Three Black Women in New Faculty Roles at U.S. Universities

Grace Namwamba_UMES Human Ecology dept. chairGrace Wasike Namwamba is the new chair of the department of human ecology at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. She is a former professor of family and consumer sciences at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Dr. Namwamba is a graduate of Egerton University in Kenya. She holds a master’s degree in home economics education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a doctorate in family and consumer sciences education from Iowa State University.

LawsonDeana Lawson was named an assistant professor in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. An accomplished photographer, Lawson has been a lecturer at Princeton since 2012.

Lawson is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and holds a master of fine arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design.

constance-iloh-Constance Iloh was appointed to a 2015 University of California Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship. She will spend the coming academic year at the University of California, Irvine conducting research on higher education access for underrepresented minority groups. Earlier this year, Dr. Iloh had accepted a position as an assistant professor of higher education at the School of Education of the University of California, Irvine. As a result of the new fellowship, she will delay her faculty appointment for one year.

Dr. Iloh is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park, where she majored in psychology. She holds a master’s degree in business management from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California.


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