Number of Blacks Earning Doctorates Reached an All-Time High in 2009
According to the National Science Foundation, in 2009 there were 2,221 African Americans who earned doctoral degrees from U.S. universities. This was the highest number of doctorates awarded to blacks in any single year. African-American doctoral awards increased by a healthy 10.1 percent from 2008 to 2009. Since 2005, black doctoral awards are up by 23.5 percent.
African Americans won 4.5 percent of all doctorates awarded in the United States last year. If we exclude foreign students, we find that African Americans made up 6.9 percent of all U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents who earned doctorates.
Blacks earned 947 Ph.D.s in scientific fields, up from 825 in 2008, an increase of nearly 15 percent. Another 1,274 African Americans earned doctorates in non-scientific fields. Many of these doctorates were in the field of education.
The Department of Animal Science (http://asci.uvm.edu/) at the University of Vermont invites applications for a Tenure-track Faculty Position to begin August 2011.
Food Animal Biotechnology: This is a 9 month, tenure track, research and teaching position. Responsibilities include teaching and advising undergraduate and graduate level courses, and University service. In addition, the appointee will be required to develop a funded, innovative research program in the area of animal/rumen biotechnology to address areas of economic importance and interest to Animal Agriculture. Ideally, the research program should focus towards product differentiation and value added treatment-based strategies tailored towards different market segments, such as: infants (development and growth, disease control, or prevention of adult disease), youths (development and growth, or prevention of adult disease), adults (maintenance of good health), and the elderly (delay senility, reduce osteoporosis). Research focused on dairy cattle is preferred and the appointee will be expected to collaborate with colleagues within and outside the Department of Animal Science to strengthen national and Vermont dairy issues.
Applicants are encouraged to apply before December 6, 2010, at which time review of applications will begin. Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral level degree in Dairy Science, Animal Science, Animal Genetics, Biotechnology, or a closely related field. At least two years postdoctoral experience is required and demonstration of success in attracting extramural funds is preferred.
For further information on the position, contact search committee chair Dr. Feng-Qi Zhao at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All candidates must apply online at www.uvmjobs.com and must attach to that application a curriculum vitae and statements of research interests and teaching philosophy along with three letters of recommendation.
Among the Nation’s Highest-Ranked Liberal Arts Colleges, Bucknell and Washington & Lee Report the Best Black Student Yield
Last week JBHE reported that, according to our annual survey of the nation’s highest-ranked universities, Harvard posted the best black student yield. So-called yield, the percentage of applicants who decide to go to a college that issues an invitation to them, has become the standard measure of an institution’s strength and drawing power.
Among the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, the annual JBHE rankings show Bucknell University and Washington & Lee University with the highest black student yield at 56.4 percent. Colby College in Maine and Wellesley College in Massachusetts were the only other high-ranking liberal arts colleges reporting a black student yield greater than 40 percent.
Two Books on Slavery Share the 2010 Frederick Douglass Book Prize
The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition has announced the winners of the 2010 Frederick Douglass Book Prize. This year the prize will be shared. Judith A. Carney, a professor of geography at UCLA, and Richard Nicholas Rosomoff, an independent writer, were honored for their book, In the Shadow of Slavery: Africa’s Botanical Legacy in the Atlantic World. The other winning entry was Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery by Siddharth Kara of Harvard University.
The three authors will share the $25,000 in prize money.
Carolyn W. Meyers Named President of Jackson State University
The board of trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning in Mississippi has selected Carolyn W. Meyers as the next president of Jackson State University. Dr. Meyers is the former president of Norfolk State University in Virginia. She left Norfolk State in June 2010 after serving four years of a five-year contract. Earlier this year she was a finalist for the presidency of Morgan State University.
Dr. Meyers holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Howard University. She earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Georgia Tech.
Early Childhood/Special Education
Position # 998968
Oakland University has an open tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor position in the Department of Human Development and Child Studies. Qualified candidates should hold a doctorate in Early Childhood Education, Special Education or related field, have university teaching experience, and a record of scholarship. Experience with young children birth to age eight with disabilities and/or at risk is also required. A history of funded research and previous work with doctoral students is highly desirable for the Associate rank. Teaching responsibilities could include courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels and experience with on-line course delivery is preferred.
