Appointments

Three African American Men Among the Finalists for the Kingsley Tufts  Poetry Award

Three African American Men Among the Finalists for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award

Claremont Graduate University in California has announced five finalists for the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Three of the five finalists are African American men.

New Faculty Appointments at Major Universities for Five Black Scholars

New Faculty Appointments at Major Universities for Five Black Scholars

Taking on new roles are Debra J. Barksdale at Virginia Commonwealth University, Michael A. Nutter at Columbia University, Theaster Gates at the University of Chicago, Chris Swan at Tufts University, and Engda Hagos at Colgate University.

New Administrative Assignments for Eight African Americans in Higher Education

New Administrative Assignments for Eight African Americans in Higher Education

Here is this week’s roundup of African Americans who have been appointed to new administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Fielding Graduate University Names New Center for Marie Fielder

Fielding Graduate University Names New Center for Marie Fielder

Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California, has announced the establishment of the Marie Fielder Center for Democracy, Leadership, and Education, a multidisciplinary research and advocacy center aimed at advancing diversity and inclusion throughout society.

Washington State University Honors Its Late President

Washington State University Honors Its Late President

Washington State University in Pullman has announced that it will name its new cultural center after its late president, Elson S. Floyd. Dr. Floyd, who became president of the university in 2007, died in June 2015 from colon cancer.

African American Finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Awards

African American Finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Awards

The National Book Critics Circle Awards are given out in six categories with five finalists in each category. Several of the finalists are African Americans who currently hold academic posts at American colleges and universities.

Yale Bestows Further Honors on the First Black Person to Donate Money to the University

Yale Bestows Further Honors on the First Black Person to Donate Money to the University

Mary K. Goodman, a Black laundry woman in New Haven, Connecticut, died in 1872. She left her life savings of $5,000 to Yale University to support the education of African American divinity students.

New Administrative Posts in Higher Education for Five African Americans

New Administrative Posts in Higher Education for Five African Americans

Taking on new administrative roles are Kenneth M. Holmes at Howard University, Cherisna Jean-Marie at Jarvis Christian College, Adria N. Kimbrough at Dillard University, Rhonda Jeter-Twilley at Bowie State University, and Wanda K. Brown at Winston-Salem State University.

Vanderbilt University Bestows a Further Honor on Its First Black Graduate

Vanderbilt University Bestows a Further Honor on Its First Black Graduate

The Joseph A. Johnson Jr. Distinguished Leadership Professor Award will honor a faculty member whose contributions to the university have enhanced equity, diversity and inclusion in the university’s academic endeavors.

Three Black Faculty Members Taking on New Assignments in Higher Education

Three Black Faculty Members Taking on New Assignments in Higher Education

Taking on new roles are Sean L. Francis at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, Ruqaiijah A. Yearby at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, and William H. Robinson at the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering in Nashville.

Prestigious Awards for a Pair of African American Scholars

Prestigious Awards for a Pair of African American Scholars

Donald Mitchell Jr. of Grand Valley State University is being honored at the Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference and Saundra Yancy McGuire of Louisiana State University will receive an award from the American Association for Advancement of Science.

Three African Americans Named to Administrative Posts at Southern Universities

Three African Americans Named to Administrative Posts at Southern Universities

Taking on new administrative roles are Sonja A. Bennett-Bellamy at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, Marcellina Melvin at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and David C. Camps Sr. at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina.

Northwestern University Art History Scholar Wins Book Award

Northwestern University Art History Scholar Wins Book Award

Krista A. Thompson, the holder of the Weinberg College Board of Advisers Chair in the department of art history at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, has been selected to receive the the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award from the College Art Association.

Four New Black Assistant Professors at Cornell University

Four New Black Assistant Professors at Cornell University

The new assistant professors are Valerie Aymar in landscape architecture, Stephanie J. Creary and Sean E. Rogers in the School of Hotel Administration, and Samantha N. Sheppard in cinema and media studies.

Four African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Four African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

The appointees are Evelyn P. Leathers at Bennett College in North Carolina, Clothilde Hewlett at the University of California, Berkeley, Kendall D. Isaac at Fort Valley State University in Georgia, and Mohamed Ali at Iowa State University.

T. Geronimo Johnson to Receive the 2015 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence

T. Geronimo Johnson to Receive the 2015 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence

T. Geronimo Johnson, a visiting professor at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop at the University of Iowa, is being honored by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation for his 2015 novel Welcome to Braggsville.

Two Black Women Named Postdoctoral Fellows at the University of Maryland Baltimore County

Two Black Women Named Postdoctoral Fellows at the University of Maryland Baltimore County

Three women make up the third cohort of the Postdoctoral Fellows for Faculty Diversity at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Black women are two of this year’s three fellows: Keisha McIntosh Allen in education and Nkiru Nnawulezi in psychology.

Two New Executives at the National Society of Black Engineers

Two New Executives at the National Society of Black Engineers

Constance Thompson was named director of external and government affairs and Stanton Hill is the new director of finance and accounting at the National Society of Black Engineers.

