Six Black Faculty Members Taking on New Assignments in Academia

jeminsonMae C. Jemison was named to the Poling Chair of Business and Government in the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. She is a former professor of environmental studies at Dartmouth College. Dr. Jemison is the first woman of color to travel into outer space. She was a NASA astronaut for six years.

Dr. Jemison is a graduate of Stanford University, where she majored in chemical engineering. She received a medical doctorate at Cornell University.

amanda-mbuviAmanda B. Mbuvi was appointed an assistant professor of religion at High Point University in High Point, North Carolina. She is the author of Belonging in Genesis: Biblical Israel and the Politics of Identity Formation (Baylor University Press, 2016).

Dr. Mbuvi is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. She holds a master’s degree in Biblical studies from the Palmer Theological Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. Dr. Mbuvi earned a Ph.D. in religion at Duke University.

sarah_lewisedSarah Lewis is a new assistant professor of the history of art and architecture at Harvard University. She had been teaching at the Yale School of Art and previously held a curatorial post at the Museum of Modern Art in New York . She is the author of The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery (Simon & Schuster, 2014).

Dr. Lewis is a graduate of Harvard University. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Oxford in England and a Ph.D. in the history of art from Yale University.

lauren_lucasLauren Sudeall Lucas, an assistant professor in the College of Law at Georgia State University in Atlanta, was named the inaugural director of the Center for Access to Justice at the university. The center studies issues relating to access to legal services for individuals with low incomes.

Professor Lucas is a graduate of Yale University, where she majored in political science. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School.

sellersRobert M. Sellers, the Charles D. Moody Collegiate Professor of Psychology and Education at the University of Michigan, has been selected to serve as the inaugural chief diversity officer at the university. Professor Sellers joined the faculty at the university in 1997 and was promoted to full professor in 2002.

Dr. Sellers is a 1985 graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he majored in psychology. He earned a Ph.D. in personality psychology at the University of Michigan.

norma_schropshireNorma Schropshire has joined the faculty at the School of Social Work at Wayne State University in Detroit as a full-time lecturer. She has been an adjunct instructor at the university since 2012. She is teaching courses on diversity, macro theory and practice, and family systems.

Before joining the academic world, Schropshire was a case manager with the Children’s Aid Society working with homeless and abused teen mothers. She holds a master of social work degree from the University of Michigan.


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