The effective date of employment is August 15, 2011. Compensation is negotiable and competitive based on education and experience.
The Department of Human Development and Child Studies offers M.Ed. and Ph.D. programs in early childhood, M.Ed. programs in special education, and undergraduate courses in foundations of education. The special education programs include teaching endorsements in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Specific Learning Disability, and Emotional Impairment. An undergraduate major in Early Childhood Education and an Education Specialist in Early Education Intervention are planned for fall 2011 implementation.
This growing department is composed of 15, full-time faculty members and is responsible for the Lowry Early Childhood Center and the Oakland University Center for Autism Research, Education and Support (OUCARES).
Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2011 and continue until the position is filled. Please submit letter of application with a complete resume, official transcripts and three letters of reference to:
Dr. Julie Ricks-Doneen
Chair, Search Committee Department of Human Development and Child Studies
School of Education and Human Services
Rochester, MI 48309-4494
Oakland University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from minorities and women.
Lawsuit Seeks $2 Billion for Maryland’s Four Historically Black Universities
The Coalition for Equity and Excellence in Maryland Higher Education has filed a lawsuit against the Maryland Higher Education Commission. The suit claims that the state has not done enough to end racial segregation at its state universities. The suit is seeking $2 billion in funding to upgrade campus facilities and to enhance educational programs.
Blacks make up about 30 percent of the population in Maryland. But African Americans are only 12 percent of the undergraduate student body at the flagship campus of the University of Maryland at College Park. In contrast, blacks make up 82 percent or more of all students at the four historically black student universities: Bowie State, Morgan State, Coppin State, and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
The plaintiffs include alumni and current students of the state’s four historically black universities. The universities are not party to the lawsuit. The trial, in federal court, is scheduled to begin in June 2011.
Fisk University Placed on Warning Status by Accrediting Board
Fisk University, the highly regarded historically black educational institution in Nashville, has been placed on warning status by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The accrediting body stated that Fisk was not in compliance with its standards on financial stability. Fisk must submit a report within six months demonstrating that it has a plan to deal with its financial problems.
Fisk hopes to be able to sell a share of its vast art collection to raise the money necessary to shore up its financial situation. But the plan to sell the art has been tied up in the courts for several years.
Race Relations on Campus Database
Periodically, JBHE Weekly Bulletin will publish a selection of racial incidents that have occurred on the campuses of colleges and universities. Here are the latest incidents:
• Two white male students at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, wore tennis skirts and dressed in blackface to impersonate Serena and Venus Williams for a campus costume party. In a message to the campus community, the vice provost for student affairs stated that the students were unaware of the historical context of their actions. (Easton Express-Times, 5-17-10)
• An interracial couple attending a football game at Pennsylvania State University were verbally abused by other fans in the grandstand. The couple, who wore the colors of the opposing team, were subjected to racial taunts including the word “nigger.” (York Dispatch, 11-23-10)
• A poster was displayed at West Chester University in Pennsylvania announcing the meeting of a support group for white students who “feel underrepresented on campus.” The administration determined that there was no white student groups and that the poster was meant solely to spark a discussion of racial issues on the university campus. (Philadelphia Inquirer, 12-2-10)
Assistant Professor of Business
Alverno College, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is a private liberal arts college with an internationally acclaimed ability-based program and diverse student body. Our low instructor-to-student ratio and collaborative faculty contribute to a positive learning environment. We provide students with real-life, hands-on experiences in the classroom, in study-abroad opportunities and in professional internships related to their major.
The School of Business has a full-time opportunity available beginning August 2011. The position is on track for continuous appointment and is eligible for promotion in rank.
The successful candidate must be able to teach undergraduate courses in economics and one of the following areas: quantitative methods, accounting, finance. Will also teach an MBA course in business processes and value chain, including supplier, operations and customer management processes. Additional responsibilities include curriculum development (both within School and cross-disciplinary), School and College service, advising students, and broader professional activities.
