Four African American Academics Win Awards

Erica Lorraine Williams, assistant professor of anthropology at Spelman College in Atlanta, received the First Book Prize from the National Women’s Studies Association and the University of Illinois Press.

Dr. Williams book, Ambiguous Entanglements: Sex, Race, and Tourism in Bahia, will be published by the University of Illinois Press. The book is based on her Ph.D. dissertation in anthropology at Stanford University.

Brenda Y. Cartwright, associate professor of kinesiology at the University of Hawaii, won the 2011 Faculty Diversity Award from the university’s Commission on Diversity. Dr. Cartwright was honored for her efforts to obtain a multi-year federal grant to support students in the rehabilitation counseling program.

Dr. Cartwright is a graduate of McDaniel College in Maryland. She earned a master’s degree from the University of Michigan and a doctorate in rehabilitation counseling leadership from George Washington University.

Donald R. Andrews, dean of the College of Business at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, received the Charles I. Hudson Visionary Award from the Louisiana Black Caucus and the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus Foundation. He was honored for his efforts to promote the development of small businesses in Louisiana.

Dr. Andrews is a graduate of Southern University. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Texas A&M University.

James L. Hill, professor of English and chair of the department of English, modern languages, and mass communication at Albany State University in Georgia, is the recipient of the Advancement of People of Color Leadership Award from the National Council of Teachers of English. Professor Hill is the fourth recipient and second African American to be honored with the award.


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