Archive for July, 2012

African Americans Named Dean at Connecticut College and University of Maryland Eastern Shore

African Americans Named Dean at Connecticut College and University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Carolyn Denard was named dean at Connecticut College and Ray J. Davis was appointed dean of the School of Arts and Professions at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Research Finds Black Youth in Public Housing Are More Likely to Take Up Smoking

Research Finds Black Youth in Public Housing Are More Likely to Take Up Smoking

Research has found that African American youths who live in public housing projects are 2.3 times more likely to take up smoking than other African American adolescents.

University Research Finds Behavioral Problems of Multiracial Youth May Be Exaggerated

University Research Finds Behavioral Problems of Multiracial Youth May Be Exaggerated

It has been widely believed that multiracial adolescents have more behavioral problems than African Americans and Whites because they are not accepted as peers by either ethnic group.

Honors for Two Black Scholars

Honors for Two Black Scholars

Tonea Stewart of Alabama State University and Babatunde Ogunnaike of the University of Delaware receive prestigious honors.

In 2011, Blacks Earned 9.9 Percent of All Degrees Awarded by Four-Year Institutions

In 2011, Blacks Earned 9.9 Percent of All Degrees Awarded by Four-Year Institutions

The data showed that Blacks earned 286,597 degrees at four-year institutions during the 2010-2011 academic year. This was slightly less than 10 percent of all degrees awarded.

Seven African Americans Appointed to New Posts in Higher Education

Seven African Americans Appointed to New Posts in Higher Education

Harriet Davis, Pamela White, Shawn McShay, Kawachi Clemons, Will Sutton, James Spencer, and Emily London-Jones will be taking on new duties.

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

From time to time, The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week’s selections.

Recent Books That May Be of Interest to African American Scholars

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education regularly publishes a list of new books that may be of interest to our readers. Here are the latest selections.

Larry Robinson to Lead Florida A&M University

Larry Robinson to Lead Florida A&M University

Since March, Dr. Robinson has been provost and vice president for academic affairs. He is the former assistant secretary for conservation and management at the U.S. Commerce Department.

Bobby Watson to Direct New Bachelor's Degree Program in Jazz Studies at UMKC

Bobby Watson to Direct New Bachelor’s Degree Program in Jazz Studies at UMKC

The Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri at Kansas City will offer the first degree program in jazz in the state university system.

New Book Explores the Impact of Early Photography on African Americans

New Book Explores the Impact of Early Photography on African Americans

Co-editor Maurice Wallace of Duke states that “early photography helped the U.S. visualize the possibility of African-Americans as proper and fully engaged citizens in our democracy.”

Survey Finds Declining Percentage of Minority Presidents at Independent Colleges

Survey Finds Declining Percentage of Minority Presidents at Independent Colleges

The Council of Independent Colleges, representing 640 educational institutions, found that the percentage of minority presidents at member institutions dropped from 8 percent in 2006 to 6 percent in 2011.

New Research Center on Urban Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

New Research Center on Urban Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

The new center will be under the direction of Alfonzo Thurmond, a professor of administrative leadership and former dean of the School of Education.

The Significant Progress of Young African Americans in Degree Attainments

The Significant Progress of Young African Americans in Degree Attainments

In 1980, less than one third of all Blacks, ages 25 to 29, had some college experience. Today, nearly 55 percent of African Americans in that age group have attended college.

Cheryl Renee Gooch Named Dean at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania

Cheryl Renee Gooch Named Dean at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania

She was dean of the School of Humanities and Fine Arts and professor of media studies at Gainesville State College in Georgia.

Stephen Mayo Appointed to CalTech's First Division Chair

Stephen Mayo Appointed to CalTech’s First Division Chair

Unlike a typical endowed professorship which pays for a faculty member’s salary, the division chair will fund research projects at the discretion of Professor Mayo and his successors in the chair.

Creighton University Professor Is the Inaugural Recipient of the Louis Sullivan Leadership Award

Creighton University Professor Is the Inaugural Recipient of the Louis Sullivan Leadership Award

Sade Kosoko-Lasaki, an ophthalmologist and surgeon, was honored by the American Association of Physician Specialists.