Prior college teaching experience and professional experience in a business environment are preferred. The successful candidate should have a commitment to teaching excellence and a willingness to work in a highly collaborative environment. Master's degree required. PhD or ABD is preferred.
For consideration, please submit a cover letter briefly outlining your specific areas of teaching interest and describing how your education, experience, and personal and professional goals result in you seeking a fulltime teaching position at Alverno College, your curriculum vita, a one-page statement of your educational philosophy, and a list of three professional references.
Application deadline is January 17, 2011. Selection process will begin in early February 2011.
Alverno College is an equal opportunity employer and committed to workplace diversity.
Honors and Awards
• Eddie Ellis, director of bands at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, received the Dr. G. Johnson Hubert and Cleophus Johnson Award for Distinguished Achievement in Music.
Ellis is a graduate of Morris Brown College in Atlanta. He holds a master’s degree in music education from Georgia State University.
• CBS News is providing funds to establish an endowed professorship at the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication at historically black Florida A&M University. The chair will honor the late Harold Dow, who served as a correspondent for the CBS News program 48 Hours.
• Tolor E. White, vice president for finance at Southern University in Baton Rouge, was given an honorary doctorate in business. White has been a faculty member and administrator at Southern University for the past 53 years.
White is a graduate of Southern University and holds a master’s degree in accounting from Louisiana State University.
• Alvin F. Poussaint, professor of psychiatry and associate faculty dean for student affairs at Harvard Medical School, received the 2010 Herbert W. Nickens Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges. The award is given to individuals who have made significant contributions to promote justice in medical education.
• Monica L. Miller, associate professor of English at Barnard College in New York City, is the recipient of the William Sanders Scarborough Award from the Modern Language Association. Professor Sanders was honored for her book Slaves to Fashion: Black Dandyism and the Styling of Black Diasporic Identity.
Professor Miller is a graduate of Dartmouth College and holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University.
• Wash A. Jones, assistant professor of agriculture, nutrition, and human ecology at Prairie View A&M University in Texas, received the Honorary American Degree from the National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America.
Among Caribbean Nations, Jamaica Sends the Most Students to U.S. Colleges and Universities
Last week JBHE reported that the annual report of the Institute of International Education found that there were 37,062 students from Africa at U.S. colleges and universities in the 2009-10 academic year. But not all foreign black students are from the African continent. In the 2009-10 academic year there were more than 13,000 students from Caribbean nations attending colleges and universities in the United States. In all probability, many of these students are black.
Jamaica sent 3,530 students to U.S. colleges and universities in the 2009-10 academic year, the most of any Caribbean nation. Trinidad and Tobago ranked second with 2,402 students in the United States. Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and the Bahamas each sent more than 1,000 students to higher educational institutions in the U.S.
Two African Americans Named Mitchell Scholars
The Mitchell Scholars program is a national competitive fellowship sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance. The Mitchell Scholars program, named to honor former U.S. Senator George Mitchell who helped negotiate an end to the violence and political turmoil in Northern Ireland, provides tuition to an Irish university, plus housing and living expenses and an international travel stipend. Up to 12 scholars are chosen each year. This year, two of the 12 Mitchell Scholars are black.
Ivanley Noisette is a graduate of Villanova University, where he majored in political science and was the editor of The Culture Magazine. He is currently completing a master of public service degree at the William J. Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas. He has spent considerable time and effort in Haitian relief efforts. He will study law at the University of Ulster.
Anise Vance is a senior at Dartmouth College, majoring in geography. He is the son of an Iranian mother and an African-American father. He spent last summer researching residential segregation patterns in Hartford, Connecticut. He will study human geography at Queen’s University in Belfast.
The Department of Animal Science at the University of Vermont invites applications for a Tenure-track Faculty Position to begin August 2011.
