Dr. Stacey Nickson, Director

Stacey C. Nickson is in her fourth 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 by University Outreach. These programs impact districts, schools and students throughout the state of Alabama.

Dr. Nickson also created and administers the Auburn University Cultural Insight Program, which promotes global communication skill development using Culture Bump Approach®. As such, Dr. Nickson presents workshops and seminars locally, nationally and internationally training educational leaders from varied disciplines in cross-cultural communication.

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. Dr. Nickson currently serves as the president of the Alabama 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.

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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Tanja Redd, MBA, Coordinator

Tanja is a native of Frankfurt, Germany but has lived most of her life in either Georgia or Alabama. She earned her B.S. in international business from Auburn University in 1992, an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management in 2004, and is currently pursuing her PhD in higher education administration at Auburn University.

Tanja brings diverse experience to the Center for Educational Outreach and Engagement (CEOE) office. In her over 8 years of service to Auburn University, she was an instructor in the Auburn First Year Experience program in 2010 and 2014/2015 and will be the instructor for a GEAR UP Tutoring class through the Honors College in 2015. She is a former alumni programs coordinator with the Auburn Alumni Association and has nearly a decade of programming and special events planning experience including coordinating the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards held annually to honor alumni and friends who have excelled in their career or field. She also planned and coordinated the 2011 Auburn University National Championship Pep Rally in Glendale, Arizona with over 50,000 students, VIPs, alumni, and fans present. In 2009, Tanja was chosen by her Auburn University peers as Employee of the Month in the Professional Staff category and was awarded the Spirit of Excellence Award.

Prior to returning the Plains to work for her alma mater, Tanja taught German at the Berlitz Language School in Atlanta, Georgia and held numerous substitute teaching assignments in the Gwinnett County school system, including a long term assignment teaching German IV. Her business experience includes positions with the Federal Reserve Bank in Birmingham, the former ValuJet Airlines and JP Morgan in New York and Atlanta.

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LaDonna Langley, Coordinator

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 develops new thematic summer camps and facilitates Auburn University’s summer programming arm of GEAR UP Birmingham City Schools. These programs are designed to promote college exposure for GEAR UP students through participation in activities and curriculum to enhance subject knowledge and career readiness. LaDonna provides support to the Director of CEOE and assists with the oversight and management of Auburn University’s GEAR UP grant responsibilities.

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. She is a proud member of the Fulbright Association which promotes and supports the Fulbright Program of international educational and cultural exchange.

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Lena D. Fielder, Graduate Assistant

Lena D. Fielder joined the Center for Educational Outreach and Engagement in the summer of 2016 and serves in the capacity of a graduate assistant. She is a doctoral student in the Adult Education program through the Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Technology.

Lena’s career and education experience covers both K-12 and postsecondary education. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education from Troy State University, Master of Science degree in Special Education from Alabama State University, Certification in Educational Administration from Auburn University Montgomery, Master of Science degree in Postsecondary Education with a Concentration in Public Administration from Troy University and Education Specialist in Special Education from Auburn University Montgomery. Along with her educational background, Lena has nine years of experience as a special education instructor, two years as an education specialist, two years as assistant principal and four years as an adult education and workforce development professional.

Last Updated: October 24, 2016