Honors and Awards for Six African American Educators

LuskStephanie Lusk, an assistant professor of rehabilitation education and research at the University of Arkansas, received the Rehabilitation Educator of the Year Award from the National Council on Rehabilitation Education. Dr. Lusk joined the faculty at the University of Arkansas in 2012 after teaching at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro.

Dr. Lusk holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Ph.D. in rehabilitation education and research from the University of Arkansas. She also holds a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Arkansas State University.

levi_watkinsVanderbilt University is establishing an endowed chair in honor of the late Levi Watkins Jr. In 1970, Dr. Watkins was the first African American graduate of the university’s medical school. He died on April 11, 2015. (See JBHE In Memoriam item here.)

Dr. Watkins was a graduate of Tennessee State University and after finishing medical school at Vanderbilt, was associated with the medical school at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore for 43 years.

cadamsThe board of regents at Morgan State University in Baltimore has named its University Honors Program in a tribute to Dr. Clara Adams, special assistant to the president of the university.

Dr. Adams is a member of the Class of 1954 at Morgan State and joined the faculty at the university in 1959. During her more than half century of service to the university, she has been vice president for academic affairs and dean of the School of Graduate Studies.

PINNAnthony B. Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and a professor of religion at Rice University in Houston, has been elected a member of the American Theological Society. The society founded in 1912 is limited to 100 members. Professor Pinn joined the Rice faculty in 2003 and is the first African American to hold an endowed chair at the university. He is the co-editor of The Hip-Hop and Religion Reader (Routledge, 2014).

Professor Pinn is a graduate of Columbia University. He holds two master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

william-tateWilliam F. Tate, the Edward Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professor in Arts & Sciences, dean of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, and vice provost for graduate education at Washington University in St. Louis, received the 2015 Distinguished Contributions to Social Contexts in Education Research-Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Educational Research Association-Division G for his research on social and science policy.

Dr. Tate joined the Washington University faculty in 2002. He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University. Professor Tate holds a master’s degree in mathematical sciences education from the University of Texas at Dallas and a doctorate in mathematics education from the University of Maryland at College Park. In 2011, he added to his resume, earning a master’s degree in psychiatric epidemiology from the Washington University School of Medicine.

knowlesEm Claire Knowles, an assistant dean at Simmons College in Boston, received the National Sojourner Truth Award from the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs Inc.

Dr. Knowles holds a doctoral degree in library administration from Simmons College.


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