Appointments

Two Black Scholars in New Teaching Roles

Two Black Scholars in New Teaching Roles

Tanjala S. Purnell was named an assistant professor in the department of surgery at Johns Hopkins University and Ben O. Lukongo was appointed assistant professor of agricultural economics at Southern University.

A Pair of African American Women Honored With Prestigious Awards

A Pair of African American Women Honored With Prestigious Awards

The honorees are Tiffany A. Flowers, instructor of Education at Georgia Perimeter College in Decatur, and Serita Acker, the director of the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program at Clemson University in South Carolina.

Two African Americans Appointed to University Administrative Posts

Two African Americans Appointed to University Administrative Posts

Kecia Thomas was named associate dean for faculty leadership development and diversity at the University of Georgia and Miron P. Billingsley is the new vice chancellor of student affairs at North Carolina Central University.

Claudia Rankine Is a Finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry

Claudia Rankine Is a Finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry

Claudia Rankine, the Henry G. Lee Professor of English at Pomona College in Claremont, California, is one of five finalists for the National Book Award in the poetry category.

The New President of the National Association of African American Honors Programs

The New President of the National Association of African American Honors Programs

Coreen Jackson is a professor in the department of communication and director of the Honors Program at Tennessee State University in Nashville. She had served as the organization’s vice president since last October.

Howard University's Frank Ross Honored by the American Institute of CPAs

Howard University’s Frank Ross Honored by the American Institute of CPAs

Frank K. Ross, the director of the Center for Accounting Education at the Howard University School of Business, received the 2014 Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Service from the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA).

Three Women Named to New Faculty Positions at U.S. Universities

Three Women Named to New Faculty Positions at U.S. Universities

Taking on new teaching roles are Francine Huff at Florida A&M University, Phyllis Dennery at Brown University in Rhode Island, and Shalanda H. Baker at the law school of the University of Hawaii.

Honors Bestowed on Four African American Scholars

Honors Bestowed on Four African American Scholars

The honorees are Antoine J. Alston of North Carolina A&T State University, Adriel A. Hilton of Western Carolina University, Phyllis Miller of Mississippi State University, and Bernardine M. Lacey of Delaware State University.

Four African Americans in New Higher Education Administrative Roles

Four African Americans in New Higher Education Administrative Roles

Wanda Raby Spurlock was named vice president of the National Gerontological Nursing Association. Olivia Goodheart at Jackson State, Reyniolda Brown at Harris-Stowe State, and Nathan Haymar at Southern University are all taking on new roles.

Colorado State University Scientist to Be Honored by the Institute of Caribbean Studies

Colorado State University Scientist to Be Honored by the Institute of Caribbean Studies

Robert B. France, professor of computer science at Colorado State University, has been selected to receive the Excellence in Science and Technology Award from the Institute of Caribbean Studies.

Delaware State University Names Three African Americans to Administrative Posts

Delaware State University Names Three African Americans to Administrative Posts

Jacqueline A. Washington was named associate vice president for academic affairs. Stephen J. Ampersand was named vice president for financial aid services and Bill H. Means was appointed director of the Office of Career Services.

Cato Laurencin Receives a Pioneer Award From the National Institutes of Health

Cato Laurencin Receives a Pioneer Award From the National Institutes of Health

He is the first faculty member at the University of Connecticut to win the award. The award comes with a $4 million grant to enable Dr. Laurencin to continue his groundbreaking work on regenerative engineering.

Shana Redmonds Named to Professorship Honoring Civil Rights Activist Ella Baker

Shana Redmonds Named to Professorship Honoring Civil Rights Activist Ella Baker

The University of California, Santa Barbara, has established a visiting professorship to honor Ella Baker, a founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and its network of Freedom Schools. Shana Redmond of the University of Southern California will be the first holder of the post.

Four Black Scholars Appointed to New Teaching Positions

Four Black Scholars Appointed to New Teaching Positions

The four Black scholars in new teaching positions are Samory Kpotufe at Princeton University, Nadine Finigan-Carr at the University of Maryland-Baltimore, Kami Chavis Simmons at Wake Forest University’s School of Law, and Charlotte Braithwaite at MIT.

Distinguished Honors for Three African American Scholars

Distinguished Honors for Three African American Scholars

The honorees at Brandon Keith Brown assistant professor of music at Brown University, William M. Carter Jr., dean of the law school at the University of Pittsburgh, and Robin E. Dock, an associate professor at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina.

Three African Americans Named to Key Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Three African Americans Named to Key Administrative Posts in Higher Education

The new administrative appointees are LeAnn Alexander at the Mississippi University for Women, Debra Daniels at the University of Utah, and Dion Lewis at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania.

Yale's Hazel Carby to Receive a Prestigious Medal for Literary Achievement

Yale’s Hazel Carby to Receive a Prestigious Medal for Literary Achievement

Professor Carby has been selected to received the 2014 Jay B. Hubbell Medal for Lifetime Achievement in American Literary Studies. The award is sponsored by the American Literature Section of the Modern Language Association.

Administrative Appointments in Higher Education for a Trio of African Americans

Administrative Appointments in Higher Education for a Trio of African Americans

The new appointees are Betty Boatright at South Carolina State University, Nyree Gray at Claremont McKenna College in California, and Steven E. Hairston at Saint Augustine’s University in North Carolina.

