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Jada Russell

Jada earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Concentration in Biochemistry & Cellular and Molecular Biology and a Master of Public Health with a Concentration in Community Health Education from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Her passion for working in higher education was first ignited during her time as an Academic Coach at the Student Success Center. During her tenure while working in this position, she realized working in higher education was her calling. This discovery lead her to further her education, as she is now a doctoral candidate in the Higher Education Administration program.


Jada previously served as the VolsTeach Academic Coach/Recruiter, VolsTeach Assistant Director and Coordinator for Recruitment and Retention for the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences. She is an active member of the Global Community for Academic Advising, also known as the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) and University of Tennessee Admissions: Diversity Advantage.


Jada focuses her research on access to higher education for marginalized populations such as first generation and underrepresented minorities, retention first time freshman and persistence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Her favorite quote is “live, laugh, love.”