Appointments

The New Chief of Staff to the Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh

The New Chief of Staff to the Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh

Kathy Humphrey was named senior vice chancellor for engagement and chief of staff for the chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh. For the past nine years, she has served as vice provost and dean of students at the university.

Alabama A&M Professor to Edit Special Issue of a Prestigious Journal

Alabama A&M Professor to Edit Special Issue of a Prestigious Journal

Matthew E. Edwards, a professor of physics at Alabama A&M University, has been chosen as as guest editor for a special issue of the American Journal of Materials Science.

Lovell Jones Named Associate Dean for Research at Prairie View A&M University

Lovell Jones Named Associate Dean for Research at Prairie View A&M University

Dr. Jones was a professor at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and a research professor in the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston.

Mahtem Shiferraw Wins the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets

Mahtem Shiferraw Wins the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets

The award is presented by the African Poetry Book Fund and Prairie Schooner, the literary magazine published by the University of Nebraska Press and the creative writing program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Melissa Harris-Perry to Lead the Pro Humanitate Institute at Wake Forest University

Melissa Harris-Perry to Lead the Pro Humanitate Institute at Wake Forest University

Professor Harris-Perry, who hosts a weekend news show on the MSNBC cable channel, joined the Wake Forest faculty in 2014 as the holder of the Presidential Endowed Chair in the department of politics and international affairs.

Four Black Academic Men Win Prestigious Honors

Four Black Academic Men Win Prestigious Honors

The honorees are Derek D. Bardell of Delgado Community College, Samuel Achilefu of Washington University in St. Louis, Claiborne D. Smith of Delaware State University, and William Franklin of California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Six African Americans Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Six African Americans Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

The appointees are Debra Bright at Montgomery College, Willie Bernard Jackson Jr. at Edward Waters College, Rosalyn Martin at UNC-Wilmington, Shelley Davis at Howard University, Dwight K. Hamilton at Smith College, and E. D’Wayne Robinson at Florida A&M University.

Yale Scholar Named to University's First Endowed Chair in Poetry

Yale Scholar Named to University’s First Endowed Chair in Poetry

Elizabeth Alexander, who was selected to write a poem and read it at President Obama’s inauguration in 2009, has been a member of the faculty at Yale since 2000.

Penn State Engineering Professor Named Editor of a Scholarly Journal

Penn State Engineering Professor Named Editor of a Scholarly Journal

Chinay Anumba, professor and chair of the department of architectural engineering at Pennsylvania State University, has been named editor of the journal Engineering, Construction, and Architectural Management.

Former Deputy Governor of Illinois Hired at the University of Chicago

Former Deputy Governor of Illinois Hired at the University of Chicago

Cristal Thomas was appointed vice president for community health engagement at the University of Chicago School of Medicine and special assistant to the vice president for civic engagement at the University of Chicago.

Four African Americans Named to New University Administrative Posts

Four African Americans Named to New University Administrative Posts

The appointees are W. Kent Guion at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Meredith Evans at Washington University, Tanya Barnes-Jones at Saint Augustine’s University and Lee A. McElroy Jr. at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

New Faculty Roles for Two African American Scholars

New Faculty Roles for Two African American Scholars

Keisa W. Mathis was named an assistant professor of integrative physiology at the University of North Texas Health Science Center and Lisa Lewis, associate professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania was named a Penn Fellow.

Patricia Smith Wins a Biennial Award from the Library of Congress

Patricia Smith Wins a Biennial Award from the Library of Congress

Patricia Smith, an associate professor of English at the College of Staten Island in New York, is being honored for her collection of poetry that examines the Great Migration of African Americans from the South to northern cities.

College Dean Appointed to the Boston School Committee

College Dean Appointed to the Boston School Committee

Martin J. Walsh, mayor of Boston, has appointed Regina Robinson to serve on the Boston School Committee. Robinson is dean of student affairs at Cambridge College. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

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

Those taking on new administrative posts are Bernice B. Rumala at Trident University, Rita Walters at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Maurice D. Gipson at Arkansas State University, and F. Erik Brooks at Western Illinois University.

Bridgette Brawner Is an Inaugural Community Scholar-in Residence at Penn

Bridgette Brawner Is an Inaugural Community Scholar-in Residence at Penn

Dr. Brawner will be working with the city of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Disability Services to determine the reasons for racial disparities in individuals who access the department’s services.

John Bracey Named a Spotlight Scholar at the University of Massachusetts

John Bracey Named a Spotlight Scholar at the University of Massachusetts

The designation as a Spotlight Scholar at the University of Massachusetts is reserved for faculty members who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in research, scholarship or creative activity.

