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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.