Lecretia A. Buckley, Ph.D.
Lecretia A. Buckley is married to Reginald M. Buckley, the Senior Pastor of Cade Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Jackson, MS, and the President of the General Missionary Baptist State Convention of Mississippi. They have been married for 25 years and have two children, Jonathan and Anna.
Lecretia is a native of Canton, MS. She confessed Christ and began her Christian education at Pleasant Gift M.B. Church in Canton, MS. Since joining Cade Chapel, Lecretia has served as a teacher in the Adult Sunday School Department and a member of the Missions Committee where she helps to develop local, national, and international efforts for the Sunday School to practice God’s Word. Those efforts include an annual book drive for a local public school where Cade’s Sunday School department provides all required summer reading books for every child in the school, a 5k walk to support St. Jude, and donations of goats through Heifer International to benefit a village in Africa.
Lecretia excelled academically graduating valedictorian from Velma Jackson High School, Camden, MS, and valedictorian from Tougaloo College (Tougaloo, MS) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics in 1991 and 1995, respectively. While at Tougaloo, she also completed internships at GTE Laboratories (Waltham, MA), Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH), and Howard University (Washington, DC). She received the David and Lucille Packard Foundation Scholarship to pursue her graduate studies which resulted in a Master of Science in the Teaching of Mathematics and a Doctor of Philosophy in Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1998 and 2003, respectively. Her graduate work was also supported by the Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship and the American Education Research Association /Spencer Pre-Dissertation Fellowship.
Her professional career has included positions as an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistical Sciences at Jackson State University, an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Purdue University (Lafayette, IN) and a research coordinator, research assistant, and teaching assistant at the University of Illinois (Champaign, IL). During her ten year tenure at Jackson State University, Dr. Lecretia A. Buckley coordinated the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education and Master of Science in Teaching degree programs. Her research focused on the policies, practices, and pedagogies that are successful among underrepresented students in the teaching and learning of mathematics. She has been recognized as a Service Learning Fellow at Jackson State University and a Diversity Fellow at Purdue University. Currently, Dr. Buckley is employed at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine as the Education Quality Improvement Director and an associate professor in the Department of Advanced Biomedical Education. She manages the monitoring and reporting of the progress and educational outcomes for the medical education program and the accreditation of the medical school and leads in the design of faculty development for the School of Medicine.