Dr. Stacey Nickson, Director

Stacey C. Nickson is in her fifth decade of service as an educator and administrator in both K-12 and higher education. As Director of Center for Educational Outreach and Engagement (CEOE) at Auburn University. Dr. Nickson oversees the development and implementation of K-12 grants, projects, programs and partnerships established through University Outreach. These programs impact districts, schools and students throughout the state of Alabama. Dr. Nickson also chairs the Head Start committee for the Black Belt Community Foundation board of directors which oversees six Head Start schools in rural Alabama.

Dr. Nickson administers a single-source program that promotes specific techniques to “find common ground” and enhance global communication skill development using Culture Bump Approach®. As such, Dr. Nickson conducts research, publishes, presents workshops and seminars locally, nationally and internationally training educational leaders from varied disciplines in Culture Bump Approach®.

Dr. Nickson earned a Fulbright award in 2012 and served as a Fulbright Specialist at the University of Cape Town’s Center for Higher Education Development in South Africa in 2013. In 2017 Dr. Nickson served as a Fulbright Specialist in Ghana at the University of Cape Coast in their department of Basic Education. Dr. Nickson was the past president of the Alabama Chapter of the Fulbright Association and since 2019 has served on the board of directors for the national Fulbright Association.

Dr. Nickson's publications reflect her research interests and include book chapters and journal articles on preparing faculty in South Africa, cross-cultural communication across disciplines, diversity leadership and technology, and learning theories. She is the co-author of the book Culture Bump: 8-Steps to Common Ground, published in 2019.

Dr. Nickson earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University-Bloomington and a doctorate from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

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Venus Hewing
Dr. Venus Hewing, Outreach Partnerships and Initiatives Coordinator

Dr. Venus Hewing was born in Columbus Ohio and raised in many places across the country as a military dependent.  She has been in the field of Higher Education for over 25 years.

Dr. Hewing was recently appointed Coordinator for Outreach Partnerships and Initiatives in the Center for Educational Outreach & Engagement.  She worked in the Office of Inclusion and Diversity (OID) and Student Affairs before coming to University Outreach.  She served as a Psychological Counselor, Coordinator of Peer Educators and Emergency On-call Counselor at Ramapo College of New Jersey for 17 years, prior to coming to Auburn University.

Dr. Hewing received her undergraduate degree in Public Administration from Franklin University, Master’s degree in Counseling Education from University of Dayton and Doctorate degree in Higher Education Leadership from Union Institute & University.  Dr. Hewing is passionate about higher education and believes it to be the key to liberation that exposes one to unlimited possibilities.

LaDonna Langley
LaDonna Langley, Administrative Assistant II

LaDonna Langley joined the Center for Educational Outreach and Engagement (CEOE) team in 2016 to facilitate Auburn University’s collaboration with the GEAR UP Birmingham City Schools grant. LaDonna currently provides support to the Director of CEOE and assists with the administrative management of CEOE grants, programs and projects.

In 2015 LaDonna received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Services from Troy University. She also possesses a certification in Surgical Technology. LaDonna plans to continue her education here at Auburn University. LaDonna has business experience working with Inflation Systems, Inc., a division of Takata Corporation and First National Bank of Opelika.

LaDonna has extensive volunteer experience which includes concentrations in fundraising and disaster awareness with the American Red Cross as well as philanthropic work for the Children’s Miracle Network.

Ryan Moss
Ryan Moss, M.Ed., Grant Coordinator

Ryan Moss serves as the CEOE Grant Coordinator currently supervising the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act grant (WIOA). Mr. Moss coordinates AU services provided through University Outreach, the Harbert School of Business, the Black Belt Community Foundation and the Bullock and Macon County Career Technical Education programs for high school students.

Mr. Moss’ twenty-year career in PreK-12 education includes serving as a coach (swimming, tennis, football and basketball), teacher, career center coordinator, assistant principal and principal (elementary, middle and high school). Mr. Moss is a two-time alumnus of Auburn University (B.S. in Ed. ’00 and M.Ed.’02).

Ashia Wordlaw
Ashia Wordlaw, Graduate Student

Ashia Wordlaw joined the Center for Educational Outreach and Engagement (CEOE) team in August of 2021. She currently serves as an assistant case manager for the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) grant. She is excited to be part of the CEOE Family!

Ashia is currently a third-year pharmacy student at the Harrison School of Pharmacy here at Auburn University where she will receive her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2023. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biomedical Sciences in 2019 from Auburn University.

Last Updated: February 7, 2022