Honors & Awards

Notable Honors and Awards for Five African American Acdemics

Notable Honors and Awards for Five African American Acdemics

The honorees are Keith Johnson of East Tennessee State University, Margaret Walker, who taught for 30 years at Jackson State University in Mississippi, Leykia Nulan of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Henry N. Tisdale of Claflin University in South Carolina, and Louis Jones of Wayne State University in Detroit.

Tayari Jones Wins Women's Prize for Fiction for Her Book, An American Marriage

Tayari Jones Wins Women’s Prize for Fiction for Her Book, An American Marriage

Professor Jones serves as a professor of English and creative writing at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. An American Marriage tells the story of Celestial and Roy, two Black newlyweds whose pursuit of the American dream is violently interrupted when Roy is imprisoned for a crime he did not commit.

Two African American Women Receive Notable Honors From Higher Education Institutions

Two African American Women Receive Notable Honors From Higher Education Institutions

Phyllis Worthy Dawkins, president of Bennett College, was honored by the Higher Education Leadership Foundation and Katherine G. Johnson, whose trailblazing achievements were highlighted in the 2016 film, Hidden Figures, will have a building name in her honor at George Mason University.

Two African American Scholars Awarded the Berlin Prize

Two African American Scholars Awarded the Berlin Prize

Recipients of the Berlin Prize are awarded a semester-long fellowship in Berlin where they will be provided with the time and resources to step back from their daily obligations to engage in academic and artistic projects they might not otherwise pursue.

Keisha N. Blain Wins Book Award from the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians

Keisha N. Blain Wins Book Award from the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians

Dr. Blain is an associate professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh, where she has served on the faculty since 2017. Her book examines the activism of Black nationalist women who challenged White supremacy and advocated for full citizenship and human rights for people of African descent.

A Quartet of African American Women Who Have Been Selected for Notable Honors

A Quartet of African American Women Who Have Been Selected for Notable Honors

The honorees are Phyllis Worthy Dawkins, president of Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, Karen Robinson, associate professor of nursing at Marquette University, Gabrielle Abelard a clinical assistant professor of nursing at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Benita Powell, assistant general counsel at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina.

Two Black Scholars Win Architecture Awards From the American Academy of Arts and Letters

Two Black Scholars Win Architecture Awards From the American Academy of Arts and Letters

Mabel O. Wilson and Mario Gooden of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University were honored for their exploration of ideas in architecture as co-directors of the Global Africa Lab at Columbia.

Four African American Men Who Have Received Notable Honors or Awards

Four African American Men Who Have Received Notable Honors or Awards

The honorees are Gregory Robinson at Tennessee State University, Echol Nix Jr. at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina, Reginald Hamilton at Pennsylvania State University, and Forest M. Pritchett at Seton Hall University in New Jersey.

Johnnetta Cole to Be Honored by the American Association for Access, Equity, and Diversity

Johnnetta Cole to Be Honored by the American Association for Access, Equity, and Diversity

Dr. Cole is being honored as a role model and leader for others through her personal achievements and excellence in a chosen field; commitment to human, civil rights, and social issues; and contributions to the betterment of society.

Five African American Faculty Members Honored With Prestigious Awards

Five African American Faculty Members Honored With Prestigious Awards

The honorees are Paul C. Clement of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, Tressie McMillan Cottom of Virginia Commonwealth University, Mary Atwater of the University of Georgia, Ronke Olabisi of Rutgers University in New Jersey, and Connie Dacus of Alabama State University.

Indiana University Law School Establishes the Juanita Kidd Stout Endowed Professorship

Indiana University Law School Establishes the Juanita Kidd Stout Endowed Professorship

Juanita Kidd Stout was the first African American woman to serve on a state supreme court in the United States. The new endowed chair honoring Justice Stout is the first professorship at Indiana University to honor an African American woman and the law school’s first endowed position named for a woman of color.

