Five African American Scholars in New Faculty Roles

Marvella Ford was named to the SmartState Endowed Chair in Prostate Cancer Disparities at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg. It is the first endowed chair in the university’s history.

Dr. Ford has been serving as a tenured professor in the department of public health sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also was the associate director of Population Sciences and Cancer Disparities at the Hollings Cancer Center of the Medical University of South Carolina.

Lyle Gibson was appointed chair of the social science division at the Penn Valley campus of Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City, Missouri. He has taught history at the college since 2004.

Gibson holds a master’s degree in history from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is the author of Black Tie White Tie: Chronicle of an American Family 1739-1940 (Cushani Publishing, 2006).

David J. Wallace, was promoted to assistant professor at the Relay Graduate School of Education in New York City. He was an instructional fellow.

Dr. Wallace is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, where he majored in psychology. He holds a master’s degree from Relay Graduate School of Education in elementary education, and completed his educational doctorate in education leadership and management from St. Thomas University.

Lena Hill, an associate professor of English and African American studies at the University of Iowa, was named interim chief diversity office and associate vice president at the university. She joined the faculty in 2006 and was awarded tenure in 2013. Dr. Hill is the co-editor of Invisible Hawkeyes: African Americans at the University of Iowa During the Long Civil Rights Era (University of Iowa Press, 2015).

Dr. Hill is a summa cum laude graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C. She earned a Ph.D. in English at Yale University.

Carol Annette Wilson was named associate professor and chair of the department of humanities, education, and social sciences at Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina.

Dr. Wilson holds a bachelor’s degree in home economics and a master’s degree in early childhood education from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. She holds a doctorate in educational leadership and policy analysis from East Tennessee State University.


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