Derrick Alridge was named director of the Institute for African-American Studies in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Georgia. Alridge is an associate professor of lifelong education, administration and policy at the university. Alridge holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Winthrop University. He earned his doctorate at Penn State. He has been on the University of Georgia faculty since 1997.

Amelia Ross-Hammond was appointed to a seat on the Virginia Council on the Status of Women. She is a professor of music and the coordinator of the service learning and civic engagement program at Norfolk State University.

Jessica B. Harris, a professor of English at Queens College of the City University of New York, is spending the current semester as the Ray Charles Endowed Professor of African-American Material Culture at Dillard University. The chair was established with a $1 million donation from the estate of the late soul singer.

Francoise Nicole Hamlin was appointed assistant professor of Africana studies at Brown University. She is a graduate of the University of Essex in England and holds a master’s degree from the University of London and a Ph.D. in African-American and American studies from Yale University. Dr. Hamlin is currently on sabbatical and will begin teaching at Brown in the fall of 2008.

Jeffrey D. Carr Sr. was named associate vice president for student development at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California. He was a faculty member in the School of Education at National University. Dr. Carr is a graduate of Mississippi College. He holds a master’s degree from Loyola Marymount University and an educational doctorate from the University of San Francisco.

King Davis has announced that he will step down as executive director of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health at the University of Texas. He will return to his position as Robert Lee Sutherland Endowed Professor in Mental Health and Social Policy in the School of Social Work at the University of Texas.

King holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from California State University at Fresno and a Ph.D. in social policy and management from Brandeis University.