Norman C. Francis Receives the 2019 Laetare Medal from the University of Notre Dame

Norman C. Francis Receives the 2019 Laetare Medal from the University of Notre Dame

Established at the University of Notre Dame in 1883, the Laetare Medal was conceived as an American counterpart of the Golden Rose, a papal honor that dates from the 11th century. The award honors an individual who “has ennobled the arts and sciences, illustrated the ideals of the Church, and enriched the heritage of humanity.”

Honors and Awards in Higher Education for Five African Americans

Honors and Awards in Higher Education for Five African Americans

The honorees are Andrea Porter of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Howard Henderson at Texas Southern University in Houston, Jackie Sibblies Drury of the Yale School of Drama, Mary Frances Early of the University of Georgia, and Robert J. Rivers Jr. of Princeton University in New Jersey.

Notable Honors and Awards for Six African Americans in Higher Education

Notable Honors and Awards for Six African Americans in Higher Education

The honorees are Nafissa Thompson-Spires of the University of Illinois, Gregory S. Carr of Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis, Tayari Jones of Emory University in Atlanta, Jamilla Lyiscott of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Wilma Mishoe of Delaware State University, and Vinette Gordon of Fayetteville State University in North Carolina.

Keisha Blain Wins Award For Best Book on African American Women's History

Keisha Blain Wins Award For Best Book on African American Women’s History

Keisha N. Blain, an assistant professor in the department of history at the University of Pittsburgh, was honored by the Organization of American Historians for her book on 20th-century Black women nationalists.

Two African American Professors Receive Educational Research Awards

Two African American Professors Receive Educational Research Awards

The honorees are Mary Atwater, a professor in the department of mathematics and science education at the University of Georgia and James L. Moore III, Distinguished Professor of Urban Education and vice provost for diversity and inclusion at Ohio State University.

Three African American Scholars Honored With Notable Awards

Three African American Scholars Honored With Notable Awards

The honorees are Anita Hill, a professor at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, Barbara Lofton of the College of Business at the University of Arkansas, and Steve D. Mobley an assistant professor of education at the University of Alabama.

Uju Anya Wins First Book Award From the American Association for Applied Linguistics

Uju Anya Wins First Book Award From the American Association for Applied Linguistics

Uju Anya is an assistant professor of education and research affiliate for the Center for the Study of Higher Education at Pennsylvania State University. The award recognizes a scholar whose first book represents outstanding work in the field of applied linguistics.

Three African American Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

Three African American Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

The honorees are Shaun R. Harper, professor of business and education at the University of Southern California, Muyinatu Bell, an assistant professor of engineering at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and D’Andra Orey, a professor of political science at Jackson State University in Mississippi.

Two African American Men Honored With Prestigious Awards

Two African American Men Honored With Prestigious Awards

The honorees are David L. Shabazz, an assistant professor of journalism at Kentucky State University, and James L. Moore III, professor of urban education, vice provost for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer at Ohio State University.

Notable Awards Honoring Two African Americans in Higher Education

Notable Awards Honoring Two African Americans in Higher Education

The honorees are Geffrey Davis, an assistant professor of English who teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Arkansas and Bette Simmons, vice president of student development and enrollment management at County College of Morris in Randolph, New Jersey.

Bethel University's Claudia May Wins Award for Christian Children's Book

Bethel University’s Claudia May Wins Award for Christian Children’s Book

The award-winning book is the first in a series that follows the story of a young Black girl named Winnie, whose relationship with the God she calls Papa empowers her to live with remarkable love, curiosity, and bravery.

A Trio of African Americans in Higher Education Who Have Received Honors or Awards

A Trio of African Americans in Higher Education Who Have Received Honors or Awards

The honorees are Brian Culp, a professor in College of Health and Human Services at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, Keith Berry, dean of academic affairs of the Ybor City campus of Hillsborough Community College in Florida, and Mary E. Silas, former president of Kentucky State University.

First African-American Graduate of Oklahoma State University Honored With Life-Size Statue

First African-American Graduate of Oklahoma State University Honored With Life-Size Statue

Nancy Randolph Davis, the first African-American student to attend what was then Oklahoma A&M College, has been honored with a life-size sculpture outside the College of Human Sciences at Oklahoma State University.

