Archive for July, 2015

South Carolina State University Tightens Its Belt

South Carolina State University Tightens Its Belt

For the first time in several years, South Carolina State University has projected a balanced budget. But, the balanced budget came about with some major cuts that will be felt across the university community.

Two Black Scholars in New Faculty Roles

Two Black Scholars in New Faculty Roles

Tatishe Nteta was promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts and Wanda K. Lawrence was appointed chair of the department of nursing at North Carolina Central University in Durham.

Johnson C. Smith University Creates a University College

Johnson C. Smith University Creates a University College

The new University College at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina, is a comprehensive new program designed to help connect new traditional college students to the university community.

Stanford's Jennifer Eberhardt Is Among the "50 Groundbreaking Scientists"

Stanford’s Jennifer Eberhardt Is Among the “50 Groundbreaking Scientists”

Jennifer L. Eberhardt, an associate professor of psychology at Stanford University, was one of 15 women among the “50 Groundbreaking Scientists Who are Changing the Way We See the World” selected by Business Insider.

Delaware State University Partners With SAP SE Corporation

Delaware State University Partners With SAP SE Corporation

The new Center for Excellence at Delaware State will train the university’s students in state-of-the-art business software applications from the world’s second largest independent software company.

Eight African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Eight African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Here is this week’s roundup of African Americans who have been appointed to new administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

In Memoriam: Wallace T. Dooley Jr. 1947-2015

In Memoriam: Wallace T. Dooley Jr. 1947-2015

Wallace Dooley served as an athletics administrator at several historically Black colleges and universities. In 2001, Dooley was appointed the media relations director and assistant commissioner for the Southwest Athletic Conference.

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

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.

Tracy Smith to Lead the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University

Tracy Smith to Lead the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University

Professor Smith has taught creative writing at the university since 2005. Earlier, she taught at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York, the University of Pittsburgh, and Columbia University. In 2012, she won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry.

In Memoriam: Silas Norman Jr. 1941-2015

In Memoriam: Silas Norman Jr. 1941-2015

Silas Norman Jr. was associate dean of admissions, diversity and inclusion at the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. Until 2014, he also served as chair of the board of trustees of his alma mater, Paine College in Augusta, Georgia.

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.

Purdue University Eliminates the Post of Chief Diversity Officer

Purdue University Eliminates the Post of Chief Diversity Officer

Many colleges and universities across the world have added an administrative post with the title of chief diversity officer in recent years. Purdue University did so six years ago. But now the university has eliminated the position but says all diversity programs will remain.

Cornell University Mounts an Effort to Increase Diversity Among Op-Ed Writers

Cornell University Mounts an Effort to Increase Diversity Among Op-Ed Writers

Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, has mounted a program where the goal is to increase the number of women and minorities who regularly contribute op-ed pieces to major media outlets.

In Memoriam: George E. Cooper, 1947-2015

In Memoriam: George E. Cooper, 1947-2015

George Cooper was the executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the former president of South Carolina State University in Orangeburg.

Dillard University's Kiki Baker Barnes Named Athletic Administrator of the Year

Dillard University’s Kiki Baker Barnes Named Athletic Administrator of the Year

Kiki Baker Barnes was chosen as the 2015 Administrator of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Directors. Dr. Barnes also serves as president of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference.

Heidi Anderson to Be the Next Provost at Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Heidi Anderson to Be the Next Provost at Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Since 2013, Dr. Anderson has been provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Previously, she served as a faculty member and an administrator at the University of Kentucky for 11 years.

A Decline in Black Enrollments in Higher Education: But Graduate Enrollments Inch Higher

A Decline in Black Enrollments in Higher Education: But Graduate Enrollments Inch Higher

There were 3,954,120 Black or African American students who were enrolled in higher education during the 2013-14 academic year. They made up 14.2 percent of all enrollments. Black enrollments were down 3.1 percent from the previous year.

