Archive for April, 2015

Five Black Scholars Elected Fellows of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Five Black Scholars Elected Fellows of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Through an analysis of the list of new fellows conducted by JBHE, it appears that eight of the new members of the AAAS are Black. Five of the eight have current ties to the academic world.

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.

Sjohnna McCray Wins the 2015 Walt Whitman Award

Sjohnna McCray Wins the 2015 Walt Whitman Award

The adjunct instructor in the department of English at Savannah State University in Georgia is being honored by the Academy of American Poets.

Home of Civil Rights Pioneer Pauli Murray Designated a "National Treasure"

Home of Civil Rights Pioneer Pauli Murray Designated a “National Treasure”

In 1938, Pauli Murray mounted an unsuccessful legal effort to gain admission to the all-white University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

In Memoriam: Jesse Thomas Moore Jr., 1933-2015

In Memoriam: Jesse Thomas Moore Jr., 1933-2015

Dr. Moore joined the department of history at the University of Rochester in 1970. He later served as associate dean. Professor Moore served as Grand Marshall at many of the university’s ceremonial events.

Cornell Partners With a University in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Cornell Partners With a University in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Cornell and Eben-Ezer University of Minembwe will offer two courses beginning this fall that will be available on both campuses through video links.

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.

University of California, Riverside Honors the Tuskegee Airmen

University of California, Riverside Honors the Tuskegee Airmen

The library at the University of California, Riverside has been collecting historical materials about the Tuskegee Airmen since 2005 with a focus on the personal archives of three Tuskegee Airmen from California.

University of Maryland Building a Monument to Frederick Douglass

University of Maryland Building a Monument to Frederick Douglass

The new Frederick Douglass Square will feature quotations from Douglass displayed on a steel wall.

Yale Medical School Scholar Named to State Mental Health Post

Yale Medical School Scholar Named to State Mental Health Post

Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Yale Medical School, has been appointed commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

In Memoriam: Clarence H. Fielder, 1927-2015

In Memoriam: Clarence H. Fielder, 1927-2015

Clarence Fielder taught in the Las Cruces, New Mexico, public schools for 32 years and taught African American history at New Mexico State University from 1970 to 2010.

Recent Books That May Be of Interest to African American Scholars

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.

UCLA Faculty Agree to Institute a Required Course on Diversity

UCLA Faculty Agree to Institute a Required Course on Diversity

Beginning this fall, all incoming first-year students in the College of Letters and Science will be required to pass a diversity-related course with a letter grade of C or better in order to graduate.

Dorothy Cowser Yancy Honored by Johnson C. Smith University

Dorothy Cowser Yancy Honored by Johnson C. Smith University

Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina, has paid tribute to its president emerita Dorothy Cowser Yancy by naming the new Information and Technology Hall in her honor.

African Americans in the 2015 Class of Truman Scholars

African Americans in the 2015 Class of Truman Scholars

This year, 58 Truman scholars were selected from 688 candidates nominated by 297 colleges and universities. Of this year’s 58 Truman Scholars, it appears that 11, or 19 percent, are African Americans.

New Study on the Marriage Prospects of Educated Black Women

New Study on the Marriage Prospects of Educated Black Women

New research from the Brookings Institution shows that only 8 percent of Black women in 2012 married a man with a higher level of education. Nearly 60 percent of Black women who married in 2012 wed a man with a lower level of education.

Jason Wingard Named Dean of Continuing Education at Columbia University

Jason Wingard Named Dean of Continuing Education at Columbia University

Currently, Dr. Wingard is the chief learning officer at Goldman Sachs, the Wall Street investment firm. Earlier, he was vice dean of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he led the executive education program.

Among Recent High School Graduates, Blacks Are More Likely Than Whites to Enroll in College

Among Recent High School Graduates, Blacks Are More Likely Than Whites to Enroll in College

Nearly 71 percent of 2014 Black high school graduates had enrolled in college by October compared to 67.3 percent of Whites. For those new high school graduates in college, the Black unemployment rate was nearly triple the White rate.

