Chanta M. Haywood, Ph.D.

  • Position: Vice Provost For Academic Affairs
  • Division: Academic Affairs

Dr. Chanta M. Haywood serves as the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at Fort Valley State University where she is responsible for building a comprehensive research and graduate studies agenda and overseeing strategic academic initiatives at the university.  She completed her doctoral and master’s studies in American literature from the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) in 1995. She also conducted post-doctoral studies at UCSD. She received undergraduate degree in English from Florida A&M University (FAMU).

A respected scholar, prolific grant writer, experienced book, grant and program reviewer and a seasoned administrator,  Haywood has over 20 years of strong academic professional experience in three university systems (Florida, North Carolina and Georgia). She has worked in different capacities including graduate dean, associate provost for academic affairs, associate vice president for research, vice president for advancement and professor.

Dr. Haywood was appointed by former U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, to serve on the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Board, where she was selected by board members as the Chair. She also has extensive work with the U.S. Department of Education as a reviewer, workshop presenter and Principal Investigator for nearly 5 million dollars.  Her 2003 book, Prophesying Daughters: Black Women Preachers and the Word, 1823-1913 was re-released in February 2016 by the University of Missouri Press and marketed for a new audience.

Dr. Haywood is committed to advancing higher education, and she is devoted to developing strategic mechanisms that leverage institutional resources across disciplinary and unit boundaries.  Some of her notable accomplishments over her career are serving as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California at San Diego; as a faculty member at Florida State University where she received the Outstanding University Teaching Award; as graduate dean at FAMU where her grant writing led to over 20 students receiving their Ph.D.s; as associate provost at NCCUwhere she shepherded the effort to get the school’s only Ph.D. program (Integrated Biosciences);  and at Albany State, where she revamped the Office of Institutional Advancement and led the effort to raise funds for the marching band participate in the Tournament of the Roses Parade.