Three Black Faculty Members Taking on New Assignments

Three Black Faculty Members Taking on New Assignments

The Black scholars in new roles are Tyson Ling-Meadows at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Kevin K. Gaines at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and Brandy N. Kelly Pryor at the University of Louisville.

Two African Americans Selected for Notable Honors

Two African Americans Selected for Notable Honors

The honorees are William Jelani Cobb, an associate professor of history and director of the Africana Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut, and Christine Grant, a professor of chemical engineering at North Carolina State University.

Four African Americans in New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Four African Americans in New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Taking on new roles are Monica C. Scott at Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee, R. Kenneth O’Neal II at Pueblo Community College in Colorado, Fatima M. Mncube-Barnes at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and Jeremy Orr at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Neil Roberts Elected President of the Caribbean Philosophical Association

Neil Roberts Elected President of the Caribbean Philosophical Association

Neil Roberts is an associate professor of Africana studies and chair of the department of religion at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. He will become president of the association in January 2017.

Cato Laurencin to Receive the National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Cato Laurencin to Receive the National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Cato T. Laurencin has been selected by President Obama as one of seven winners of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. He is the only African American among the seven winners of the award this year.

Two African American Women Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

Two African American Women Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

The honorees are Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, a professor of dance at Florida State University in Tallahassee and Keisha Blain, an assistant professor of history at the University of Iowa.

New Administrative Posts in Higher Education for Three African Americans

New Administrative Posts in Higher Education for Three African Americans

The African Americans in new administrative posts in higher education are Eva K. Pickens at Texas Southern University, Adriel A. Hilton at Grambling State University in Louisiana, and Howard Blue at Yale University Health.

Morehouse College Student From Zimbabwe Wins Rhodes Scholarship

Morehouse College Student From Zimbabwe Wins Rhodes Scholarship

Prince Abudu, a student at Morehouse College in Atlanta, was awarded one of the Rhodes Scholarships given to students from Zimbabwe. Abudu is the fourth student from Morehouse College to be awarded a Rhodes Scholarship.

Monica Monroe Named Dean of Students at the University of Pennsylvania Law School

Monica Monroe Named Dean of Students at the University of Pennsylvania Law School

Monroe has been serving as a lecturer in law and as associate dean of students at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. She has taught at the law school since 2004.

Three African American Faculty Members Taking on Added Responsibilities

Three African American Faculty Members Taking on Added Responsibilities

Taking on new duties are Jacquelyn Taylor at the Yale University School of Nursing, Barbara Krauthamer at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and S. David Mitchell at the University of Missouri.

Two Black Men Named to Ivy League University Faculties

Two Black Men Named to Ivy League University Faculties

Khalil Gibran Muhammad was appointed professor of history, race, and public policy at the Kennedy School at Harvard University and Desmond Jagmohan was named an assistant professor of politics at Princeton University.

Two African Americans Honored With Major Awards

Two African Americans Honored With Major Awards

A. Van Jordan, Presidential Professor at Rutgers University-Newark, is the winner of the 2015 Lannan Literary Award for Poetry and Walter Bumphus, president of the American Association of Community Colleges will be awarded the inaugural Marie Fielder Medal.

New Administrative Appointments in Higher Education for Two African Americans

New Administrative Appointments in Higher Education for Two African Americans

Odetta Johnson was named director of public safety and chief of police at North Carolina Central University and Martin Mbugua was appointed assistant vice president of communications at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Historian Wins Two Book Awards for Her Work on Black Women in Pornography

Historian Wins Two Book Awards for Her Work on Black Women in Pornography

Mireille Miller-Young, an associate professor of feminist studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has won awards from the American Studies Association and the National Women’s Studies Association for her book A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women in Pornography.

Two African American Scholars Honored With Major Awards

Two African American Scholars Honored With Major Awards

The honorees are Katherine Grace Hendrix, a professor in the department of communication at the University of Memphis and Anthony Reed, an associate professor of English and African American studies at Yale University.

New Administrative Jobs for Four Black Americans in Higher Education

New Administrative Jobs for Four Black Americans in Higher Education

The new appointees are Simeon Ananou at the University at Albany, Tyrone A. Parham at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Nicole Whitehead at Sweet Briar College in Virginia, and Jason D. Hamilton at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia.

Black Canadian Woman From the University of Pennsylvania Wins a Rhodes Scholarship

Black Canadian Woman From the University of Pennsylvania Wins a Rhodes Scholarship

Adebisi (Debi) Ogunrinde, a senior at the University of Pennsylvania, was awarded one of the 11 Rhodes Scholarships from Canada. She will pursue a master’s degree in social anthropology and a master’s degree in public policy at the University of Oxford.

Two Black Men Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Two Black Men Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Andrew Agwunobi was appointed executive vice president for health affairs at the University of Connecticut and Marvin E. Green Jr. was promoted to associate athletics director for sports administration at Florida A&M University.