New Faculty Assignments for Five African American Scholars

Tomisha Brock was named an assistant professor of music and director of university bands at Clark Atlanta University. Brock is the first woman to serve as director of bands at the university. Previously, Brock was associate director of bands and an assistant professor at Mississippi Valley State University.

Brock is a graduate of Virginia State University and holds a master’s degree from Norfolk State University in Virginia. She is pursuing a doctorate in music education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Lolita Buckner Inniss was appointed to the faculty at the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She has been serving as a professor at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University in Ohio.

Professor Inniss is graduate of Princeton University and the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. She also holds a master’s degree in law and a Ph.D. from York University in Toronto.

Myra Greene will join the faculty of the department of art and visual culture at Spelman College in Atlanta. She will direct the new photography major in the department. She was a visiting scholar at the college during the 2016-17 academic year.

Green holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a master of fine arts degree in photography from the University of New Mexico.

Thomas Bynum has been appointed director of the Black Studies Program at Cleveland State University. He has been serving as an associate professor of African American studies at Middle Tennessee State University. Dr. Bynum is the author of NAACP Youth and the Fight for Black Freedom, 1936-1965 (University of Tennessee Press, 2013).

Dr. Bynum is a graduate of Barton College in Wilson, North Carolina. He holds a master’s degree from Clark Atlanta University and a Ph.D. from Georgia State University.

Linda M. Burton, the James B. Duke Professor of Sociology at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, has been given the added duties of director of the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy. She joined the faculty at Duke in 2006.

Professor Burton holds a bachelor’s degree in gerontology and a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.


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