Five African American Faculty Members Given New Assignments

Dineo Khabele was appointed director of gynecologic oncology and professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Kansas Health System. She was an associate professor at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Dr. Khabele earned a bachelor’s degree and a medical doctorate at Columbia University in New York City.

Cullen Buie, the Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Career Development Professor in the department of mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was granted tenure. He works to exploit microscale electric-field driven transport phenomena for applications in biotechnology, fluid mechanics, and energy.

Dr. Buie joined the MIT faculty in 2010. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Ohio State University and holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.

Ingrid M. Nembhard was named the Ira Vaughn Hiscock Associate Professor of Public Health at Yale University. She also serves as an associate professor in the Yale School of Management and is the associate director of the Health Care Management Program at Yale.

Dr. Nembhard is a graduate of Yale University. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in health policy and management from Harvard University.

Cherlon Ussery, an assistant professor of linguistics at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, has been awarded tenure. She joined the faculty at the highly rated liberal arts college in 2010. Her current research has an emphasis on the Icelandic language.

Dr. Ussery is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where she majored in political science and African American studies. She earned a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Kami Chavis, professor of law, associate dean of research and public engagement, and director of the Criminal Justice Program at the Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has been given the added duties of associate provost for academic initiatives at the university. Professor Simmons has been on the law school’s faculty since 2006.

Professor Chavis is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After graduation from Harvard Law School, Professor Simmons practiced law in Washington and later was an assistant United States Attorney.


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