Appointments

Two Black Women Appointed to Named Faculty Positions

Two Black Women Appointed to Named Faculty Positions

Jeannine Bell was appointed the Richard S. Melvin Professor of Law at the Indiana University and Donita Brady was named Presidential Assistant Professor of Cancer Biology at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine.

Three Black Women in Higher Education Win Notable Awards

Three Black Women in Higher Education Win Notable Awards

The honorees are Wanda Heading-Grant of the University of Vermont, Juanita Johnson-Bailey of the University of Georgia, and Emile M. Towns, dean of the Vanderbilt University Divinity School.

A Quartet of African Americans in New University Administrative Posts

A Quartet of African Americans in New University Administrative Posts

Taking on new roles are Lorraince Acker at Iowa State University, Kevin Appleton at the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, John Michael Lee Jr. at Florida A&M University, and Nicole Edwards Evans at Jackson State University in Mississippi.

The Next Dean of the College of Education at New Mexico State University

The Next Dean of the College of Education at New Mexico State University

Donald Pope-Davis is a professor of clinical psychology at DePaul University in Chicago. He served as provost at DePaul from 2013 to 2014. Earlier, he was associate provost at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.

Three Black Men in New University Faculty Roles

Three Black Men in New University Faculty Roles

Fred D’Aguiar at Virginia Tech and Wynton Marsalis at Cornell University were named to endowed professor positions. Norah Duncan IV was appointed chair of the department of music at Wayne State University.

Six African Americans Named to Administrative Positions in Higher Education

Six African Americans Named to Administrative Positions in Higher Education

The appointees are Kimberly A. Saunders at the University of Delaware, Paul Norman at St. Augustine’s College, George Cotton at Florida A&M, Tyrone Parham at Penn State, Lori S. White at Washington University, and Derrick Johnson at Elizabeth City State.

University of Virginia Names New Building After Former Slaves of University Professors

University of Virginia Names New Building After Former Slaves of University Professors

Both Isabella and William Gibbons were slaves who were owned by different professors at the University of Virginia prior to the Civil War. The new Gibbons Hall will house about 200 students this fall.

The Late Maya Angelou Honored by the U.S. Postal Service

The Late Maya Angelou Honored by the U.S. Postal Service

Maya Angelou, the Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University, who died last spring, was honored with the issue of a Forever Stamp bearing her portrait.

Vassar College Honored for Its Commitment to Increasing Opportunities for Low-Income Students

Vassar College Honored for Its Commitment to Increasing Opportunities for Low-Income Students

Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, is the inaugural winner of the $1 million Cooke Prize for Equity in Educational Excellence. Since 2008 the college has vastly increased its percentage of students from low-income families.

Washington and Lee University Black Law Students Win Mock Trial Competition

Washington and Lee University Black Law Students Win Mock Trial Competition

The team from Washington and Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia, competed against 18 teams in the finals competition held in Portland, Oregon. It was the only undefeated team in the three-day competition.

Honors and Awards for Black Leaders in Higher Education

Honors and Awards for Black Leaders in Higher Education

The honorees are Carol Tonge Mack of the University of Cincinnati, Quincy Martin III of Triton College in River Grove, Illinois, and Jean E. Swinney of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Two Black Scholars Win Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

Two Black Scholars Win Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

Marlon James, an associate professor of English at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, won the fiction prize and Jericho Brown, an assistant professor of English at Emory University in Atlanta, won the poetry award.

Jonathan Holloway Named to an Endowed Chair at Yale University

Jonathan Holloway Named to an Endowed Chair at Yale University

Jonathan Holloway was appointed the Edmund Morgan Professor of African American Studies at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. He has served as chair of the department of African American studies and as dean of Yale College.

Four African Americans Named to Dean Positions

Four African Americans Named to Dean Positions

Newly appointed to positions as dean are Carolyn H. Livingston at Carleton College in Minnesota, Sandra Crewe at Howard University in Washington, Ruby Perry at Tuskegee University in Alabama, and Grant Hayes at East Carolina University in North Carolina.

Five New Administrative Appointees at Virginia State University

Five New Administrative Appointees at Virginia State University

The new appointees at Virginia State University are Kevin Davenport, Letizia Gambrell-Boone, Ramona L. Taylor, Pamela L. Munden-Off, and Eddie L. Perry Jr.

Alain Mabanckou Is a Finalist for the Man Booker International Prize

Alain Mabanckou Is a Finalist for the Man Booker International Prize

Alain Mabanckou is a professor of French and Francophone studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. A native of the Congo, he taught at the University of Michigan for three years before joining the UCLA faculty in 2006.

New University Administrative Posts for Three African Americans

New University Administrative Posts for Three African Americans

The new appointees are Darryl Heller at Indiana University South Bend, Joanne Woodward at the University of North Texas in Denton, and Jabar Shumate at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.

CCNY's Gilda Barabino to Lead the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

CCNY’s Gilda Barabino to Lead the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

According to City College, Dr. Barabino is the first African American women to serve as a dean of engineering at an educational institution that is not a historically Black college or university.

