Anita Hill, professor of law, social policy, and women’s studies at Brandeis University, is spending the current academic year as a Newhouse Scholar on the campus of Wellesley College. Professor Hill will spend the time analyzing the more than 25,000 letters and other correspondence she received regarding her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee during the hearings on the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Craig Barton, an associate professor of architecture at the University of Virginia, was appointed to a three-year term as chair of the university’s department of architecture and landscape architecture.

Professor Barton is a graduate of Brown University and holds a master of architecture degree from Columbia University.

Yule Caise is the first recipient of the NAACP/NBC Fellowship in Screenwriting at the School of Theater, Film, and Television at the University of California at Los Angeles. The $20,000 fellowship will be awarded annually to a graduate student in screenwriting. The fellow will participate in internships at both NBC and the Hollywood chapter of the NAACP.

Lester C. Newman Jr., former president of Mississippi Valley State University, was hired as a consultant to the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning. Dr. Newman will be asked to examine and make recommendations for increasing African-American male enrollment in Mississippi’s public universities.

Newman, who resigned as president of Mississippi Valley State this past July, had three years remaining on a four-year employment contract. He had faced calls for his resignation from both faculty and alumni groups before deciding to leave his post.

Mary Hatwood Futrell, dean of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development and professor of educational leadership at George Washington University, was named to the board of visitors of historically black Virginia State University.

Denise Francois-Seeney was named assistant dean of the Monroe County campus of Northampton Community College in Tannersville, Pennsylvania. She has been on the college’s faculty since 2002.

Francois-Seeney is a graduate of Boston College and holds a master’s degree in political science from Villanova University. She is currently in the Ph.D. program at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Sandra E. Greene, professor of history at Cornell University, was named the 2007-08 John Hope Franklin Senior Fellow at the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Professor Greene will spend the academic year working on her project entitled Fragments: Memories of Enslavement From Ghana.

Professor Greene has been on the Cornell University faculty since 1992. She is a graduate of Kalamazoo College and holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in African history from Northwestern University.