Four African American Scholars in New Faculty Roles

MarlonJamesMarlon James was promoted to associate professor of English and granted tenure at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. A native of Jamaica, he joined the Macalester faculty in 2007. His latest novel is A Brief History of Seven Killings (Riverhead, 2014).

James is a graduate of the University of the West Indies. He holds a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

Lakami BakerLakami Baker was promoted to associate professor of management at Auburn University. According to the Ph.D. Project, Dr. Baker is one of only 184 Black women teaching management at U.S. business schools.

Dr. Baker is a graduate of Prairie View A&M University in Texas. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Texas and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

april-baptisteApril Baptiste has been promoted to associate professor of environmental studies at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. She was also granted tenure. Dr. Baptiste joined the Colgate faculty in 2009.

Dr. Baptiste is a native of Trinidad and Tobago. She is a graduate of the University of the West Indies and holds a Ph.D. from the College of Environmental Science and Forestry of the State University of New York.

Sean Joe ProfileSean Joe was appointed the Benjamin E. Youngdahl Professor of Social Development in the School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. He joined the faculty at the university in 2014 after teaching at the University of Michigan. Professor Joe is an authority on suicide behavior among African Americans.

Professor Joe holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.

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