Animal Genetics/Genomics: This is a 9 month, tenure track, research and teaching position. Responsibilities include teaching an introductory animal genetics course (focusing on ruminant and monogastric livestock animals), contributing to upper or graduate level courses, and advising undergraduate and graduate students. University service is also expected. In addition, the appointee will be required to develop a funded, innovative research program that will focus on host animal genetics and biochemical processes influencing desirable production traits in livestock and/or environmentally sustainable food production systems. This integral process will ultimately lead to the development of healthier and more nutritious foods, while establishing breeding lines of highly productive, but low methane emitting dairy and beef cattle. Moreover, this individual will be part of a large multidisciplinary team that will contribute new knowledge to better understand and combat obesity in humans where there is a direct link between intestinal microbial ecology and the diversion of calories towards fat production. Research focused on dairy cattle is preferred and the appointee will be expected to collaborate with colleagues within and outside the Department of Animal Science to strengthen national and Vermont dairy issues. Research programs should incorporate the use of Genetics, Genomics, Proteomics, and, or Metabolomics.
For further information on the position, contact search committee chair Dr. David Kerr at email@example.com.
Applicants are encouraged to apply before December 6, 2010, at which time review of applications will begin. Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral level degree in Dairy Science, Animal Science, Animal Genetics, Molecular Genetics, Functional Genomics, or a closely related field. At least two years postdoctoral experience is required and demonstration of success in attracting extramural funds is preferred.
Texas Southern University Adds an Academic Partner: Students Can Earn Bachelor’s and Chiropractic Degrees in Six Years
Texas Southern University, the historically black educational institution in Houston, has entered into an academic partnership with the Texas Chiropractic College. Under the agreement the two schools will establish a six-year program in which students will earn a bachelor’s degree at Texas Southern and a doctor of chiropractic degree from TCC. Students will spend three years at each educational institution.
Study Finds That Black Teens Who Do Well in School Often Pay the Price in Lower Social Acceptance
New research by Thomas Fuller-Rowell, a developmental psychologist at the University of Michigan, and Stacey N. Doan, an assistant professor of psychology at Boston University, has found that black teenagers are more likely than white teens to suffer socially because of success in school.
The researchers asked more than 13,000 teenagers if they felt accepted, were lonely, or believed that peers had been unfriendly to them or disliked them. The authors then analyzed these responses in relation to the grade point averages of the respondents. The results, published in the journal Child Development, found that, after controlling for differences in family, school, and socioeconomic status, black teens were more likely than their white peers to suffer from what the authors call the “nerd penalty.”
When Black High School Students Fear For Their Safety, Preparing For College is Not Their Priority
It is obvious that when one’s personal safety is in question, it is difficult to concentrate on academic matters. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of black students in the nation’s public schools must constantly look over their shoulder rather than look down at their textbooks or up at their teachers in front of the classroom.
Consider the following statistics in a report from the Education Department and the Bureau of Justice Statistics entitled, Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2010:
• In 2008, 259,700 black students ages 12 to 18 were victimized by crime while at school. More than 142,000 black students at secondary schools were victims of violent crime. Of these, 28,000 black students were the victims of serious violent crimes such as rape, sexual assault, or robbery. Blacks were more than three times as likely as whites to be victims of serious violent crimes while at school.
• More than 37 percent of black students ages 12 to 18 in 2007 reported that there were gangs in their school. For whites, the figure was 16 percent.
• More than 33 percent of black students ages 12 to 18 in 2007 said they had seen hate-related graffiti at their school.
• In 2009 more than 17 percent of black high school students reported having been involved in a physical fight while on school grounds. This is double the rate for whites. Nearly 41 percent of black high school students reported being involved in a physical fight either at school or off campus.
• In 2007, 8.6 percent of black students ages 12 to 18 were afraid of being attacked or harmed at school. This was more than double the rate for white students.
For black students preparing for college in our nation’s high schools, it’s tough to hit the books when they are worried about getting hit.
To download the new report on school safety, click here.
MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Nuclear Science and Engineering Deptartment
The MIT Nuclear Science and Engineering Department invites applications for tenure track positions at the Assistant Professor level. In special cases, a more senior appointment might be possible.
The Department is a world leader in the application and engineering of nuclear and radiation systems. Its faculty teaches and conducts research in a broad range of areas from fundamental nuclear science to practical applications of nuclear technology in energy, health care, security and other industries. The Department's current activities encompass modeling, simulation and experimental efforts in fission reactor technology, nuclear fuel cycle, plasma physics and fusion technology, materials for radiation environments, and radiation generation, transport and detection associated with biological, medical and information systems.
