Staff Directory

Overtoun Jenda

Dr. Overtoun Jenda
Assistant Provost for Special Projects and Initiatives,
Professor of Mathematics
(334) 844-4672

Dr. Overtoun Jenda serves as Assistant Provost for Special Projects and Initiatives and Professor of Mathematics at Auburn University. He previously served as Associate Provost for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and Associate Dean of the College of Sciences and Mathematics at Auburn University.

Prior to coming to Auburn, Dr. Jenda was a faculty member at the University of Kentucky, University of Botswana, and University of Malawi. Dr. Jenda received a PhD and MA in Mathematics from the University of Kentucky and a BS in Mathematics (with Distinction) from the University of Malawi. His area of research is Homological Algebra, and he has published two graduate and research level books and over 60 research articles in this area.

Dr. Jenda has been the Principal Investigator for numerous grants focusing on STEM education, including the US-Africa Collaborative Research Network in Mathematical Sciences, Alabama Alliance for Students with Disabilities in STEM,  INCLUDES South East Alliance for Persons with Disabilities in STEM, Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Algebra and Discrete Mathematics, GK-12 Fellows in Science and Mathematics for East Alabama Schools, Alabama Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate, and the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program and LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate program.

Brittany McCullough

Brittany McCullough
Analyst, Planning & Assessment
(334) 844-7419

Brittany McCullough is the Analyst for Special Projects and Initiatives in the Office of the Provost. She is also an instructor in Auburn University’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics. As the Analyst for the unit, Brittany is responsible for assisting in planning and implementing special projects and initiatives, developing data collection systems and tools, maintaining databases and other records to measure and report on programs, providing quantitative and qualitative data related to the unit’s initiatives, and preparing and presenting technical reports.

Brittany received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics (summa cum laude) from Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, Kentucky and a Master of Probability and Statistics degree from Auburn University. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Educational Psychology with a focus in Educational Research Methods and Analysis.


Keri Hesson

Keri Hesson
Academic Programs Administrator
(334) 844-4395

Keri Hesson serves as the Academic Programs Administrator for the Special Projects and Initiatives unit, where she is responsible for planning, developing, and executing strategies and programs for academic related programs and services. Keri serves as the program manager for the AASD-STEM program as well as our one week ACT prep summer camp for high school students who are deaf or hard of hearing. She also serves as the co-advisor for Auburn University’s chapter of Golden Key International Honour Society and for the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). In addition, Keri is responsible for all business functions, including budgetary management of grant funding and departmental budgets.

Keri received her Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State University, with a concentration in Business. She relocated from Pennsylvania to Columbus, Georgia and began working at Auburn University in 2013. She completed her Master of Science in Business and Human Relations in 2016 from Amberton University in Texas.


Furuzan Ozbek Landers

Dr. Furuzan Ozbek Landers
Postdoctoral Fellow
(334) 844-3942

Dr. Furuzan Ozbek Landers is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Auburn University. She holds a PhD in mathematics from the University of Kentucky and MS and BS degrees in mathematics from Middle East Technical University. Her research interests include Homological Algebra, Rings and Algebras.