New Chief Diversity Officer at Buffalo State

New Chief Diversity Officer at Buffalo State

Karen A. Clinton Jones was the executive director for equity and access at Virginia Tech.

How HBCUs Contributed to the 1940s War Effort

How HBCUs Contributed to the 1940s War Effort

A U.S. government video from the 1940s describes how several historically Black colleges and universities were contributing to the war effort.

Florida A&M University Divides Its College of Arts and Sciences

Florida A&M University Divides Its College of Arts and Sciences

Maurice Edington was named interim dean of the College of Science and Technology and Valencia Matthews was appointed interim dean of College of Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities.

Hayward Farrar Jr. Appointed to Named Chair at Virginia Tech

Hayward Farrar Jr. Appointed to Named Chair at Virginia Tech

A member of the faculty at Virginia Tech since 1992, he has been serving as an associate professor of history in the College of Liberal Arts.

Alabama State University to Offer New Accelerated Bachelor's Degree Program in Psychology

Alabama State University to Offer New Accelerated Bachelor’s Degree Program in Psychology

Students at Bishop State Community College in Mobile, Wallace State Community College in Selma, and Jefferson Davis State Community College in Brewton will be eligible to enroll.

USDA and the EPA Agree to Help Strengthen HBCUs Over the Next Five Years

USDA and the EPA Agree to Help Strengthen HBCUs Over the Next Five Years

Gilbert Rochon, chair of the Council of 1890 Universities, has signed an agreement with the USDA and the EPA to strengthen member universities over the next five years.

Students at HBCU Develop Product That Uses Heat From a Human Hand to Charge a Cellphone

Students at HBCU Develop Product That Uses Heat From a Human Hand to Charge a Cellphone

The technology could also be used on other devices such as laptop and tablet computers and music players. The coating could also be applied to automobiles to boost fuel efficiency.

A Large Racial Gap Persists in Faculty Posts in American Higher Education

A Large Racial Gap Persists in Faculty Posts in American Higher Education

The racial gap is especially pronounced at the full professor level where only 3.4 percent of all posts are held by Blacks.

Johns Hopkins University Study Finds Huge Racial Gap in Living Donor Kidney Transplants

Johns Hopkins University Study Finds Huge Racial Gap in Living Donor Kidney Transplants

One third of all people awaiting kidney transplants in the U.S. are African Americans. But in 2011, only 14 percent of patients receiving new kidneys from living donors were African Americans.

More Than 4.2 Million Blacks Enrolled in U.S. Higher Education Programs

More Than 4.2 Million Blacks Enrolled in U.S. Higher Education Programs

During the 2010-11 academic year, there were 29.5 million students enrolled at Title IV institutions. Of these, 4,217,140, or 14.3 percent, were Black.

Five African Americans Appointed to New Posts in Academia

Five African Americans Appointed to New Posts in Academia

Michael Leo Owens, Karissa A. Moore, Terrance J. Tumey, Maurice Cox, and Kennard Brown are taking on new duties.

Two Black Women Academics Honored With Prestigious Awards

Two Black Women Academics Honored With Prestigious Awards

Valorie McAlpin of the University of North Carolina Charlotte and Margaret Young of Elizabeth City State University are the honorees.

James Ammons Leaving Presidency of Florida A&M University

James Ammons Leaving Presidency of Florida A&M University

The letter of resignation came the same day that a lawsuit was filed against the university by the parents of drum major Robert Champion who authorities say died as a result of a hazing incident last November.

In Memoriam: Leontine T.C. Kelly, 1920-2012

In Memoriam: Leontine T.C. Kelly, 1920-2012

An educator and social activist, she was the first Black woman bishop in a mainstream Christian denomination.

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

From time to time, The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week’s selections.

Recent Books That May Be of Interest to African American Scholars

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education regularly publishes a list of new books that may be of interest to our readers. Here are the latest selections.

In Memoriam: John W. Porter, 1931-2012

In Memoriam: John W. Porter, 1931-2012

In 1979 he was selected as the 17th president of Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti and served in that post for a decade.

Jackson State Freshmen to Receive Free iPads

Jackson State Freshmen to Receive Free iPads

The Apple devices will be integrated into the first-year curriculum and will save students money by allowing them to purchase electronic textbooks.

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African-Americans

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African-Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.