Three African American Faculty Members Taking on New Roles

Mavis Sanders, a professor of education at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, was appointed the inaugural director of the Center for Early Learning in Urban Communities at the university. She joined the faculty at the university in 2011. Dr. Sanders is the co-author of Principals Matter: A Guide to School, Family, and Community Partnerships (Corwin Press, 2009).

Professor Sanders is a graduate of Barnard College in New York City. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in social sciences, policy, and educational practice from Stanford University.

Keith Jenkins, a professor of communications at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, was appointed vice president and associate provost for diversity and inclusion at the university. Dr. Jenkins joined the faculty at the university in 1992.

Professor Jenkins is a graduate of the University of Arkansas. He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Florida State University.

Nicole Hodges Persley, associate professor and chair of the department of theatre at the University of Kansas, was given the added duties of associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. She is the author of the forthcoming book Sampling and Remixing Blackness in Hip-hop Theater and Performance (University of Michigan Press, 2018).

Dr. Persley is a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, where she majored in French. She holds a master’s degree in African American studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a second master’s degree and a Ph.D. in American studies and ethnicity from the University of Southern California.



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