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Javiette Samuel

Adjunct Associate Professor


Javiette Samuel is the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Engagement and Director of Community Engagement and Outreach. She is an experienced engaged scholar with a unique combination of educational, interpersonal, and creative skills. She has worked with students, families, and communities for nearly 25 years focusing on engagement and evidence-based programs .

In her work, Dr. Samuel cultivates relationships with national, state, and regional partners; works with units across campus to connect UT’s knowledge with the community in mutually beneficial ways; identifies and tackles complex issues to help improve the well-being of our state’s citizens; and provides support and resources to assist partners. Her primary applied research focus has been on child development, positive youth development, and family well-being. She is especially passionate about addressing educational disparities; early warning signs of disengagement from school and learning; mentoring; and increasing parental involvement within underserved communities. Samuel has served as a faculty member and Extension administrator at the University of Kentucky, Kentucky State University, and Tennessee State University where she provided leadership for Extension, engagement, and outreach programs.

Courses Taught

  • Human Development
  • Development of Infancy and Early Childhood
  • Child Development
  • Creative and Expressive Arts for Young Children
  • Infant Clinic


Ph.D., Human Ecology, University of Tennessee, 2002

M.S., Child and Family Studies, University of Tennessee, 1999

B.S., Family Studies, University of Tennessee, 1996


Selected Recent Publications

Samuel, J. and Hughes, W. (2014). Promoting positive youth development among underserved audiences: practice, partnership, and policy perspectives.  Reclaiming Children and Youth, Fall Issue

Trent, A. and Samuel, J. (2014). Strong Foundations for Future Success: Early Childhood Programs and Family Engagement. National Council on Family Relations Report, 59(2)

Samuel, J. and Machara, M. (2014). Working With Children of Incarcerated Parents. National Council on Family Relations Report, 59(1)

Chesney, C., Samuel, J. Fuller D. (2009). Outreach and Engagement at Tennessee State University. Journal of Higher Education & Outreach, 13(3)

Samuel, J. (2008). Facilitating Best Practices When Youth Aren’t Displaying Their Best Behavior. Journal of Extension, 46 (1)

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