Archive for June, 2016

Agency Votes to Revoke the Accreditation of Paine College in Augusta, Georgia

Agency Votes to Revoke the Accreditation of Paine College in Augusta, Georgia

The college quickly responded by saying it would appeal the decision. While the appeal is underway, the college will retain its accredited status. Should the appeal fail and accreditation is revoked, students at Paine College will be ineligible for federal financial aid programs.

Claflin University to Debut a Bachelor's Degree Program in Nursing

Claflin University to Debut a Bachelor’s Degree Program in Nursing

The new program will be offered only to registered nurses who have obtained an associate’s degree in nursing. Claflin states that it will be the only historically Black college or university in South Carolina to offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Four Black Scholars Taking on New Roles in Higher Education

Four Black Scholars Taking on New Roles in Higher Education

Appointed to new positions are James Mack at the University of Cincinnati, Edwin Kwane Otu at the University of Virginia, J’Aime Jennings of the University of Louisville, and Sherman Henry at the University of Oregon.

Dillard University Partners With the U.S. Army Research Laboratory

Dillard University Partners With the U.S. Army Research Laboratory

The Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory will provide funding and other resources for student research during the summer months, as well during the regular academic year.

Two African American Women Professors Honored With Major Awards

Two African American Women Professors Honored With Major Awards

The honorees are Estella Atekwana, Regents Professor and director of the Boone Pickens School of Geology at Oklahoma State University, and Nikki Giovanni, University Distinguished Professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech.

Tougaloo College in Mississippi to Offer a New Pre-Law Program

Tougaloo College in Mississippi to Offer a New Pre-Law Program

Students in the program will be required to take 18 credit hours to qualify for the pre-law minor. Required courses include two semesters of constitutional law, legal research, legal writing, the legal environment of business, and the logic and effective thinking.

Five African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Five African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

The appointees are Gillian McKnight-Tutein at Front Range Community College in Colorado, Marshawn Wolley at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Barbara Exum at Virginia Commonwealth University, Xavier A. Cole at Marquette University, and Kevin McDonald at the University of Missouri.

In Memorian: Charles Warfield, 1939-2016

In Memorian: Charles Warfield, 1939-2016

Dr. Warfield joined the faculty at Western Michigan University in 1972 and retired in 2013. Upon his retirement, he was named associate professor emeritus of educational leadership, research and technology. He was also president of the Kalamazoo chapter of the NAACP.

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 of Interest to African American Scholars

Recent Books 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. The books included are on a wide variety of subjects and present many different points of view.

Dartmouth College Unveils Its Action Plan for Inclusive Excellence

Dartmouth College Unveils Its Action Plan for Inclusive Excellence

The plan contains more than three dozen new initiatives and enhancements of existing programs. Among the most notable items in the plan is a pledge to hire 50 faculty members from underrepresented groups over the next decade.

Brown University's New Visiting Faculty Program Aims to Boost Diversity

Brown University’s New Visiting Faculty Program Aims to Boost Diversity

Under the Provost’s Visiting Professors program, scholars from underrepresented groups will spend between one and four semesters on the Brown campus.

Harvard University Receives the Vast Archives of Televangelist Carlton Pearson

Harvard University Receives the Vast Archives of Televangelist Carlton Pearson

Carlton Pearson, a former Pentecostal televangelist, has donated his personnel archives to the Andover-Harvard Theological Library. The archives include thousands of hours of raw and produced footage from Pearson’s days as a televangelist.

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.

New Historical Archive at Emory University Now Available for Scholarly Research

New Historical Archive at Emory University Now Available for Scholarly Research

The Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University has announced that its SCLC/W.O.M.E.N. archive is now open for study by scholars.

The Brotherhood Initiative at the University of Washington Looks to Boost Graduation Rates

The Brotherhood Initiative at the University of Washington Looks to Boost Graduation Rates

The goal of the new Brotherhood Initiative being launched this fall is to reduce the graduation rate gap between Black men and Black women and also to close the racial graduation rate gap. Joe Lott, an associate professor of education is leading the initiative.

In Memoriam: Herman Jones Jr., 1962-2016

In Memoriam: Herman Jones Jr., 1962-2016

Herman Jones Jr., a retired major in the U.S. Army, was the director of bands and professor of woodwinds at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina.

