Dr. Diane Bowles has more than 30 years of higher education experience both as an institutional research administrator and as a principal investigator for government grants and contracts. Currently, she serves as the Vice President for the Division of Government Sponsored Programs and Research (GSPAR) and Executive Director of the Smith Institute for Applied Research and Title III Director at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina. Under her leadership, government sponsored programs and applied research continues to generate increased funding and excellence in research throughout the University. Bowles’ efforts are nationally recognized for promoting multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research collaborations for Johnson C. Smith University in addition to being recognized in all aspects of Title III Administration.
Bowles collaborates with a team of faculty liaisons to promote campus-wide undergraduate research activities through the establishment of the Smith Institute for Applied Research. The Smith Institute now has two Centers of Study: Center of Study for Non-Cognitive Variables and Educational Success; and Center of Study for Minority Health and Family Wellness. Under her direction, the Centers of Study and the Smith Institute provide funding for a robust applied research pilot grant program involving high-quality, faculty led, undergraduate research projects. Currently, Bowles is working on the production of Ten Men: Examining the Passion and Progress of Black Men on Charlotte’s Historic West End, a literary antidote to the statistics plaguing Charlotte’s Black Men.
Bowles is the founding publisher of Smith Institute, an applied research periodical which features articles that capture and inform readers about the scope, methods, and applied research activities. Bowles also successfully launched the Smith Institute Multidisciplinary Applied Computational Modeling and Simulation (MACMAS) Lab; a state-of-the-art facility, that faculty, students, and community members may utilize and experience cutting-edge computational methods for addressing complex research questions.
Prior to joining JCSU in 2002, Bowles was employed at the Center for Advanced Communications Policy, formerly, the Office of Technology Policy at the Georgia Centers for Advanced Telecommunications Technology (GCATT) on the campus of the Georgia Institute for Technology, and at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling and Psychological Services from Clark Atlanta University; a M.Ed. in Adult Education Program Management from Georgia State University; and a B.S. in Education from Temple University. Dr. Bowles holds professional memberships in the American Council in Education (A.C.E.), National Association of Black Schools Educators (NABSE), National Association of HBCU Title III Administrators, Inc., National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA), Society of Research Administrators (SRA) International, National Sponsored Programs Administrators Alliance (NSPAA), National Commission for Health Education Credentials (NCHEC) and is a member of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR).