Appointments

New Duties or Positions for Six African American Faculty Members

New Duties or Positions for Six African American Faculty Members

Taking on new roles are Terri Norton at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, Prince Duren at Jackson State University, Sheretta Butler-Barnes at Washington University in St. Louis, Nathan De’Shon Myers at Arizona State University, Alicia Graf Mack at The Julliard School, and Tayari Jones at Emory University in Atlanta.

A Trio of Black Women Scholars Honored With Notable Awards

A Trio of Black Women Scholars Honored With Notable Awards

The honorees are Gloria Billingsley of Jackson State University in Mississippi, Sandra McGee of the School of Social Work at the University of Iowa, and Janice Jackson of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

New Administrative Positions for Five African Americans in Higher Education

New Administrative Positions for Five African Americans in Higher Education

Taking on new duties are Dustin Fulton at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Cynthia W. Roseberry at Wilberforce University in Ohio, Lanze J. Thompson at Clark Atlanta University, Douglas R. Allen II at Kentucky State University, and Carlton Green at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Henry Louis Gates Jr. Awarded the 2018 Creativity Laureate Prize

Henry Louis Gates Jr. Awarded the 2018 Creativity Laureate Prize

Henry Louis Gates Jr., the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University, was honored recently at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Four Black Scholars Taking on New Faculty Roles in Higher Education

Four Black Scholars Taking on New Faculty Roles in Higher Education

Taking on new assignments are Valerie Babb at Emory University in Atlanta, Amandu Jacky Kaba at Seton Hall University in New Jersey, Kimberly Hardy at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina, and Emile Diouf at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Tulane's Jesmyn Ward to Receive the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in Fiction

Tulane’s Jesmyn Ward to Receive the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in Fiction

Jesmyn Ward, an associate professor of English at Tulane University in New Orleans, will receive the fiction award at the 83rd Annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Award ceremony in Cleveland this September. She is the only woman to win two National Book Awards.

Five African Americans Named to New Administrative Posts at Universities

Five African Americans Named to New Administrative Posts at Universities

Taking on new duties are Nsombi B. Ricketts at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, Renita Miller at Princeton University in New Jersey, Keith E. Hall at Azusa Pacific University in California, Neijma Celestine-Donnor at the University of Maryland, and Lisa Griffin at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

Saint Louis University Honors the Late Black Scholar Norman White

Saint Louis University Honors the Late Black Scholar Norman White

Saint Louis University in Missouri has announced that it is establishing the Norman A. White Lecture that will present speakers “who embody the spirit of and commitment to social justice possessed by the late Saint Louis University faculty member.” Dr. White died last December at the age of 64.

Shane McCrae to Receive the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in Poetry

Shane McCrae to Receive the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in Poetry

Shane McCrae is an assistant professor of writing in the School of the Arts at Columbia University in New York City. McCrae joined the faculty at Columbia University in 2017 after teaching for three years at Oberlin College in Ohio.

Two African American Men In New Faculty Posts in Higher Education

Two African American Men In New Faculty Posts in Higher Education

Theaster Gates was named visiting artist and director of artist initiatives at the Lunder Institute for American Art at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, and Tryan L. McMickens was promoted to associate professor of higher education at Suffolk University in Boston.

Donna Y. Ford of Vanderbilt University Recognized for Her Diversity Efforts in Gifted Education

Donna Y. Ford of Vanderbilt University Recognized for Her Diversity Efforts in Gifted Education

Dr. Ford teaches in the department of special education and holds a joint appointment in the department of teaching and learning at Vanderbilt. She holds the Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair at the university’s Peabody College of education and human development.

A Pair of African Americans With New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

A Pair of African Americans With New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

William C. McCoy was appointed director of the Robert J. Rutland Institute for Ethics at Clemson University in South Carolina and Valerie Bailey Fischer was appointed chaplain at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Henri Ford to Be the New Dean of the University of Miami School of Medicine

Henri Ford to Be the New Dean of the University of Miami School of Medicine

Dr. Ford is professor of surgery and vice chair for clinical affairs at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. In 2011, he was honored by the American Association of Medical Colleges for his humanitarian work following the major earthquake in Haiti.

Oregon State University Honors African American Novelist Colson Whitehead

Oregon State University Honors African American Novelist Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead has been selected to receive the 2019 Stone Award for Literacy Achievement from Oregon State University. The award is presented to an American author who has created a body of critically acclaimed work and has been a mentor to young writers.

Four African Americans Taking on New Assignments at Colleges and Universities

Four African Americans Taking on New Assignments at Colleges and Universities

Taking on new roles are John Silvanus Wilson Jr. at Harvard University, Moryah Jackson at Clemson University in South Carolina, Kijua Sanders-McMurty at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, and A.L. Fleming at Albany State University in Georgia.

Three African American Women Scholars Receive Prestigious Awards

Three African American Women Scholars Receive Prestigious Awards

The honorees are Zakiya Holmes Leggett of North Carolina State University, Cynthia Nance of the University of Arkansas School of Law, and Wanda Heading-Grant of the University of Vermont.

New Duties for Two African American Male Psychology Scholars

New Duties for Two African American Male Psychology Scholars

Professor Aashir Nasim has been given the added duties as vice president for inclusive excellence at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Zollie Stevenson an associate professor at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas, was appointed vice president for academic affairs.

Tulane University's Jesmyn Ward Nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award in Fiction

Tulane University’s Jesmyn Ward Nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award in Fiction

The five finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award in fiction have been announced by the PEN/Faulkner Foundation in Washington, D.C. One of the five finalists is an African American: Jesmyn Ward, an associate professor of creative writing at Tulane University in New Orleans.