Jamel Brinkley Wins the 2018 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence

Jamel Brinkley Wins the 2018 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence

The award recognizes the outstanding work of rising African-American fiction writers. Brinkley’s book is a collection of nine short stories set in familiar places from his childhood, Brooklyn and the South Bronx. The author is the Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University.

University of Arkansas Names Residence Halls After Its First African American Faculty Members

University of Arkansas Names Residence Halls After Its First African American Faculty Members

Dr. Margaret Clark began her teaching career at the University of Arkansas in 1969 and taught world languages and education. Dr. Gordon Morgan was hired as an assistant professor in the department of sociology in 1969 and eventually worked his way up to the rank of University Professor.

Saint Elmo Brady Honored With a National Historical Chemical Landmark

Saint Elmo Brady Honored With a National Historical Chemical Landmark

Professor Brady was the first African American to earned a Ph.D. in chemistry. He will be honored with plaques at the University of Illinois, where he earned his doctorate, and at schools where he served on the faculty: Fisk University, Tuskegee University, Howard University, and Tougaloo College.

Two African American Women Honored With Notable Awards

Two African American Women Honored With Notable Awards

Berenecea J. Eanes, vice president for student affairs at California State University, Fullerton, was honored by NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and Talitha M. Washington, associate professor of mathematics at Howard University won the Black Engineer of the Year STEM Innovator Award.

A Trio of African Americans Who Have Been Selected to Receive Prestigious Honors

A Trio of African Americans Who Have Been Selected to Receive Prestigious Honors

The honorees are Mercy Mumba of the College of Nursing at the University of Alabama, Paulette Brown Bracey, professor of library science at North Carolina Central University, and LaDelle Olion, professor of special education at Fayetteville State Univeraity in North Carolina.

Natasha Trethewey Elected Chancellor of the American Academy of Poets

Natasha Trethewey Elected Chancellor of the American Academy of Poets

Natasha Trethewey, the Board of Trustees Professor of English at Northwestern University, has been named one of two new chancellors of the American Academy of Poets. Since it was formed in 1946, only 115 poets have been elected to the academy.

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Revokes Honor for Professor Angela Davis

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Revokes Honor for Professor Angela Davis

In September of 2018, the ‪Birmingham Civil Rights Institute selected Angela Davis to receive the Fred Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award at its annual gala in February. That decision has now been changed and the event has been cancelled. Dr. Davis believes her support of Palestinian rights prompted the decision.

Lucile Adams-Campbell Honored as a 2018 Washingtonian of the Year

Lucile Adams-Campbell Honored as a 2018 Washingtonian of the Year

Lucile Adams-Campbell is a professor of oncology, associate director for minority health and health disparities research at the Georgetown University Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. She was the first African American women to earn a Ph.D. in epidemiology.

Drew Lanham Wins Prize for Environmental Leadership From the National Audubon Society

Drew Lanham Wins Prize for Environmental Leadership From the National Audubon Society

J. Drew Lanham, the Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology at Clemson University in South Carolina, will receive this year’s Dan W. Lufkin Prize for Environmental Leadership, which honors individuals who have dedicated their lives to the environment and conservation.

Two African American College Leaders Honored With Notable Awards

Two African American College Leaders Honored With Notable Awards

Paula A. Johnson, president of Wellesley College in Massachusetts has received the 2018 Social Justice Award from Eastern Bank and Phoebe A. Haddon, chancellor at Rutgers University-Camden, has received the 2019 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of American Law Schools.

Emery Brown Wins the 2018 Dickinson Prize in Science From Carnegie Mellon University

Emery Brown Wins the 2018 Dickinson Prize in Science From Carnegie Mellon University

The award recognizes substantial achievements or sustained progress in the fields of natural sciences, engineering, computer science, or mathematics. Dr. Brown is only African American, to be elected to the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Medicine.

Three Black Scholars Presented With Notable Awards

Three Black Scholars Presented With Notable Awards

Donald “DJ” Mitchell, Jr., professor of higher education leadership at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, Gina Athena Ulysse, professor of anthropology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and Kofi Lomotey, the Bardo Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership at Western Carolina University were all recognized for their work.