Eight Black Faculty Members Who Have Been Given New Assignments

Rosemary Ndubuizu is a new assistant professor of African American studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Her research is focused on racial and gender issues involving housing.

Dr. Ndubuizu is a graduate of Stanford University. She earned a Ph.D. in women’s and gender studies at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Mecca Jamilah Sullivan was named an assistant professor of English at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. She was an assistant professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Dr. Sullivan is the author of a short story collection Blue Talk and Love (Riverdale Avenue Books, 2015).

Dr. Sullivan is a graduate of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She holds a master’s degree in English and creative writing from Temple University in Philadelphia and a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Pennsylvania.

Ivan Banks was appointed chair of the department of education and psychology at Alcorn State University in Mississippi. He was the director of the Center for Educator Preparation and Certification Services at Alabama A&M University. Dr. Banks is the former interim executive director for the Vicksburg campus of Alcorn State University.

Dr. Banks is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, where he majored in history and sociology. He holds a master’s degree in economic education from John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio, and an educational doctorate from the University of Kentucky.

Carolyn Roberts was named assistant professor of African American studies at Yale University. She has been serving as a postdoctoral associate in history and the history of medicine at Yale.

Dr. Roberts is a graduate of Dartmouth College. She holds a master’s degree from Andover Newton Theological School in Newton, Massachusetts, and a second master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Julie Dash was appointed Distinguished Professor in the Arts at Spelman College in Atlanta. She will develop a new major in documentary filmmaking at the college. Her film Daughters of the Dust was a winner at the 1991 Sundance Film Festival.

Professor Dash is a graduate of the City College of New York. She earned a master of fine arts degree in motion picture and television production at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Kwabena Kesse is a new assistant professor of finance at the Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota. He is teaching courses on security analysis and international finance.

Dr. Kesse is a graduate of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana, where he majored in civil engineering. He holds a master’s degree in actuarial science from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, and a Ph.D. in finance from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Susan Salahshor, an assistant professor in the College of Medicine at Florida State University, was named president of the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants. She is the first African American woman to serve as president of the organization.

Dr. Salahshor is a graduate of St. John’s University in Queens, New York. She holds a master’s degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Nebraska and a Ph.D. in health care administration from Capella University.

Braxton D. Shelley is a new assistant professor of music at Harvard University. He won the Paul A. Risk Prize from the American Musicology Society in 2016.

Dr. Shelley is a graduate of Duke University, where he majored in music and history. He holds a master of divinity degree and a Ph.D. in the history and theory of music from the University of Chicago.


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