Four African Americans Who Are Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Four African Americans Who Are Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

The four African Americans appointed to new administrative posts are Ja’Net Glover at the University of Florida, Rahim Reed at the University of California, Davis, Carlos Robinson at Langston University in Oklahoma, and Leon Jones at Oklahoma State University.

University of Oklahoma Names an Academic Department to Honor Clara Luper

University of Oklahoma Names an Academic Department to Honor Clara Luper

The University of Oklahoma has announced that it is recognizing educator and civil rights leader Clara Luper by naming the department of African and African American studies in her honor. Known as the “Mother of the Oklahoma Civil Rights Movement,” she taught high school history for 41 years.

University of Montana Honors an Early Black Faculty Member

University of Montana Honors an Early Black Faculty Member

Gloria Hewitt taught at the University of Montana for 38 years and was one of the first African American women to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics. A scholarship for graduate students in mathematics has been established at the university in her name.

Fannone Jeffers Wins the 2018 Harper Lee Award From the Alabama Writers' Forum

Fannone Jeffers Wins the 2018 Harper Lee Award From the Alabama Writers’ Forum

Fanonne Jeffers, a tenured full professor of creative writing at the University of Oklahoma, will receive the honor during a gala dinner at the Alabama Writers Symposium in Monroeville, Alabama, on April 19.

Four Black Scholars Taking on New Assignments at Colleges and Universities

Four Black Scholars Taking on New Assignments at Colleges and Universities

Taking on new roles are Kenneth Ataga at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Keith Reeves at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, Nadia Ward at Yale University in Connecticut, and Tyrone Howard at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Notable Awards for Three African American Faculty Members

Notable Awards for Three African American Faculty Members

The three honorees are Faye Belgrave, University Professor of psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University, Aldon Morris, who holds an endowed chair at Northwestern University, and Jeremy Winston, an assistant professor of music and chorus director at Central State University in Ohio.

Four African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to New Administrative Positions

Four African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to New Administrative Positions

Taking on new administrative roles are Tomika P. LeGrande at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, John Barker at the University of Rochester in New York, Yesomni Umolu of the University of Chicago, and Darryl Holloman at Spelman College in Atlanta.

Six Black Scholars Taking on New Faculty Roles at Colleges and Universities

Six Black Scholars Taking on New Faculty Roles at Colleges and Universities

They are: Robin Means Coleman at the University of Michigan, Heidi R. Lewis at Colorado College, Nsoki Mavinga at Swarthmore College, Haywood L. Brown at the University of South Florida, Arris Golden at Michigan State University, and Andre Isaacs at the College of the Holy Cross.

Honors or Awards for a Trio of African American Scholars

Honors or Awards for a Trio of African American Scholars

The honorees are David Crockett of the School of Business at the University of South Carolina, Anjelica Gonzalez of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, and the late Carroll F.S. Hardy, a long-time administrator at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Four African American Women Appointed to New Administrative Positions in Higher Education

Four African American Women Appointed to New Administrative Positions in Higher Education

Taking on new administrative roles are Rica Calhoun at Florida A&M University, Kimberly Ferguson-Scott at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Akua Johnson Matherson at North Carolina Central University, and Lydia Travis at City College of New York.

Denise Rush to Serve as a Dean at Boston Architectural College

Denise Rush to Serve as a Dean at Boston Architectural College

Rush has been serving as director of undergraduate interior architecture at the college. She is a licensed interior designer and has worked in design firms in Chicago, Detroit and Grand Rapids, Michigan and taught at Columbia College and the University of Illinois.

Freeman Hrabowski to Receive American Council on Education's Lifetime Achievement Award

Freeman Hrabowski to Receive American Council on Education’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Hrabowski has served as president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County since 1992. Over the course of his career, President Hrabowski has been a strong advocate for increasing opportunities for African American students in STEM disciplines.

Three New Full Professors at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Three New Full Professors at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Nefertiti Burton was appointed professor and chair of the department of theatre arts. Kim Michelle Lewis was appointed professor of physics and Bourama Toni was appointed professor and chair of the department of mathematics.

Five African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Five African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Appointed to new posts are Carolyn Branton at Robert Morris University Illinois, Renee Bostic at Notre of Maryland University, John Eason at Florida A&M University, Michael A. Harris at Boston College, and Lorraine A. Acker at Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina.

W.B. Allen to Serve as Conservative Thought and Policy Scholar at the University of Colorado

W.B. Allen to Serve as Conservative Thought and Policy Scholar at the University of Colorado

Dr. Allen is professor emeritus of political philosophy at Michigan State University and dean emeritus of Michigan State’s James Madison College. Earlier, he served for many years on the faculty at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California.

Patricia Smith Wins the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award

Patricia Smith Wins the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award

Patricia Smith teaches in the English department at the College of Staten Island of the City University of New York System. The $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, given out by Claremont Graduate University in California, is the largest in the world for a single volume of poetry.

Four African American Women Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Four African American Women Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Taking on new roles are Traevena Byrd at American University in Washington, D.C., Darrylinn Todd at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Meshea Poore at West Virginia University, and Sheila Johnson-Willis at Syracuse University in New York.

Trudier Harris Wins Nonfiction Writing Award From the University of Alabama

Trudier Harris Wins Nonfiction Writing Award From the University of Alabama

Trudier Harris, University Distinguished Research Professor of English at the University of Alabama, received the Clarence C. Cason Award in Nonfiction Writing from the journalism department at the university for her body of work on women and Black southern writers.