Archive for July, 2016

Tennessee State University in a New Effort to Promote Urban Agriculture

Tennessee State University in a New Effort to Promote Urban Agriculture

Under the agreement with Farm Credit of Mid-America, the College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Resources at Tennessee State will promote new ways of growing fruit and vegetables in small urban spaces.

New Roles for Six Black Faculty Members

New Roles for Six Black Faculty Members

Taking on new assignments are Chalres DeSassure at Tarrant County College, Debbie Owens at Murray State University, Kalenda Eaton at Arcadia University, Tameka Winston at Tennessee State University, Jason Mott at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and Shennette Garrett-Scott of the University of Mississippi.

Eli Lilly and Company's New Minority Fellowship Program for Howard University Graduates

Eli Lilly and Company’s New Minority Fellowship Program for Howard University Graduates

The Minority Fellowship program is open to physicians and other individuals who hold doctorates in scientific fields who want to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical field. The first class of Minority Fellows are Howard University graduates.

Tennessee State University Scholar Wins Book Award

Tennessee State University Scholar Wins Book Award

Harriett Kimbro-Hamilton, an associate professor of human performance and science at Tennessee State University in Nashville, was awarded for writing a book on her father who was a six-time all-star in the Negro Baseball League.

Fort Valley State University's New Program to Enhance Access to Higher Education

Fort Valley State University’s New Program to Enhance Access to Higher Education

The HBCU has entered into an agreement with Gordon State College in Barnesville, Georgia, that aims to increase access to college for students who show promise but have not achieved the necessary admission requirements for a state university.

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 Timothy Dunn at Trinity College in Connecticut, Eboney Hearn at MIT, Latonya Guillory at the University of Southern Mississippi, Tracy Dildy at Chicago State University, and Getchel L. Caldwell at Clark Atlanta 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, JBHE 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.

University of Oregon Creates a Fund to Promote Diversity

University of Oregon Creates a Fund to Promote Diversity

The Division of Equity and Inclusion at the University of Oregon has begun a new fundraising drive to build a fund that will support efforts to recruit more students and faculty from underrepresented groups and to create a more welcoming environment on campus.

In Memoriam: Michael Robert Williams, 1952-2016

In Memoriam: Michael Robert Williams, 1952-2016

Dr. Michael Williams joined the faculty at Cleveland State University in 1985 as an assistant professor of social work. In 2004, he was named director of the Black studies program at the university and remained in that post until his death.

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.

Higher Education: Putting Our Children on the Bus to Success

Higher Education: Putting Our Children on the Bus to Success

Professor Angela Mae Kupenda of the Mississippi College of Law offers a commentary on parents’ and other caregivers’ responsibility to put African American children on the path to success through higher education.

The New Dean of the School of Engineering at Morgan State University

The New Dean of the School of Engineering at Morgan State University

Dr. Michael G. Spencer has been serving as a professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He will be only the second dean in the history of the School of Engineering at Morgan State.

University of Louisville Aims to Diversify Its Master's Degree Program in Biostatistics

University of Louisville Aims to Diversify Its Master’s Degree Program in Biostatistics

The University of Louisville has entered into an agreement with the School of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science of the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa.

Robert J. Jones Named Chancellor of the Urbana Campus of the University of Illinois

Robert J. Jones Named Chancellor of the Urbana Campus of the University of Illinois

Dr. Jones will also serve as a vice president for the three-campus University of Illinois system and as a tenured professor in the department of crop science in the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences. He has been serving as president of the University at Albany.

New Data on African American's Enrollments and Degree Awards in Higher Education

New Data on African American’s Enrollments and Degree Awards in Higher Education

The data shows that in the 2014-15 academic year, there were 3,810,300 African Americans enrolled at degree-granting institutions in the United States. They made up 13.9 percent of the total enrollments in higher education.

Wilberforce University in Ohio Names Its Next President

Wilberforce University in Ohio Names Its Next President

The oldest private historically Black college and university in the nation has named Herman J. Felton Jr. as the educational institution’s 21st president. He has been serving as senior vice president and chief operating officer at Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina.

Study Finds That Mandatory Diversity Training Is Ineffective

Study Finds That Mandatory Diversity Training Is Ineffective

The authors suggest that managers who are obliged to undergo training have a natural tendency to resent it. People don’t like to be told how to behave. They outline other strategies that may be more effective in reaching diversity goals.

