Who We Are

Dr. Adrienne P. Stephenson

Assistant Dean, The Graduate School
Director, OGFA
McKnight Doctoral Fellowship and FAMU Graduate Feeder Fellowship Liaison

Adrienne P. Stephenson serves as an Assistant Dean in the Graduate School and the Director of the Adrienne Stephenson Headshot.jpgOffice of Graduate Fellowships and Awards. She received her B.A. in Chemistry from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and a MS and PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology from Florida A&M University. Prior to working at Florida State University, Dr. Stephenson served as a STEM Center Director at Tallahassee Community College (TCC) where she managed the NSF FAMU-TCC Bridges to the Baccalaureate in the Biomedical Sciences, Florida Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (FGLSAMP) and NSF STEM Star Scholars Programs. She also served as a Science Specialist/STEM Coordinator at the Florida Department of Education for several years in the Bureau of Curriculum and Instruction and the Bureau of School Improvement. She is passionate about inspiring, mentoring, coaching and challenging the next generation of leaders. Her why is best summed up by the anonymous quote,  “You have been assigned this mountain to show others it can be moved.”


Dr. Thomas J. Whitley

Whitley Headshot_1.jpgAssistant Director, OGFA

Thomas J. Whitley serves as the Assistant Director of Florida State University’s Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards. He earned a BA in Religious Studies from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, an MA in Religion and an MDiv from Gardner-Webb University, and a PhD in Religion from Florida State University. His research focuses on the intersection of identity and sexuality in early Christianity. He is passionate about helping graduate students succeed both inside and outside of the academy.