Angelicque Tucker Blackmon, Ph.D.
Dr. Blackmon is CEO and Chief Inspiration Officer at ILC. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Studies with an emphasis in Science Education from Emory University. She has a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Southern University and a M.S. degree in Analytical Chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Blackmon completed a two-year AERA-IES Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cultural Anthropology.
Dr. Blackmon has an extensive background in developing and executing performance, outcome, and impact-based evaluations. She has a depth of knowledge of mixed methods research and specializes in qualitative methodologies. Her work focused on the influence of sociocultural contexts on science teaching and learning. Prior to entering the field of education, Dr. Blackmon worked as a research chemist with the U.S. Geological Survey, Dow Chemical and 3M.
Dr. Blackmon served as the Lead Evaluator of a 15-member team to evaluate a $12.5 million Annenberg Foundation grant to Enterprise Community Partners. She has served as the external evaluator or researcher for 20 funded programs designed to increase students’ knowledge, skills, interests, attitudes, and efficacy in STEM, produced over 20 reports, and has one research publication and one book chapter.
Dr. Blackmon’s and ILC associates support leaders in STEM education to secure external funding so that students (K-16), who would not ordinarily receive high quality STEM experiences, can experience the benefit of such programs. She works with program leaders to construct STEM education contexts that build on underrepresented students’ assets. Her work includes collaborating with organizational executives and Principal Investigators to provide feedback on the performance of their programs, mainly so that students receive the optimal benefit of allocated financial resources. In addition to evaluating programs, she also works with educational leaders to create strategic plans for program design and implementation, develops logic models and provides clients with data visuals of research and evaluation findings.
She has a Collaborative Institutional Training Certification (CITI) certification that is valid from 2010-present and a NIH Human Research Participant Certification valid from 2013-present.
When most people review her professional background, they do not realize that Dr. Blackmon loves to laugh and tell jokes. Sometimes, she is even funny. She has three children, Taylor, Nate, and Morgan, all of whom participate in competitive athletics, including cheerleading. Dr. Blackmon, when younger, tried numerous times to become a high school cheerleader—to no avail. So, she decided to become a Professional Cheerleader of Life and Success.
- Southern University, B.S., Chemistry – 1991
- Georgia Institute of Technology, M.S. Analytical Chemistry – 1995
- Emory University, Ph.D., Science Education – 2003
- Georgia State University, Department of Anthropology and Geography, Postdoctoral Fellowship – 2005
Angelicque Tucker-Blackmon, Ph.D., launched Innovative Learning Center with a belief that the educational processes used to teach math and science must be exploited to advance the intellectual, emotional, cultural, social, and spiritual development of all learners. Targeting specific needs of students by developing strategic goals and plans, she creates learning experiences that embrace mathematics and physical sciences.
By removing educational disadvantages, her goal is to foster bright futures by exposing young people to opportunities that allow them to become tomorrow’s innovators and entrepreneurs. Our ongoing objective is to prepare them to return to the same neighborhoods as employers who inspire and hire the next generation.
An experienced educator of students from kindergarten through college and mentor to working professionals, she has been promoting access to STEM disciplines for all students since 1992. Her expertise further entails educating teachers. Her research interests include science education in urban schools, professional development, cultural applied anthropology, and cultural competency through science education professional development. Dr. Blackmon advocates the whole child approach to developing students into self-sufficient, motivated, lifelong learners. She formerly served as Program Director at the National Science Foundation and as a faculty member in the Education Department at Spelman College.