Gloria Pryor James Is the New Provost at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas

Gloria Pryor James Is the New Provost at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas

Dr. James is the former provost and vice president for academic affairs at Virginia Union University in Richmond. She has also served as dean for undergraduate studies, professor of communication and executive assistant to the president of Clark Atlanta University in Georgia.

Tulane University Study Finds a High Degree of Dissatisfaction With Body Size Among Blacks

Tulane University Study Finds a High Degree of Dissatisfaction With Body Size Among Blacks

When shown an image of different body sizes, only 44 percent of all participants selected the image that corresponded with their actual size. More people underestimated their size than overestimated their size.

The Next President of Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, North Carolina

The Next President of Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, North Carolina

Thomas A. Walker Jr. has been serving since 2014 as president of the Grand Island campus of Central Community College in Nebraska. He holds a master’s degree and an educational doctorate from the University of Memphis.

Image of President Obama in a Noose Appears on Board Member's Web Page

Image of President Obama in a Noose Appears on Board Member’s Web Page

George “Sonny” Yellott, a 76-year-old member of the board of directors of Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon, was asked by fellow members of the board to resign.

Morgan State University Partners With the Army Corps of Engineers

Morgan State University Partners With the Army Corps of Engineers

The partnership calls for collaborate research programs, student internships and mentoring, academic and career counseling, and instruction and lectures in STEM fields by Army Corps of Engineers professionals.

Five Black Faculty Members Appointed to New Posts

Five Black Faculty Members Appointed to New Posts

Taking on new roles are Andre Churchwell at Vanderbilt University, Daphne Bernard at Howard University, Ermias Kebreab of the University of California, Davis, Shontavia Johnson at Drake University in Iowa, and T. Elon Dancy II at the University of Oklahoma.

North Carolina A&T State University Scholars Develop New Asphalt Product

North Carolina A&T State University Scholars Develop New Asphalt Product

Pig farmers around the world have to deal with 43 billion gallons of pig manure each year. Scientists at historically Black North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro have come up with a new process that could produce a valuable product from pig waste.

Attica Locke to Receive the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction

Attica Locke to Receive the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction

The Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction is presented by the University of Alabama Law School and the ABA Journal. Locke is a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

After a Four-Year Freeze, Benedict College Has a Modest Tuition Increase

After a Four-Year Freeze, Benedict College Has a Modest Tuition Increase

David Swinton, president of Benedict College, stated that “in order to maintain the quality of our academic programs and physical plant, a moderate increase was necessary.”

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 Daniel M. Roderick at Clark University in Massachusetts. Kirsten Elleby at the University of New Orleans, Kevin D. Howell at the University of North Carolina System, Aishah S. Casseus at Florida State University, and Timothy R. Terrentine Sr. at Western Michigan University.

In Memoriam: Ronald E. Harris, 1960-2016

In Memoriam: Ronald E. Harris, 1960-2016

At Chicago State, Harris founded the Teaching and Educating Men of Black Origin program and the Continuing the Journey Conference for Black male high school students. He was the director of the African American Male Resource Center.

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

From time to time, JBHE will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week’s selections.

Justice Department Agents to Undergo Training in Implicit Bias

Justice Department Agents to Undergo Training in Implicit Bias

The Fair & Impartial Law Enforcement training program, developed by Lorie Fridell, an associate professor of criminology at the University of South Florida in Tampa, will be administered to more than 23,000 federal agents.

Western Illinois University to Eliminate Degree Program in African American Studies

Western Illinois University to Eliminate Degree Program in African American Studies

Western Illinois University in Macomb has announced that is eliminating several degree programs due to low number of students pursing bachelor’s degrees in these fields. One of the degree program being eliminated is African American studies. Blacks make up 19 percent of the undergraduate student body at the university.

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.

Bethune-Cookman University Teams Up With Arizona Summit Law School

Bethune-Cookman University Teams Up With Arizona Summit Law School

Under the agreement, more than $12 million in scholarships will be offered to students from Bethune-Cookman University and other HBCUs. About 100 scholarships will be available annually for HBCU students.

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 Website Explores the Origins of African American Music

New Website Explores the Origins of African American Music

Scholars at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, have debuted an interactive website that chronicles what is believed to be among the earliest examples of the music of the African diaspora.