Applicants must have a doctorate in a relevant engineering or physical sciences field by the beginning of the appointment period and have demonstrated excellence in research and scholarship in a relevant technical field. A commitment to excel in teaching in one of the subfields of nuclear science and engineering is essential. Faculty duties include teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels, research, and supervision of graduate students. The Department is searching broadly and outstanding candidates working in any branch of nuclear science and engineering will be given serious consideration. Expertise relevant to nuclear energy and national security will be given special attention.
To apply, submit a curriculum vitae, description of research interests, and three letters of reference online at http://nse-jr-search.mit.edu for consideration.
Applications received before January 31st, 2011, will be given priority.
MIT is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
Margaret Taylor Burroughs (1915-2010)
Margaret T. Burroughs, an artist, poet, educator, and co-founder of the DuSable Museum of African-American History in Chicago, died late last month in Chicago. She was 95 years old.
Burroughs was born in Louisiana, but at a young age moved to Chicago with her family. She studied at what is now Chicago State University before earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Burroughs taught in the Chicago public school system for 20 years. In 1961 she and her husband Charles Burroughs founded the Ebony Museum of Negro History and Art in their home. In 1968 the museum was renamed to honor Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, the first black settler of Chicago. In the early 1970s the museum moved to a city-owned building near the campus of the University of Chicago.
Burroughs taught at Elmhurst College and for a decade was a professor of humanities at Kennedy-King College.
Appointments, Promotions, and Resignations
• Joseph F. Johnson was appointed senior vice president at Virginia Union University in Richmond. He was senior professor of educational leadership at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina.
Dr. Johnson is a graduate of Fayetteville State University. He holds a master’s degree from Virginia State University and an educational doctorate from Virginia Tech.
• Martin Philbert was named dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. He has been serving as senior associate dean for research and professor of toxicology at the school.
Dr. Philbert is a graduate of Cambridge University and the London University Royal Postgraduate Medical School.
• Ruth Okediji, William L. Prosser Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota, was appointed to the committee of the National Academies that will make recommendations on copyright policy in the digital age.
Professor Okediji is a graduate of the University of Jos in Nigeria and the Harvard Law School.
• Darryl Scriven, professor of philosophy at Tuskegee University, has been recently appointed to serve as associate director of education for the Tuskegee University National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care.
Dr. Scriven is a graduate of Florida A&M University and holds master’s and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy from Purdue University.
• Roberta M. Troy was appointed the founding director of the Health Disparities Institute for Research and Education at Tuskegee University in Alabama. She has been serving as interim provost at the university.
Dr. Troy holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from Tuskegee and a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Florida.
• Duncan M. Chembezi, professor of agribusiness and director of the Small Farms Research Center at Alabama A&M University, was elected vice president of the Missouri Valley Economic Association. After a one-year term as vice president, he will serve a two-year term as director of the association.
Dr. Chembezi holds a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri.
Grants and Gifts
• The University of Virginia received a $254,600 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to preserve and digitize films from the civil rights era that were produced by WSLS-TV in Roanoke. The 16-millimeter film archive contains nearly 12,500 news clips made from 1951 to 1971.
• The Odessa Chambliss Wellness Center on the campus of historically black Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida, received a $100,000 grant from the board of governors of the state university system of Florida. The grant will fund a program to train community health workers for anti-obesity efforts in three Florida counties.
• Virginia State University, the historically black educational institution in Petersburg, received a $449,956 grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for programs to increase the number of minority students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines.
• The Missouri University of Science and Technology received a $115,000 grant from the Department of Defense and the National Security Agency to develop an undergraduate program in information assurance or cyber-security for students at the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, a historically black educational institution.
• The United Negro College Fund received a $500,000 donation from the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation for a scholarship program aimed at seniors at the UNCF’s 39-member institutions.
• The Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta received a $13.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to establish the medical school’s database of genetic information to fight racial disparities in healthcare.
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