Appointments

Rita Dove to Receive the $20,000 Stone Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement

Rita Dove to Receive the $20,000 Stone Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement

The Stone Award was established in 2011 to highlight the work of the creative writing program at Oregon State University’s School of Writing. Literature, and Film. The award comes with a $20,000 prize. Professor Dove, the Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia, will accept the award next spring in Oregon.

Audrey Beard to Lead the School of Education at North Carolina Central University

Audrey Beard to Lead the School of Education at North Carolina Central University

Dr. Beard was a tenured professor of early childhood education at Albany State University in Georgia. She was also director of clinical experiences and chair of the department of teacher education at Albany State.

Ten African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Ten African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties 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.

A Pair of African American Men Named Chair of Their Academic Departments

A Pair of African American Men Named Chair of Their Academic Departments

Calvin White was appointed chair of the department of history at the University of Arkansas and Timothy Turner is the new chair of the department of biology at Jackson State University in Mississippi.

Eight African Americans in New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Eight African Americans in New Administrative Roles 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.

New Roles for Three Black Faculty Members

New Roles for Three Black Faculty Members

Taking on new duties are KiTani Parker Lemieux at Xavier University of Louisiana, Darby English at the University of Chicago, and Kerry L. Haynie at Duke University in North Carolina.

Four African American Faculty Members in New Roles

Four African American Faculty Members in New Roles

The appointees are Melissa Wooten at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Christopher Williams at Xavier University of Louisiana, Ajamu Loving of the American College of Financial Services, and Brenda Hosley at Arizona State University.

Five African American Academics Honored With Major Awards

Five African American Academics Honored With Major Awards

The honorees are Roslin Growe of the University of Louisiana Lafayette, Quintard Taylor of the University of Washington, Tony Brown of Hampton University, and Marie Chisholm-Burns and Noma Anderson, both from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.

New Administrative Roles in Higher Education for Six Black Scholars

New Administrative Roles in Higher Education for Six Black Scholars

The appointees are Na’ilah Nasir at the University of California, Berkeley, Newtona Johnson at Middle Tennessee State, Teshome Alemneh at Indiana University, Genyre Henry Boston at Florida A&M, Veronica Cohen at Mississippi Valley State, and Artika R. Tyner at the University of Saint Thomas.

Yale Divinity School Lands an Esteemed African American Scholar

Yale Divinity School Lands an Esteemed African American Scholar

Willie James Jennings was an associate professor of theology and Black church studies at Duke University Divinity School. He is the the 2015 winner of the $100,000 Grawemeyer Award in Religion.

Two Black Scholars in New Faculty Roles

Two Black Scholars in New Faculty Roles

Tatishe Nteta was promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts and Wanda K. Lawrence was appointed chair of the department of nursing at North Carolina Central University in Durham.

Stanford's Jennifer Eberhardt Is Among the "50 Groundbreaking Scientists"

Stanford’s Jennifer Eberhardt Is Among the “50 Groundbreaking Scientists”

Jennifer L. Eberhardt, an associate professor of psychology at Stanford University, was one of 15 women among the “50 Groundbreaking Scientists Who are Changing the Way We See the World” selected by Business Insider.

Eight African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Eight African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties 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.

Tracy Smith to Lead the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University

Tracy Smith to Lead the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University

Professor Smith has taught creative writing at the university since 2005. Earlier, she taught at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York, the University of Pittsburgh, and Columbia University. In 2012, she won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry.

Dillard University's Kiki Baker Barnes Named Athletic Administrator of the Year

Dillard University’s Kiki Baker Barnes Named Athletic Administrator of the Year

Kiki Baker Barnes was chosen as the 2015 Administrator of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Directors. Dr. Barnes also serves as president of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference.

A Milestone Faculty Appointment at the University of Kansas

A Milestone Faculty Appointment at the University of Kansas

Nicole Hodges Persley is the first African American woman to be granted tenure in the department of theatre at the University of Kansas. She is also the first Black scholar to serve as director of the graduate studies in the theatre department.

Four Black Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

Four Black Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

The honorees are George L. Daniels of the University of Alabama, Lawanda Cummings of Paine College in Augusta, Georgia, Hewitt W. Matthews of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and Dawn J. Wright of Oregon State University.

A Dozen African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

A Dozen African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Posts 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.

Clemson University Scholar Named Co-Editor of the the Journal Language Arts

Clemson University Scholar Named Co-Editor of the the Journal Language Arts

Jonda C. McNair is a professor of literacy education in the Eugene T. Moore School of Education at Clemson University in South Carolina. The peer-reviewed journal is a publication of the National Council of Teachers of English.

Yolanda Moses to Be Honored by the American Anthropological Association

Yolanda Moses to Be Honored by the American Anthropological Association

Yolanda T. Moses, professor of anthropology and associate vice chancellor for diversity at the University of California, Riverside, has been selected to receive the 2015 Franz Boas Ward for Exemplary Service from the American Anthropological Association.

