April Heyward


april heywardApril Heyward, MRA, University of Central Florida

April Heyward joined the College of Charleston as an Adjunct Faculty in May 2021. She is the Program Manager for the SC EPSCoR (Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) Program at the South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA). She develops, implements, and manages STEM programs and initiatives to increase research capacity, research competitiveness, and the STEM workforce pipeline in South Carolina. Prior to SCRA, she worked in the Division of STD/HIV at the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control and the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. She owned a management consulting company for several years. Ms. Heyward’s teaching interests are Computational Social Science, Data Science, Decision Science, Machine Learning, Public Administration, Public Policy, and Research Methods. Her education philosophy is to foster and facilitate a learning-centered approach where she as the instructor and students are both participating in the learning experience. Her aim is to educate students through her teaching, research, service, and professional experience.

Ms. Heyward is pursuing her Doctorate in Public Administration in the Department of Political Science in the College of Humanities and Social Science at Valdosta State University. She is in the Dissertation phase of her Doctoral Program. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Benedict College and a Master of Research Administration from the University of Central Florida. She is a Riley Institute Diversity Fellow at Furman University. Her research interests are Computational Social Science, Data Science, Decision Science, E-Government, Machine Learning, Public Administration, and Public Policy. She is integrating Data Science and Machine Learning algorithms and employing R programming specifically RStudio into her research, research methods, and non-research projects. 

Ms. Heyward is a member of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), ASPA Section on Public Administration Research, ASPA Section on International and Comparative Administration, ASPA Lowcountry Chapter, and the South Carolina Academy of Science. She is a Columnist for ASPA PA Times. She is the Vice President of the South Carolina Academy of Science and is a member of the South Carolina Academy of Science Council. She is a HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) Grant Reviewer and evaluates proposals in a fair, equitable, and objective manner to provide healthcare services for persons living with HIV (PLWH). Ms. Heyward can be reached at heywarda@cofc.edu.