Sherman Wooden, director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania, has announced his retirement. He has been at the university for 19 years. He will continue his work as director of the Center for Anti-Slavery Studies in Montrose, Pennsylvania, an organization that conducts research on abolitionists and the Underground Railroad in northeastern Pennsylvania.

• Shannon Márquez was appointed associate dean for academic affairs and associate professor of public health in the Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. She is a member of the Philadelphia Board of Health and previously was an associate professor of public health at Temple University.

Dr. Márquez is a graduate of Prairie View A&M University in Texas. She holds a master’s degree in environmental engineering from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. in environmental health sciences and engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

• Michele M. Moody was named dean of the college at Columbia University in New York City. Her appointment is effective on July 1. She currently serves as the Hutchinson Professor of Philosophy and vice provost for undergraduate education at Cornell University. She is also director of the Program on Ethics and Public Life at Cornell.

Dr. Moody is a graduate of Wellesley College. She received a second bachelor’s degree at Oxford University before earning her master’s degree and Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard University.

• James Shade III was promoted to assistant professor of English at Xavier University in New Orleans. He teaches courses in screenwriting and playwrighting.

A graduate of Xavier University, Shade holds a master of fine arts degree from the University of New Orleans.

• Thomas S. Sayles was appointed vice president for government and community relations at the University of Southern California. He was senior vice president for government affairs and corporate communications for Rentech Inc. in Los Angeles.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University, Sayles holds a law degree from Harvard Law School.