Four Black Scholars in New Faculty Posts

Four Black Scholars in New Faculty Posts

Taking on new faculty roles are Yosvany Terry at Harvard University, Darrick Hamilton at The New School, Paula T. Hammond at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Eugene T. Parker III at the University of Kansas.

Morrine Omolo Awarded a Faculty for the Future Fellowship

Morrine Omolo Awarded a Faculty for the Future Fellowship

The Faculty for the Future Fellowship program was established by the Schlumberger Foundation in 2004 and provides funding for women from the developing world to pursue a Ph.D. Omolo is eligible for $50,000 in annual funding for up to five years.

Nine African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Nine African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

The new administrative appointees are Karyn S. Hollingsworth, Sheila Caldwell, Mark Alnutt, Ernie T. Hughes, Redgina Hill, Nyeema Watson, Nyote Calixte, Steven Smith, and Gordon A. Rowe Jr.

The Next Dean of the College for Public Health and Social Justice at Saint Louis University

The Next Dean of the College for Public Health and Social Justice at Saint Louis University

Collins O. Airhihenbuwa currently serves as chair of the department of biobehavioral health in the College of Health and Human Development at Pennsylvania State University. He has been on the faculty at Penn State for more than 30 years.

Music Educator Takes the Reins of the South Carolina Governor's School for Arts and Humanities

Music Educator Takes the Reins of the South Carolina Governor’s School for Arts and Humanities

Cedric Adderley was dean of the college at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Formerly, he was associate vice president for academic affairs at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina.

The First African American President of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

The First African American President of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Evelyn F. Crayton, professor emerita at Auburn University in Alabama, is the new president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The academy, with over 76,000 members, is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals.

Black Physicist Named the Rosen Scholar at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Black Physicist Named the Rosen Scholar at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Edwin Fohtung, an assistant professor of physics at New Mexico State University, was named the 2015 Rosen Scholar by the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The designation comes with $150,000 in grant money to fund Dr. Fohtung’s research.

Yale Dean Given the Honor of Throwing the First Pitch at a Miami Marlins Game

Yale Dean Given the Honor of Throwing the First Pitch at a Miami Marlins Game

Jonathan Holloway, professor and dean of the College at Yale University, was a star high school football player and was a linebacker at Stanford University. But until recently, he had never thrown a baseball in his life.

Three African Americans in New Teaching Positions

Three African Americans in New Teaching Positions

Marcus Thompson was given the title of Institute Professor at MIT. Alana Gunn was appointed an assistant professor of social work at Binghamton University, and Damion Waymer was named associate professor of communication at the University of Cincinnati.

The New Dean of the Faculty at Warner Pacific College

The New Dean of the Faculty at Warner Pacific College

Dr. Reginald Nichols is an ordained minister and serves as president of the board of the Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance. He will also serve as vice president for academic affairs at the college, which is located in Portland, Oregon.

Six Black Administrators Appointed to New Posts in Higher Education

Six Black Administrators Appointed to New Posts in Higher Education

The appointees are Linda Strong-Leek at Berea College, Frederick White at Jackson State University, Ontario Wooden at North Carolina Central University, Monique Guillory-Winfield at the College of Saint Elizabeth, Joel Frater at Monroe Community College, and Fatimah R. Stone at the University of Delaware.

East Carolina University Honors Its First African American Bachelor's Degree Recipient

East Carolina University Honors Its First African American Bachelor’s Degree Recipient

Laura Marie Leary earned a bachelor’s degree at East Carolina University in 1966. A scholarship named in her honor will be awarded to students who are majoring in fields where minorities have traditionally been underrepresented.

CUNY's Preparatory High School Renamed to Honor Derrick Griffith

CUNY’s Preparatory High School Renamed to Honor Derrick Griffith

Dr. Griffith served as the founding principal at the Preparatory Transitional High School of the City University of New York from 2003 to 2010. He was killed in the Amtrak train wreck in Philadelphia this past May. At the time of his death, he was dean of student affairs at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn.

The New Dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Central Florida

The New Dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Central Florida

Elizabeth A. Dooley will also hold the title of vice provost of teaching and learning at the university. Since 2009 Dr. Dooley has been associate provost for undergraduate academic affairs at West Virginia University.

Deborah Johnson Is the First African American to Win the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction

Deborah Johnson Is the First African American to Win the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction

The Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction is administered by the University of Alabama School of Law and the ABA Journal. Johnson is the first woman and the first African American to win the prize.

African American Scholar Named Dean at a Hispanic-Serving Institution

African American Scholar Named Dean at a Hispanic-Serving Institution

Lawrence T. Potter Jr. was named the next dean of the College of Arts and Science at University of La Verne in California. African Americans make up 6 percent of the student body and Latinos are nearly half of all undergraduates at the university.