Two African Scholars at U.S. Universities Named to Key Association Posts

Two African Scholars at U.S. Universities Named to Key Association Posts

Samuel Dagogo-Jack was named president of medicine and science for the American Diabetes Association and Moses Ikiugu was elected to a three-year term as the American delegate to the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

Four African Americans in New Administrative Posts at U.S. Universities

Four African Americans in New Administrative Posts at U.S. Universities

The appointees are Celena Mondie-Milner at the University of Texas, Shana Lassiter at Columbia University, Greg Drane at Pennsylvania State University, and D. Jason DeSousa at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Texas Tech Honors a Black Student It Expelled in 1985

Texas Tech Honors a Black Student It Expelled in 1985

In 1985, Timothy Cole was expelled from the university after he had been accused of raping a White woman student. He was convicted a year later and sent to prison. Cole died in prison in 1999. In 2010, DNA evidence proved he did not commit the crime.

National Communication Association Names Award After Its Former President

National Communication Association Names Award After Its Former President

Orlando L. Taylor is vice president for strategic initiatives and research/director of the Institute for Social Innovation at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California. He was the first African American president of the National Communication Association.

Hampton University Appoints Three Women to Chair Academic Departments

Hampton University Appoints Three Women to Chair Academic Departments

Lisa VanHoose was named chair of the department of physical therapy. Ebony Andrews was appointed chair of the department of pharmacy practice and Shonda Buchanan was named chair of the department of English and modern foreign languages.

News of Appointments, Promotions, and Retirements of Black Faculty

News of Appointments, Promotions, and Retirements of Black Faculty

Faculty members profiled here include Paul Potier of Prairie View A&M, Nnamdi Pole of Smith College, Maurice Smith of Harvard, Pamela Barber-Freeman of Prairie View A&M, John Dabiri of CalTech, Phillip Williams of Emory University, and Clarence Lusane of American University.

Notable Honors and Awards for Black Scholars

Notable Honors and Awards for Black Scholars

The honorees are Emanuel Collins of Florida State University, Souleymane Bachir Diagne of Columbia University, Bridal Pearson of the University of Baltimore, John Hudgins of Coppin State University, and Jamila Stockman of the University of California, San Diego.

Two African American Men Named to University Administrative Posts

Two African American Men Named to University Administrative Posts

Max Allen was named chief of staff for the president of Clemson University in South Carolina and Tony Moore was appointed vice president for technology administration at Xavier University of Louisiana.

University of Massachusetts Names New Dean for Its Honors College

University of Massachusetts Names New Dean for Its Honors College

Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina is currently the Kathe Tappe Vernon Professor of Biography and chair of the department of African and African American studies at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Two Nigerian Writers Who Teach in the U.S. Win the Windham Campbell Prize

Two Nigerian Writers Who Teach in the U.S. Win the Windham Campbell Prize

Helon Habila is an associate professor of creative writing at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Teju Cole is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College in New York.

Albany State University Announces Several New Appointments

Albany State University Announces Several New Appointments

Abiodun Ojemakinde was appointed provost and vice president for academic affairs. Chanta Haywood, Clifford Porter, and Cynthia Hoke were also appointed to new positions.

Rutgers University Renames Institute to Honor Clement Alexander Price

Rutgers University Renames Institute to Honor Clement Alexander Price

Dr. Price, who died last November at the age of 69, was the Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor and the founding director of the Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience on the university’s Newark campus.

Two African Americans in New Administrative Posts at U.S. Universities

Two African Americans in New Administrative Posts at U.S. Universities

Vicki T. Sapp was appointed director of community and organizational development at the University of Rhode Island and Timothy V. Johnson was named director of the Tamiment Library at New York University.

Emory University's Natasha Trethewey Is Now a Columnist for The New York Times Magazine

Emory University’s Natasha Trethewey Is Now a Columnist for The New York Times Magazine

Professor Trethewey, who served two terms as Poet Laureate of the United States, will select a poem for publication each week and write a short introduction to the work.

Suzan-Lori Parks Wins the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History

Suzan-Lori Parks Wins the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History

Suzan-Lori Parks teaches creative writing at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She was honored for her play “Father Comes Home From the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3,” which was first staged at The Public Theater in New York last October.

Two Black Scholars in New Teaching Roles

Two Black Scholars in New Teaching Roles

Thomas Sayers Ellis is serving as the Sterling Brown Professor of English and Humanities at Howard University and Cheryl Jones-Walker was promoted to associate professor at Swarthmore College.

New Administrative Posts in Higher Education for Two African Americans

New Administrative Posts in Higher Education for Two African Americans

Dorothy Stripling is the new interim chief financial officer at Fort Valley State University and Jennifer A. Scott is the new director of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Three African American Women Scholars Honored With Awards

Three African American Women Scholars Honored With Awards

The honorees are Lissa Stapleton of the University of Southern Mississippi, Retha Hill of Arizona State University, and Karla FC Holloway of Duke University.