Three African Americans in New Teaching Roles

Three African Americans in New Teaching Roles

The appointees are Warren E. Milteer Jr. at Virginia Tech, La Marr Jurelle Bruce at the University of Maryland-College Park, and Theresa A. Johnson at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

The New Deputy Assistant Secretary for Higher Education at the U.S. Department of Education

The New Deputy Assistant Secretary for Higher Education at the U.S. Department of Education

James T. Minor was the senior program officer and director of higher education programs for the Southern Education Foundation in Atlanta. From 2004 to 2010, Dr. Minor was a member of the faculty at Michigan State University.

Stanford University's Condoleezza Rice Receives West Point's Thayer Award

Stanford University’s Condoleezza Rice Receives West Point’s Thayer Award

The award is presented by the U.S. Military Academy’s Association of Graduates to individuals who exemplify West Point’s motto, “Duty, Honor, Country.” Dr. Rice, a former U.S. secretary of state, is now a professor at Stanford University.

Professor Wins a National Award for Her Book on the History of Black Journalists

Professor Wins a National Award for Her Book on the History of Black Journalists

Jinx Coleman Broussard, a professor in the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, received the History Division Book Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Four Black Scholars in New Faculty Roles

Four Black Scholars in New Faculty Roles

Taking on new faculty duties are Beverly McIver at Duke University, Abel Gyan at Clermont College of the University of Cincinnati, Marcus Gardley at Brown University, and John Miller at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock.

Five African Americans Appointed to New University Administrative Positions

Five African Americans Appointed to New University Administrative Positions

The appointees are Delbert T. Foster at South Carolina State, Alta Mauro at New York University’s Abu Dhabi campus, Willie James Young Jr. at Mississippi Valley State, Lotoya Battle-Brown at Rutgers University-Newark, and Dennis A. Mitchell at Columbia University.

Five African Americans in New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Five African Americans in New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Taking on new roles are Dexter A. Bailey Jr. at Stony Brook University in New York, Cheryl Evans Jones at Paine College in Georgia, Stacy Downing at Delaware State University, Brian Seymour at Edward Waters College in Florida, and Jonathan Muse at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania.

Notable Honors for Three Black Men With Ties to the Academic World

Notable Honors for Three Black Men With Ties to the Academic World

Patrick Cage of Chicago State University and Chinedum Osuji of Yale University are being honored by professional societies and mystery writer Walter Mosley is receiving an award from the City College of New York.

Seven African American Scholars in New Teaching Posts

Seven African American Scholars in New Teaching Posts

The appointees are Nicole Overstreet at Clark University, Rodney Ridley Sr. at Wilkes University, Danielle Evans at the University of Wisconsin, Barbara Gutherie at Northeastern University, Prince Ellis at Clermont College, A. Todd Franklin at Hamilton College, and Kenny Leon at Fordham University.

Jackson State University Names a Recital Hall to Honor Long-Time Music Professor

Jackson State University Names a Recital Hall to Honor Long-Time Music Professor

Jimmie James served on the staff at Jackson State University in Mississippi for 43 years, rising through the ranks to chair the department of music. The university honored his service by placing his name on a recital hall in the campus music center.

New Teaching Posts for Six African American Scholars

New Teaching Posts for Six African American Scholars

The appointees are Christena Cleveland at Bethel University, Jacquelyn Taylor at Yale, Andrea Washington-Brown at West Virginia University, Blanche Cooke at Wayne State, Eric L. De Barros at Clark University, and Emmett D. Carson at Indiana University.

Three African American Women in New Administrative Posts at Universities

Three African American Women in New Administrative Posts at Universities

The African American women taking on new roles are Marjolie Leonard at Stony Brook University in New York, Jamina Scippio-McFadden at the University of Massachusetts, and Jacqueline Hightower at Florida A&M University.

Four Black Scholars With Ties to Academia Win American Book Awards

Four Black Scholars With Ties to Academia Win American Book Awards

The Before Columbus Foundation of Oakland, California is honoring Emily Raboteau of CCNY, Jonathan Scott Holloway of Yale, Sterling Plumpp of the University of Illinois, Chicago, and Jamaica Kincaid of Claremont McKenna College.

Roscoe Roberts Named General Counsel at the Univerity of Virginia

Roscoe Roberts Named General Counsel at the Univerity of Virginia

Earlier in his career, he served as legal counsel at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia State University in Petersburg, and Christopher Newport University in Newport News.

Six African Americans Taking on New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Six African Americans Taking on New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

The new appointees are Claudia Donald at the University of Massachusetts, Damon R. Wade at Grambling State, LLJuna Weir at Alcorn State, Malika Roman Isler at Wake Forest, Clayton A. Gibson at Alabama A&M, and Steven E. Hairston at St. Augustine’s University.

Three New Black Scholars at Brandeis University

Three New Black Scholars at Brandeis University

Gregory Childs and Jasmine Johnson are new assistant professors at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, and Derron Wallace was appointed the Florence Levy Kay Fellow in education and African and Afro-American studies.

University of Nebraska Scholar Honored for Journalism Research

University of Nebraska Scholar Honored for Journalism Research

Dane Kiambi, an assistant professor of public relations at the University of Nebraska, received the Best Paper Award for Journalism Research from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Two African American Women Named to VP Posts at the College of New Rochelle

Two African American Women Named to VP Posts at the College of New Rochelle

Betty Roberts is the new vice president for finance and administration and Elaine T. White was promoted to vice president of student affairs at the 4,000-student college in New York.