Seven African American Scholars in New Teaching Posts

OverstreetNicole Overstreet is a new assistant professor of psychology at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS.

Dr. Overstreet is a graduate of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She earned a Ph.D. in social psychology at the University of Connecticut.

Rodney RidleyRodney Ridley Sr. was appointed the Allan P. Kirby Distinguished Professor of Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He will also serve as director of the Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. Dr. Ridley had been serving as the director of the Division of Engineering and Physics at the university.

Dr. Ridley joined the faculty at Wilkes University in 2009. He is a graduate of The Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and holds a Ph.D. in engineering science and mechanics from Pennsylvania State University.

danielleevansDanielle Evans will join the faculty of the department of English at the University of Wisconsin for the spring 2015 semester. She will be teaching graduate and undergraduate fiction workshops and an advanced fiction class. She has been teaching creative writing at American University in Washington, D.C. Evans is the author of the short story collection Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self (Riverhead, 2010) and is currently at work on her first novel.

Evans is a graduate of Columbia University in New York City and earned a master of fine arts degree in creative writing at the University of Iowa.

BarbaraGuthrieBarbara Guthrie was appointed professor and director of the College of Health Sciences in the School of Nursing at Northeastern University in Boston. She is the former Independence Foundation Professor of Nursing at Yale University.

Dr. Guthrie is a graduate of Boston University. She holds a master’s degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and a doctorate in nursing from New York University.

ellisPrince Ellis was named assistant professor of economics and finance at Clermont College of the University of Cincinnati in Batavia, Ohio. He was a program director and instructor in information technology and business at Brown Mackie College in Cincinnati.

Dr. Ellis holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in information systems from Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights. He earned a doctorate in business administration from Argosy University.

franklinA. Todd Franklin was designated the Sidney Wertimer Professor of Philosophy for Excellence and Mentoring at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. Professor Franklin has served on the faculty at Hamilton College since 1997.

Professor Franklin holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University. He is the co-editor of Critical Affinities: Nietzsche and African American Thought (State University of New York Press, 2006).

Keleonnny Leon was appointed to the Denzel Washington Endowed Chair in Theatre at Fordham University in New York. He won a Tony Award in 2014 for directing A Raisin in the Sun on Broadway. He has directed eight Broadway plays.

Leon served for 12 years as the artistic director of the Alliance Theatre Company in Atlanta.


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