Hampton University Professor Competed for Miss USA Title, Another HBCU Alumna Wins It

Hampton University Professor Competed for Miss USA Title, Another HBCU Alumna Wins It

Desiree Williams, an assistant professor of physical therapy at Hampton University finished in the top 10 at the Miss USA pageant. The winner is an Army commander and an alumna of historically Black Virginia State University.

Tracking the Progress of African Americans in Degree Attainments

Tracking the Progress of African Americans in Degree Attainments

In master’s degree awards, the gains for African Americans were the most impressive. The percentage of African Americans among all master’s degree recipients jumped from 9.0 percent in 1999-2000 to 12.5 percent in 2009-10.

Linda Rose is the New President of Santa Ana College in California

Linda Rose is the New President of Santa Ana College in California

Since August 2014, Dr. Rose has been the president of Los Angeles Southwest College. Before taking the helm at Los Angeles Southwest College, she served for three years are vice president of academic affairs at Santa Ana College.

Examining Faculty Diversity at the University of Southern California

Examining Faculty Diversity at the University of Southern California

The data shows a total of 3,614 faculty members at the university. Of these, 108, or 3 percent are Black. There are only two tenured Black faculty members in the life and natural sciences and three at the university’s medical school.

New Provosts for Two Historically Black Universities

New Provosts for Two Historically Black Universities

Patricia Pierce Ramsey, chair of the department of natural sciences at Bowie State University in Maryland, will become provost at The Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. Peter O. Nwosu, a professor and administrator at California State University, Fullerton, will be provost at Clark Atlanta University.

Research Project Seeks to Find Ways to Encourage Physical Activity Among African American Adults

Research Project Seeks to Find Ways to Encourage Physical Activity Among African American Adults

Pamela Bowen, an assistant professor of nursing at the University of Alabama Birmingham, is about to launch a new research study on how to best address the low level of physical activity among older African Americans in the South.

Four African Americans Named to Dean Posts at Colleges and Universities

Four African Americans Named to Dean Posts at Colleges and Universities

The new deans are Francine Conway at Rutgers University in New Jersey, Karlene Burrell-McRae at Colby College in Maine, DeMethra LaSha Bradley at Macalester College in Minnesota, and Logan Powell at Brown University in Rhode Island.

Endowed Scholarship Fund at Jackson State Honors Former Political Science Professor

Endowed Scholarship Fund at Jackson State Honors Former Political Science Professor

Jackson State University in Mississippi has created an endowed scholarship fund in honor of Charles Holmes, the former professor and chair of the department of political science in the College of Liberal Arts.

Hampton University Students to Conduct Research for NASA Satellite Program

Hampton University Students to Conduct Research for NASA Satellite Program

Hampton University, the historically Black educational institution in Virginia, is partnering with three other universities in Virginia that will develop and fly a group of small satellites that will take measurement of Earth’s atmosphere.

African American Faculty Members Making News

African American Faculty Members Making News

African American faculty members taking on new roles are Kali Nicole Gross at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, La Marr Jurelle Bruce of the University of Maryland, College Park, Jennifer Hamer of the University of Kansas, and Talitha LeFlouria at the University of Virginia.

Shaw University in Raleigh Reports a Record Number of Applicants

Shaw University in Raleigh Reports a Record Number of Applicants

Applications are up 74 percent from last year. The university also reports that at this time, the number of confirmed new students is up 145 percent from a year ago.

Six African Americans Named to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Six African Americans Named to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

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

Tuskegee University Graduates Are the Stars of a New Reality Show on Animal Planet

Tuskegee University Graduates Are the Stars of a New Reality Show on Animal Planet

The television cable network Animal Planet recently debuted a new reality program that follows the professional and family life of three graduates of the College of Veterinary Medicine at historically Black Tuskegee University in Alabama.

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

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

Through an analysis of the list of new fellows at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, it appears that 14 of the new members of the AAAS are African Americans. Twelve have current academic affiliations.

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 of Interest to African American Scholars

Recent Books 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. The books included are on a wide variety of subjects and present many different points of view.

The NFL Player Pursuing a Ph.D. in Mathematics at MIT

The NFL Player Pursuing a Ph.D. in Mathematics at MIT

John Urschel, an offensive guard for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League, recently completed his first semester in the mathematics Ph.D. program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He took four courses and had a 4.0 grade point average.

Three Black Educators Announce Their Retirements

Three Black Educators Announce Their Retirements

Stepping down from teaching positions are Omofolabo Ajayi-Soyinka at the University of Kansas, James F. Densler at the Morehouse School of Medicine, and Randolph J. Johnson at Delaware State University.

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.