Palm Beach State College Names Its Next President

Palm Beach State College Names Its Next President

Ava L. Parker is executive vice president and chief operating officer at Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland. Earlier, Parker served for 10 years as chair of the Board of Governors of the State University System in Florida.

Stanford Study Examines the Reasons Behind Racial Disparities in School Discipline

Stanford Study Examines the Reasons Behind Racial Disparities in School Discipline

In controlled experiments, the researchers found that the stereotype of black students as “troublemakers” led teachers to want to discipline Black students more harshly than White students.

The Next Provost at Drexel University in Philadelphia

The Next Provost at Drexel University in Philadelphia

M. Brian Blake is vice provost for academic affairs and dean of the Graduate School at the University of Miami in Florida. He will become provost at Drexel University on August 1.

New Educational Doctoral Program Getting Underway at Xavier University

New Educational Doctoral Program Getting Underway at Xavier University

The new program, which recently received approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, will focus on urban education and school turnaround strategies and methods.

Two Black Women Appointed to Named Faculty Positions

Two Black Women Appointed to Named Faculty Positions

Jeannine Bell was appointed the Richard S. Melvin Professor of Law at Indiana University and Donita Brady was named Presidential Assistant Professor of Cancer Biology at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine.

North Carolina A&T Partners With Other Area Schools for Nurse Training Center

North Carolina A&T Partners With Other Area Schools for Nurse Training Center

Historically Black North Carolina A&T State University is teaming up with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Guilford Technical Community College for a shared nursing teaching facility.

Three Black Women in Higher Education Win Notable Awards

Three Black Women in Higher Education Win Notable Awards

The honorees are Wanda Heading-Grant of the University of Vermont, Juanita Johnson-Bailey of the University of Georgia, and Emile M. Towns, dean of the Vanderbilt University Divinity School.

Howard University Establishes Dual Enrollment Program With D.C. Public Schools

Howard University Establishes Dual Enrollment Program With D.C. Public Schools

Beginning this fall students at two high schools in the district will be able to enroll in courses at Howard University and earn both high school and college credits.

A Quartet of African Americans in New University Administrative Posts

A Quartet of African Americans in New University Administrative Posts

Taking on new roles are Lorraince Acker at Iowa State University, Kevin Appleton at the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, John Michael Lee Jr. at Florida A&M University, and Nicole Edwards Evans at Jackson State University in Mississippi.

In Memoriam: Suzan Maria Armstrong-West, 1948-2015

In Memoriam: Suzan Maria Armstrong-West, 1948-2015

Professor Armstrong-West had served on the faculty at Edward Waters College since 2008. Earlier, she was assistant dean of students at the University of Texas at Austin and dean of academic programs at Rutgers University.

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.

Anita Hill Named University Professor at Brandeis

Anita Hill Named University Professor at Brandeis

Professor Hill joined the Brandeis faculty in 1998. She came to national prominence in 1991 when she accused Supreme Court Justice nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment.

Recent Books That May Be of Interest to African American Scholars

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.

Harvard University Acquires Copy of Unfinished Play by James Baldwin

Harvard University Acquires Copy of Unfinished Play by James Baldwin

One of the main characters in the Baldwin play, Peter Davis, is based on Henry Louis Gates Jr., the Alphone Fletcher University Professor and the director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard.

University of Maryland Archaeologists Conduct Dig at Earliest Settlement of Free Blacks

University of Maryland Archaeologists Conduct Dig at Earliest Settlement of Free Blacks

A team of archaeologists from the University of Maryland is currently conducting a research project in Easton, Maryland, which they believe may be the site of oldest settlement of free Blacks in the United States.

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.

In Memoriam: Levi Watkins Jr., 1945-2015

In Memoriam: Levi Watkins Jr., 1945-2015

Dr. Watkins was the first African American graduate of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. The long-time Johns Hopkins University faculty member also was the first doctor to implant an automatic heart defibrillator in a patient.

Simmons College of Kentucky Is Now Officially a HBCU

Simmons College of Kentucky Is Now Officially a HBCU

In an era where the number of historically Black colleges and universities is decreasing due to financial difficulties, Simmons College of Kentucky adds a new name to the list of the nation’s HBCUs.