Yale's James Comer Honored by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Yale’s James Comer Honored by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

James P. Comer is the Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine’s Child Study Center. He has served on the Yale University faculty since 1968.

Thea James Wins the Compassionate Caregiver Award From the Schwartz Center

Thea James Wins the Compassionate Caregiver Award From the Schwartz Center

Thea L. James is an associate professor of emergency medicine and assistant dean of diversity and multicultural affairs at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. James has cared on site for victims of the 9-11 terrorist attack in New York, Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, and earthquakes in Iran and Haiti.

Two Black Scholars Appointed to Chair Academic Departments

Two Black Scholars Appointed to Chair Academic Departments

Jacqueline Goldsby was named chair of the department of African American studies at Yale University and Anekewe E. Onwuanyi was named chief of cardiology in the department of internal medicine at the Morehouse School of Medicine.

Cass Cliatt Named Vice President for Communication at Brown University

Cass Cliatt Named Vice President for Communication at Brown University

She has been serving as vice president for communication at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The Princeton University graduate will begin her new job on April 1.

Ursula Robinson Honored at the Atlanta Black Theater Festival

Ursula Robinson Honored at the Atlanta Black Theater Festival

Ursula O. Robinson, an associate professor of visual and performing arts at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, was honored for the writing of her one-woman show.

Three African Americans in New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Three African Americans in New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

The appointees are Stephen L. McDaniel at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Almeta E. Cooper at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, and Kennith Inge at Fort Valley State University in Georgia.

The New Provost at Saint Augustine's University in Raleigh, North Carolina

The New Provost at Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina

Yvonne Moore Coston was promoted to provost and vice president of academic affairs at Saint Augustine’s University. She was serving as vice president for research and innovation at the university.

University of North Dakota Honors One of Its Early Black Students

University of North Dakota Honors One of Its Early Black Students

In 1924, Era Bell Thompson enrolled at the University of North Dakota as a track and field athlete. After college, she became a journalist and eventually was one of the top editors at Ebony magazine.

The New Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Jackson State University

The New Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Jackson State University

Mario Azevedo, a native of Mozambique, has been serving as professor and interim chair of the department of history and philosophy at the university. Previously, he taught for 20 years at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

Four African Americans in New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Four African Americans in New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

The appointees are Mary E. Coleman at Guttman Community College, Nelson Townsend at Florida A&M University, Sandra Jowers at the University of the District of Columbia and Tricia Penniecook at Oakwood University.

University Librarian Honored by the Tuskegee Airmen

University Librarian Honored by the Tuskegee Airmen

Ruth M. Jackson, University Librarian Emerita at the University of California, Riverside, received the 2014 Presidential Recognition Award from Tuskegee Airmen Inc. In 2005, Jackson established the Tuskegee Airman Archive at the university.

Gary Clark to Direct New Center for Law and Public Interest at Dillard University

Gary Clark to Direct New Center for Law and Public Interest at Dillard University

Gary Clark, an associate professor and chair of the department of political science at Dillard, has been named the inaugural director of the new center that will will focus on pre-law training for students interested in the legal profession.

Four African Americans in New Teaching Roles

Four African Americans in New Teaching Roles

Those with new teaching posts are Denise W. Streeter at Pennsylvania State University, Dereck Barr at the University of Wisconsin, Delaney Bennett at Clemson University, and Clarence G. Newsome at the University of Cincinnati.

New Administrative Posts in Higher Education for Three African Americans

New Administrative Posts in Higher Education for Three African Americans

The new appointees are Cinda Scott at the Center for Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies, Clyde Doughty Jr. at Bowie State University, and Mandara Savage at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

Artist Uses Her Head to Win Top Prize in Art Competition

Artist Uses Her Head to Win Top Prize in Art Competition

Sonya Clark, chair of the department of craft and material studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, enlisted 12 hairstylists to craft her head into a work of art for the judges’ consideration.

W. Terrell Jones Receives Posthumous Award

W. Terrell Jones Receives Posthumous Award

Dr. Jones, who served as vice provost for educational equity at Pennsylvania State University, was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Commission on Access, Diversity, and Excellence of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

Nigerian Poet Wins the Inaugural Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry

Nigerian Poet Wins the Inaugural Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry

The pan-African poetry prize honors books of African poetry written in English or translated into English. The inaugural winner of the prize is Nigerian amu nnadi.

Lane College Promotes Two Administrators

Lane College Promotes Two Administrators

At the historically Black college in Jackson, Tennessee, Darlette Carver Samuels was promoted to chief of staff for the president of the college and Sherrill Berry Scott was named vice president for administration.