Faculty Spotlight
Dean, School of Fire and Health Sciences
Vaughn Calhoun Headshot1
Vaughn Calhoun, Ed.D, joined Anna Maria College in August 2013 as an Assistant professor in AMC's School of Business, Sports Management Department. With his multifaceted background and scholar-practitioner focus, in this short time with the College, Dr. Calhoun has become a man on a mission. "I hope to serve as a resource to the students in the classroom, help them navigate through college life, prepare them for the workforce, provide advice about the graduate school process and just make sure that they have a great experience, leaving college with more direction, more consciousness, and ready to take on the next phase of life."
Dr. Calhoun's professional career began in politics while in graduate school as a United States Congressional intern for the late Congresswoman Juanita Millendar-McDonald of California's 37th congressional district. He then went on to serve as the lead field organizer for Long Beach City Councilwoman Laura Richardson's California State Assembly campaign (she later became a member of Congress), and Al Austin's Long Beach City Council campaign.
Conversely, Dr. Calhoun decided to return to his roots and work in intercollegiate athletics. Dr. Calhoun is a former full scholarship, Division I student-athlete who participated on the Rutgers University football team during his undergraduate years, earning three varsity letters despite sustaining a devastating knee injury in his sophomore year.
Dr. Calhoun has served as the Assistant Commissioner of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) where he was an integral member of the executive staff responsible for overseeing championship events, community service events, the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), professional development workshops, and coordinating coaching seminars. In addition, Dr. Calhoun was an NCAA voting delegate and represented the conference locally, regionally, and nationally. Likewise, he served as the Assistant Athletic Director at Emerson College where his role was multifaceted ranging from student-athlete advising to coordinating community service events, serving as a liaison to career service, coordinating vendor contracts, creating budget reports, overseeing facilities management, and managing professional staff.
Dr. Calhoun is a graduate of Rutgers University where he earned his B.S. in Criminal Justice with a minor in Black Studies. He received his Masters of Public Policy and Administration from California State University and his Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) from Northeastern University. His dissertation was a qualitative study titled, "Division I Student-Athletes and the Experience of Academic Clustering." He is currently preparing his dissertation for journal submission.
Dr. Calhoun currently resides in Shrewsbury with his wife Tamara. She is currently a 3rd year Ph.D. student of Clinical Psychology at Clark University. Dr. Calhoun has also served on various boards, has guest lectured at many institutions, is the founder and director of his own tutoring program and is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.