Jarvis Christian College Extends Its President's Contract for Five Years

Jarvis Christian College Extends Its President’s Contract for Five Years

The historically Black college, located east of Dallas in Hawkins, Texas, has extended the contract of President Lester C. Newman through June 2020. Dr. Newman became the 12th president of the college three years ago.

New Study Led by University of Vermont Scholar Sheds Light on "Bias Awareness"

New Study Led by University of Vermont Scholar Sheds Light on “Bias Awareness”

A new study led by Sylvia Perry, an assistant professor of psychological science at the University of Vermont, finds that Whites who are aware of their biases are better equipped to deal with society’s racial challenges than Whites who believe they are racially colorblind.

The New Chief of Staff in the Chancellor's Office at Syracuse University

The New Chief of Staff in the Chancellor’s Office at Syracuse University

Candace Campbell Jackson has been serving as vice president for student success and vice provost for academic success at the University of Akron in Ohio. She will also hold the title of vice president at Syracuse University.

Racial Hate in Public Schools Appears to Be on the Decline

Racial Hate in Public Schools Appears to Be on the Decline

New data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that large numbers of Black students are still subjected to hate speech and hate-related graffiti at schools. But a far lower percentage of Black students were exposed in 2013 than was in the case in 2005.

Spelman College "Discontinues" the Cosby Endowed Professorship

Spelman College “Discontinues” the Cosby Endowed Professorship

The college said the “related funds” were returned to the Clara Elizabeth Jackson Carter Foundation, which was founded by Camille Cosby in honor of her mother.

Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis May Now Offer Graduate Degree Programs

Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis May Now Offer Graduate Degree Programs

The historically Black educational institution also will offer four new bachelor’s degree programs in finance, political science, sociology and urban ecology. And there are two new online degree programs in health care management and criminal justice.

A Milestone Faculty Appointment at the University of Kansas

A Milestone Faculty Appointment at the University of Kansas

Nicole Hodges Persley is the first African American woman to be granted tenure in the department of theatre at the University of Kansas. She is also the first Black scholar to serve as director of the graduate studies in the theatre department.

College Choice Website Ranks the Nation's HBCUs

College Choice Website Ranks the Nation’s HBCUs

Tuskegee, Hampton, and Bethune-Cookman hold the top three spots in the rankings. Spelman College, which is ranked first among all HBCUs in the rankings published by U.S. News & World Report, is in 17th place in the College Choice rankings.

Four Black Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

Four Black Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

The honorees are George L. Daniels of the University of Alabama, Lawanda Cummings of Paine College in Augusta, Georgia, Hewitt W. Matthews of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and Dawn J. Wright of Oregon State University.

Checking Up on the Status of Barber-Scotia College

Checking Up on the Status of Barber-Scotia College

The historically Black educational institution in Concord, North Carolina, lost its accreditation in 2004 and has struggled to regain its footing ever since. A new interim president has been appointed.

A Dozen African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

A Dozen African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Here is this week’s roundup of African Americans who have been appointed to new administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

In Memoriam: Delores M. Andy, 1936-2015

In Memoriam: Delores M. Andy, 1936-2015

Professor Andy joined the staff at Temple University in 1974 as director of the Joint Recreation Resources Project. Three years later, she joined the faculty. She taught at Temple for 30 years.

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.

Hate Crimes on College Campuses Up Slightly

Hate Crimes on College Campuses Up Slightly

In 2012 there were 791 reported hate crimes on college and university campuses in the United States. Of the 791 reported hate crimes, 355, or 44.8 percent, were motivated by race.

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.

In Memoriam: Ancio Ostane, 1978-2015

In Memoriam: Ancio Ostane, 1978-2015

Ancio Ostane, a former adjunct professor of mathematics at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn and a teacher in the New York City public school system, was killed in a fiery automobile crash that police say was caused by a drunk driver.

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.

Only Half of the Law Schools at HBCUs Have a Majority of Blacks in Their Student Bodies

Only Half of the Law Schools at HBCUs Have a Majority of Blacks in Their Student Bodies

This brief snapshot of the six law schools at historically Black universities compares enrollments, selectivity, and bar passage rates.