. “ 2004. “RAISE UP! (Raised Awareness Is Essential), An Educational & Physical Fitness Program.” Presented at the Project EXPORT, Public Health Bioethics Education & Training Core, Summer 2004 Fellowship Project Presentation Conference. 2004, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL.

Tackie, N.O. and M. Fields. 2003. “A Comparative Analysis of Selected Development Indicators Between African Economies and the Black Belt and Distressed Counties of Alabama.” Presented at the 61st Professional Agricultural Workers Conference, Tuskegee, AL.

Fields, M. 2003. “HIV/AIDS In Zambia: Its Impact on Africa’s Most Valuable Resource, Women, Children, and Healthcare Providers.” Presented at the Southeastern Conference for Public Administration (SeCoPA). Savannah, GA.

Danso-Boafo, K., M. Fields, and A. Berkoh. 2002. “Globalization and the African Health Crisis.” Discussant Presented at the Southeastern Conference for Public Administration (SeCoPA). Columbia, SC. October 2002.

Tackie, N.O., M. Fields, and A. Siaway. 2002. “Education of Women as a Contributor to Economic Growth in Africa.” Presented at the Conference on Globalization, Economic Liberalization, and the Role of Women in Economic Growth and
Development in Africa: The Challenge for the 21st Century, Wake Forest University, Winston – Salem, NC.